Hey everyone! Louie is our 4 month old spoo. I’m reaching out to you all because this forum has already been such a great help to me. Louie is pretty slow to warm up in new situations. He would much rather stand back and observe a situation than dive head first. This is no issue. I do my best to let him feel things out so that he can become comfortable. Once he warms up- he’s great! The time I see this behavior the most is on our walks, and this is where I need the advice.
We go out each morning to a section of our local greenway (it’s usually pretty early- around 6AM). Almost every morning, Louie refuses to move... UNTIL
he sees someone else. It could be a biker, runnner or another dog walker. When this happens it’s like he thinks “oh! This is what I’m suppose to do!” and he’ll start to prance his little prance, but until this happens it’s almost impossible to encourage him to move. He will also stop and listen every bird ch, dog barking in the distance, babbling brook or leaf falling to the ground. He notices EVERYTHING, and it all seems to make him feel uneasy. I do not pull him, provide him with lots of praise when he walks, and I always bring high value treats, but even these aren’t always enough to convince him.
On the weekends we go on our walk a little later, the greenway is busier, and he acts like he owns the place. Unfortunately, during the week it’s less populated. It’s important to me that he get some exercise before I head out to work and he’s in the crate. So I’m wondering- how can I help him gain more confidence in these walks. I’m trying not to feel defeated.
Thank you in advance!!
I’ve attached a picture of “the prance” 😂