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This is more than statuing on walks

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We just brought home a 2.5 YO greyhound.  He loves going for walks, which is great, but at some point (distance is not relevant) he flat out refuses to move because we are not going where he wants to go.  He is 75 pounds of stubborn puppy muscle,  I haven't figured out what to do.  Your typical circling, waiting it out, coaxing, switching directions, does not work.  I realize it should ease up with time, but meanwhile I need to do something.  Dragging him isn't good for either of us.  He is this way with a martingale harness or collar.  

Suggestions?  He will even do this walking in our yard.  

Thanks, Cindy 


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Dante (Dg's Boyd), Zoe (In a While), Brady (Devilish Effect), Goose (BG Shotgun), Maverick (BG ShoMe) and Indy (BYB whippet) forever in my heart
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Petunia does the same. She would stop and look at me as if to say, "You can call Mom with the car now," because that was the only I could get her back home. 

We figured out that she had corns.  You've probably checked that, but look again just in case.  Hers were not only hard to see or feel, but eventually an errant nail popped out through one of her pads also.  That nail was probably pressing on the inside of the pad and hurt after walking some distance. Now she gets that errant nail dremeled off when she gets her nails done. We've significantly reduced the distance of the walks due to this. 


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On 5/2/2020 at 7:10 PM, dante2zoe said:

We just brought home a 2.5 YO greyhound.  He loves going for walks, which is great, but at some point (distance is not relevant) he flat out refuses to move because we are not going where he wants to go.  He is 75 pounds of stubborn puppy muscle,  I haven't figured out what to do.  Your typical circling, waiting it out, coaxing, switching directions, does not work.  I realize it should ease up with time, but meanwhile I need to do something.  Dragging him isn't good for either of us.  He is this way with a martingale harness or collar.  

Suggestions?  He will even do this walking in our yard.  

Thanks, Cindy 

Ours was (and still is sometimes) the same. And when these big chaps dig their heels in it can be impossible to move them ;-)

I thought at first it was stubborn behaviour but quickly realised form his stance he was just nervous, a bit lazy and had really sore feet. As Time4ANap says above - could be a foot issue? The fact he's fine for a bit and then stops...

Have you had a look at his pads and between his toes? 

 

 

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Give him time. He's just entered a bewildering new world and it takes time to understand it. Just because he is OK with a new experience one day doesn't mean he will the next. Statuing seems to be one of the many quirks that greyhounds have but it doesn't last forever and they do get over it. Grace was the same, walked OK for the first few days and then when she started to realise this world is more scary and strange than she first realised and she thought that statuing was the answer until she worked it out.

You could find another dog and owner to walk with or try the same way the trainers put the dogs into the traps for races. You stand by the side of your hound facing the same way and put a couple of fingers through his collar. Start walking and using a similar action as if ten pin bowling you pull him with you and firmly say "Let's Go"  and release the collar. This worked with Grace and I had to only do it 4 or 5 times to stop her statuing. 


Grace (Ardera Coleen) born 18 June 2014
Raced at Monmore Green, Wolverhampton UK - 68 Races, 9 wins, 5 second places
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