She Doesn't want to go.

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Bella who will be 6 in January is slowing down.

She seems to be in great health, very playful and her appetite and diet/ weight are steady. Several times lately she has balked (stopped completely, looking back away from trail ahead) at the beginning of our usual 3/4 mile off leash hike, while she is still on leash and only a few 100 yards from the house.

This hike is taking place every other day in the morning about 8 am. This morning the outside temp was 75. If it's a really hot day, we don't go and may take her to a grassy park, which she loves.

I wonder if we should A. take her to the vet. or B. let her get her way with this, or be insistent and go, which eventually works?? Yesterday she got a good playful run in on the way back, and was panting pretty heavily once back inside. I do cool her body and paws down with a wet cloth on return. 

 

Any thoughts on this subject/ mid age health/ greatly appreciated.

cheers

 Julia

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 FYI, T'Pol late last winter balked 1/2 way thru our normal nightly walk, and when we passed the house again, veered off and when home on her own.    She ended up having a bruised leg, that she must have gotten in one of her and Ti's play sessions.   We had to build back up to the mile we do each night.

So you had to insist that Bella contunue yesterday, and then she enjoyed the return trip?  That does seem odd.  Dogs will normally go on a walk, right after coming home from going on a walk.  

 

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Hi, 

 Bella is still balking. But it is pretty hot here, even in the morning. If we both go she seems more into it, delays a little then enjoys running and exploring.

I am not sre if I should be having her legs or her health checked. Sometimes she seems a little stiff.

 

Thanks!

 

Julia

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It's always worth going to the vet if possible. I've become slightly paranoid since we lost Dobie, so pretty much all my extra money has gone to the vet lately. It's worth the peace of mind to me, though. Because a Doberman is an expert at hiding any problems!

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It's true, Bella is so regal, she would never let mere humans know that she is hiding some kind of discomfort. She will be going to the sitters' for several days and swim a lot. Not sure if that's good or bad. But if she shows any more symtoms when we get back I will take her in for exam.

 

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I would say the swimming will be good for her.

She looks like she is having a great time in the pool.  My two will not go near the pool, no matter how hard I try.  Yet they will jump in the creek any chance they get.

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Bella was taught very carefully by a doggie guru to enjoy the pool. He held her camly in the water and showed her the stairs many times. Didn't take long, just a couple of visitis, then on a hot day, she became an otter!