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We are having major issues with Raven and going on her walks. I believe it is because of the Invisible Fence. It has been a couple months and she will not go on a walk. I have put her in the car and taken her to different trails, parks, my mom's neighborhood. She will get out of the car and plany her 68lb butt on the ground and not move until you open the car door. My trainer is at a loss. I am at a loss. We have ran out of ideas. She is not treat motivated, she is not toy motivated.

We can get her into the car and to a destination and she will go inside the vets, the kennel, etc. but will not for anything go on a walk anywhere. PERIOD. With Cisco, Without him doesn't matter.

I am making sure she gets plenty of extra exercise and she is filling out nicely and is getting a nice muscletone on her. But there is only so many hours in the day and it would be nice to get the two of them exercise at the same time- Not a 3 mile jog with Cisco and then 30 minute fetch session in the yard with her. I will do whatever it takes.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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hummm...i wish i could help....major doesnt seem fond of walking either but he will go...there have been a few times that he would try to sit down on me and i would say no-we are walking and he would get up but on those days he wouldnt stay focused and i took him home and it turned out he was sick once-infection and the other after i got home i noticed he was limping...needless to say both times i felt bad but i dont know when they just dont want to....

i know about it would be nice to take them both and handle it at one time....sasha recently had her last vac so she can go out now and when i tried to take them both i looked like a circus act going down the road! even a little boy, i'd say 8-10 yrs old, said "looks like u have ur hands full! haha...good luck in getting a solution

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Ziva always loved going for walks until the weather turned so horribly hot and humid here---and I thought that was what was making her park her butt on the side of the road and refuse to budge.  I'd just turn around and take her back home where she would collapse on the floor and puff and pant like she had just climbed a mountain.  THEN I had her thyroid levels checked, and sure enough, they were extremely low.  The meds have perked her back up over the past two weeks, and we're now back to walking for 15 - 20 minutes early in the morning (6 am before I go to work) and again for about 45 minutes in the evening, plus our regular Saturday group walks that last an hour or more. 

Maybe she just doesnt feel well?

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It could be Paul- We are watching her thyroid as you know and she has that bacterial skin infection. I am thinking though because she will play fetch for hours on end if I let her, that it may be she doesn't feel safe so to speak out of the confines of the yard. I swear I could stand right over the edge of the Invisible Fence take her collar off of her and dangle a filet in front of her and she wouldn't leave the yard. Cisco knows when we take his black collar off and put his gentle lead or his slip choke on him- it is time to go on a walk and he will only exit and enter the yard via the end of the driveway to go out. I can stand there when his collar is on him and call him and he comes to about five feet of where I am and stops. It makes me feel good that they don't think of leaving the yard, yet I want and need her to feel safe with going on a nice walk with us.

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That does seem odd that she is ok except for leaving the yard.  There must be a way to break thru to her, though, and let her stop thinking about being IN the yard or being away from her secure feeling there. 

I swear, I have never encountered a dog of my own that didnt want to leave our yard.  On the contrary---I have one terrier now that will see her chance to dash out the door right next to my feet and 'escape" just so she can run around the neighborhood with me running behind her like an idiot waving a hot dog at her to come back.  LOL

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I am glad that I can feel safe enough to open the front door and let them out to play and can get some stuff accomplished (though i am looking out windows and listening for them every other minute) But I want to take her out and let her enjoy what Cisco and I do on our walks. I may just have to pick her butt up and carry her to the trail and maybe once she is there, the sights sounds and smells will get her going.

Picture me carrying 68 lb doberdiva to the trail= the looks I would get lol!!!!

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No advice.  Just hugs!  I'm sure you've "brainstormed" yourself to death...hope someone or something happens to give you a breakthough.

Paul -funny of you and the terrier and the hotdog!

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you said she likes fetch..try taking her to secure locations like a baseball field and play fetch  and maybe that will help her feel secure outside of the yard.  or maybe try throwing the ball a few feet of front of her to get her to walk.

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thanks cf i will try that. I am leaving gd- I thank you all for everything but this has become a nasty place i dont wanna be anymore... I will always respond to pms from the wonderful people i met here, and i apologize if i made this an ungentle place. i know it is just cyberspace but i thought i had a nice place to come to talk,vent and learn. but certain people have made it unbearable.... I will celebrate my kids and work on them on my own with the support of my trainer from now on. this place has become nasty just like the other forums. Opinions are like assholes. everyone's got one. Doesn't mean u have to be one when you are givin  your's!

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Maybe instead of carrying her, you can pull her in a wagon. I know it sounds silly, but I have been chewing on this all day, and when Dexter was scared of our backyard after he got a correction, the only thing that helped him was me carrying him around the yard and showing him repeatedly that it was safe, and HE was safe with me. Since you cant carry her, the wagon would save your back, and you could go over the same path several times showing Raven that its okay, and that she is safe.


Hope it helps Mandy...Cisco and Raven are growing into such wonderful Doberpups, it would be a shame for Raven to miss all the wonderful sights, sounds, and smells of the world because of this minor setback. I'm sure she will get the hang of it sooner or later ^.^

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Thank u I actually thought of that today! Cisco sends his love to his cyberlove!

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haha shibadobe i put a golden into a golf cart because he wasn't willing to walk nicely! lol Many I'm sure going to miss your post and all of the funny stuff Cisco and Raven do. I wish you the best of luck in everything. God Bless you and it was a pleasure meeting you. I wish we all could meet in person.

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I meant to say Mandy not Many LOL

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The ball motivator is a good idea. Try switching her to harness and see if that helps?