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Jane Lefler, Animal Behaviorist
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My 12 and a half female lab cross is now refusing to walk with

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My 12 and a half female lab cross is now refusing to walk with the substitute walker and then piddles in the house.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Training
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today. I'm in the USA so I would be unable to call you. In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient. Are you saying that she walks with one walker fine, but that walker is unavailable, so she won't walk with a different one?What does she do that prevents the walker from walking her?Has she met this walker before?Will your girl walk with you?Has she had a recent medical checkup done?Is she drinking more than normal?I see she is having accidents in the house. Is she urinating more often?Does she have any health issues?What have you tried so far?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Hi again,
I was hoping to get a response to my request for more information before answering. At such an elderly age, there may be a medical reason she does not want to walk with a substitute walker. This might include arthritis or muscle pulls, etc. If she has ever been with this substitute before, there may have been a bad incident (in the dog's opinion) that made her scared.
If she is started to experience Cognitive dysfunction syndrome which is much like alzheimers, then she might be fearful of strangers and thus not want to walk with her. CDS and has been seen in Gmuch younger than your dog. There is a wonderful site that explains it well and also explains how to document your dog's behavior and discuss it with your vet.
The good news is that there is a drug called L-Selegeline (Anipryl (R)) which has been recently approved for use in the clinical indication of cognitive dysfunction (CDS) in dogs. Read this site for other drug choices.
Please see this site for more information and other causes that may exhibit the same symptoms.
You could start some refresher obedience training with her and include the new walker which would not only allow them to get to know each other but reinforce your dog's obedience and thus get her walking.
Having the walker hold nice tasty hot dog slivers in the hand with the leash will often get the dog to follow the hand right out the door and on into the walk. The walker would need to give a few slivers here and there as your dog is moving forward to keep her interest on the hand and walking.
This technique is very effective to get a dog walking with the owner or other dog walkers since the hot dog oil will coat the hand and the smell stays even after there is no more hot dog slivers.
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