The pic below was taken just after the Wednesday Post’s pic! Ray’s feet and “rear” are clearly immune to cold temperatures as he quite happily stands still, or sits, in the snow when requested to do so.
While this cooperation is appreciated, he does sometimes sit down simply because he does not want to go in the direction that we are going. He has always had a little “stubborn streak” in him, and almost 80lbs of motionless dog (with feet stretched out in front to brace himself against us) can be a bit of a challenge.
How do we move him against his apparent will? There are quite a few options, none of which will consistently work, but one of them at any given time will be just what is necessary to change his focus.
A tug on the leash can work, but not too often.
One of us walking on ahead and going out of sight can work.
Ray seems to like to know where we are going and so telling him will usually work, as long as it is a place that he knows is good for him. Telling him we’re going to Lululemon, and then heading in a different direction does not work!
He will often “stand” upon request, and then walk with us, but he expects his treat for standing upon request.
There are occasions when we will just stand still, and wait for him to decide that sitting at that particular spot gets him nowhere (not much fun this time of year with an arctic blast passing through)!
His apparent desire to simply go in a different direction (it is his walk after all!) will occasionally be accommodated.. We will let him lead and see where he takes us, but that really depends on what we see as his potential options, and whether we want him to go there!
He really is an interesting character!