Friday! And Some Advice Please…

Well, I decided this morning to take Finn for a walk in Prosser Pines, the largest collection of white pine trees in the area.  It’s raining, it’s woodsy and I just thought it would be a good time for both of us.

What does the largest collection of white pines in the area look like? Well, I’m glad you asked…

Pretty!
I tried to get Finn to sit for some nice pics, but this was the best we could do.
Somedog wasn’t paying attention.
And then she did what she pulled on me once before.  She walked in with me and after a few minutes of sniffing and walking, she turned around and just brought me back to the car.  I don’t get it.  
That would be the open area parking lot behind her.  Any thoughts on why she gets in these moods – I thought she would love exploring new places, but now I’m not too sure.  Should I just be sticking to our usual walks around the neighborhood?  That doesn’t seem too exciting at all, right?  
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19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarge
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 10:41:14

    Hey Finn's Mom!Wow, maybe she is a little nervous in a strange place. Maybe try walking in just a little way and stay right there for awhile. Maybe let her wander a little in that space until she feels like moving on, then go in a little further. That's the best I can think of. If that doesn't work, maybe try the exact opposite … just stroll right straight on deep into the woods without hesitating or stopping and see if that encourages her to keep motoring on. ??? Boy, that's a tough one. Please let us know how it goes! Finn's such a beauty.Grr and Woof,Sarge, COP

  2. Berts Blog
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 10:47:57

    Well Sarge said it pretty good. I agree with him. If you act calm and sure of yourself and walk without hesitation (as Sarge Said) but don't go to far the first time….you know, just work her into it.You can also walk and drop treats so the whole experience is fun and filling…..That way she would focus on where the next treat is.That is if she is like me and would do anything, go anywhere when food is involved.LoveBertPS Thanks for the picture this morning. It will work really great. If you get time we could use the last one on todays blog too. The one where she is behind the bush.

  3. Marg
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 11:08:22

    Hi there Finn. It sounds like she is just nervous in a new place. Does she like treats?? I would just try her for a short walk in the woods and maybe take some treats along and like Bert said, put them out so she can find them and maybe she will think it is fun. That is unusual for a dog to not want to walk in the woods.Hope she feels better as the walks go on. Take care.

  4. Stewey
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 11:14:56

    Hi Finn's Mom – many years before I was on the scene, my parents had a golden retriever named Dagmar. Dagmar loved walks around the neighborhood! But, whenever my parents brought her to the metroparks, she didn't want any part of it – go figure. So, maybe this is a retriever thing…??? Stewey

  5. 2browndawgs
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 11:50:40

    I would just walk her as you would in your neighborhood and if you see something fun, encourage her to explore. Lots of encouragement and make it fun.The 2 brown dawgs love the woods and are bored with neighborhood walks. But then again in the woods they can flush birds, so it represents fun to them.

  6. yuki and rocket
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 12:10:46

    In my experience with yuki, it's simply fear. When she sees me taking out the harness and leash, she runs and hides. She will have her tail tucked and act like she has an injured paw. I think her fear is more the dogs in the neighborhood barking at her, because when she's out in the neighborhood she gets relaxed. maybe finn is the type of dog like yuki who doesn't like new situations/places. Maybe if you take her over and over she'll become comfortable with the place and will relax and enjoy herself.

  7. Mr. Pip
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 12:56:25

    We all have different personalities. I am a little hesitant with new places, too.Your pal, Pip

  8. Frankie Furter
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 13:46:47

    Well, I love the woods and stuffs… butt some of us don't. I think there might be too many grrrreat smells and it gets overwhelming.

  9. Penny's Mumma
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 14:20:51

    Hmm, that's a tuffy. With both my red goldens, they would have pulled me crazy into those woods, propelled by all those nature smells. The only thing similar, is that sometimes on just a sidewalk walk, Camry would just come to a halt, and turn and look at me. I never figured it out. I would look around and see nothing in particular. Overall, she had more fears than Penny. Maybe it's a need for reassurance. I think your smile and a soft uplifting tone, along with a gentle but firm hand on their back is helpful. The teacher also told us to stand up tall when giving any command, as the dog looks to you for guidance. Best to keep exploring new places, tho. I think they benefit from it just as we do.

  10. Tessa the Maltese
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 14:40:58

    Yep, I thinks that Sarge, Bert and Frankie kinda said it all. Here in my woods there are so very many smells it really is overwhelmin sometimes!But at least you know the way back to the car Finn!woo, Tessa

  11. rottrover
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 15:22:42

    We agree with Sarge and Bert… If you are calm and relaxed and let her know that you are in charge and that you don't think the woods are scary, she will feel more comfortable, too. And yeah, we work for treats!!-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

  12. tubby3pug
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 17:02:02

    I think Finn may be a little nervous, its a common adolescent thing. Im a bit believer in positve reinforcement, make places fun. Speak in calm encouraging voice and maybe bring some tasty treats on walks or a favorite toy. I am very against flooding, forcing a dog to confront something they are uncomfortable about, so if he really digs in his heels I would not drag or force him. When Bob, our bulldog, was young I attended a training class where the trainer flooded him and it was awful. I think the positive approach is much better. I think you are catching this early so with encouragement and patience you can get Finn to like new things. Another good idea would be to leave when he is having fun, that way he will be eager for more next time.

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    Sep 23, 2011 @ 18:35:18

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  14. Luna
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 03:05:06

    I know that if I'm nervous somewhere daddies with give me some yummy treats and let me take my own time and generally I have lots of fun there in the end.. It may just be a little overwhelming at first..xoLuna

  15. Whisppy
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 12:25:07

    I think Sarge and Bert gave some pretty good tips. Let us know if it helped. Have a great weekend!

  16. Erika and Blair,xoxo
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 18:21:53

    Hmm it sounds like someone might be a little nervous. We think that ensuring that you are calm and just keep going into the woods. Also try to make it exciting for Finn. She needs a leader!

  17. Bailey Be Good!
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 00:13:06

    Hmmm… it does sound like Finn is a little nervous around those tall pines. Sounds like you've got great advice in the above comments! :)Woofs & hugs for a wonderful weekend! <3~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  18. Curt Rogers
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 09:38:07

    As the old commercial says, "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't."Dogs, like people, have different moods. I've noticed it with Duncan. He absolutely loves to swim down at the river but the last we visited he couldn't be bothered. He stayed close to me, seemed disinterested and was rather put out by the whole affair. As much as I wanted to take him swimming he simply wasn't in the mood.Perhaps Finn is fearful of new places or maybe she just really wanted to walk somewhere else that day.

  19. Sugar the Golden Retriever
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 08:28:30

    Woof! Woof! Oh I'm with you FINN … but as I get older exploring new place is getting FUN n less scary especially if my Dad comes along. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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