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Old 06-16-2013, 11:27 AM
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Default Not wanting to work in the back yard.

This has me frustrated somewhat, which I am sure is not helping.

Mia does not want to leave my porch when I try to train with her in the back yard lately. I am trying to think back but she has always been a little more ho hum in the back yard compared to elsewhere but now she just says put on the porch, doesn't want to go on the grass. I have no idea why.

She works outside at the park and at class just fine. I was thinking it could be weather related since it's much hotter and humid lately but... she's zippier at agility class. I also thought maybe it's that the grass was a little wet in the mornings (we have been going out early because of the heat).

I carried her onto the grass once and she started wanting to play but then stopped midway through our last run and just froze there. I had thought before that she was looking kind of done but decided to try one more time (bad idea). Now I'm afraid I've broken her.

I've tried coaxing with treats and balls and nothing helps. I can't recall a bad experience in the yard either. We get back inside and she's totally normal and wanting to play ball.

One other thing was she kept trying to sit in her swimming pool, which makes me wonder if it isn't the heat at least somewhat.

Argh confusing dog.

Hank CA - (approx. 1 1/2 year old Spotty Dog)
Mia CGC - (6 1/2 year old Papillon)
Summer TG3 TIAD - (11 year old Papillon)
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