So glad I'm not the only one seen trying to drag my basset down the road. I'm always reminding him that "this is a walk, not a smell." Roller skates might do the trick!Sometimes I think about putting my dogs on roller skates so I can pull them behind me a bit more easily.
Canine StressNo amount of rest and recovery will spare a dog from stress if your very interactions with it are based on punitive methods of training and handling. Your very presence will be a stressor even if the dog is pleased to see you or looks to be happy and playful. Because punishment is such an ineffective tool for training it often leaves the subject confused. Confusion in itself is stressful, as is being subjected to painful or fearful events. If you are the creator of such events then it stands to reason that you yourself will be viewed with a degree of fear and confusion by the dog. The best way to reduce your dogs stress is to adopt a training and handling approach based on positive reinforcement. Your relationship with your dog is perhaps the single most important factor in how content your dog is and how well he can learn and work.
Stress is characterized as “positive” (manifesting itself in increased activity) and “negative” (manifesting itself in decreased activity). Picture yourself returning home after a hard day at work. You are welcomed by a mess on your new, white rug. What is your response? Do you explode, scream at your dog, your children and then storm through the house slamming doors? Or, do you look at the mess in horror, shake your head in resignation, feel drained of energy, ignore the dog and the children and then go to your room? In the first example, your body was energized by the chemicals released into the bloodstream. In the second example, your body was debilitated.
Dogs react in a similar manner, and stress triggers either the fight or flight response. Positive stress manifests itself in hyperactivity, such as running around, bouncing up and down or jumping on you, whining, barking, mouthing, getting in front of you or anticipating commands. You may think your dog is just being silly and tiresome, but for the dog, those are coping behaviors. Negative stress manifests itself by lethargy, such as freezing, slinking behind you, running away or responding slowly to a command. In new situations, he seems tired and wants to lie down, or sluggish and disinterested. These are not signs of relaxation, but are the coping behaviors for negative stress.
This may be a repeat reply: Buddylee had a major neck problem about 6 years ago, and thank goodness it healed without major surgery. From that time on, we have used a harness to distribute tugging pressure. So the video, at the beginning, was fun to watch, but then brought back awful memories. Another solution for quick walks could be a skate board (not really).Hilarious! But sad at the same time...it can't be good that she drags him on the asphalt and concrete...or on anything for that matter!