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We have a similar situation with breezy. She will just stop walking and not want to budge, which makes it difficult with the other two as they cold easily pull a dog sled on their own. I've often considered entering them in the iditarod but they would only win for the first 50 feet or so (unless there is a squirrel in front then maybe a 100 feet). After that it would be me pulling the sled while they napped.
 

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When they go down like that, you might as well pick them up. The only time I had one start moving quickly after dropping was when it started raining hard.
 

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Your he-human is correct! I totally use Annie to meet new people (who doesn't love a Basset??). And if I see a nice looking young man with his dog in the park, Annie gets an extra trip out so I can check out the goods LOL
No way!! this is hilarious. i have been saying since Day 1 that Worm is a guy-magnet. from a motorcycle gang (not a common sight in these urban/suburban parts), to all of a sudden seeing 3 guys waiting on us at Petsmart, to guys of all ages stopping to say hi to Worm. my theory has been that these are guys who are dog lovers, but wouldn't be caught dead petting some fluffy, girly dog. dunno!
 

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I'd use the oppportunity to take him to the vet for a physical check up all the same. Maybe there is something more going on than just basset stubbornness. It might be worth it to bring you some peace of mind to eliminate there is anything phsyical that's contributing to the pain - that way you can then be sure you are adopting the right strategies for the right problem. Keep us posted. Does seem odd how the pattern has changed so dramatically ina few weeks.
I tend to agree w/Sophie. Doesn't sound like there are any obvious medical problems, but just in case. Pain will do it, as will heart/lung issue (ie. people w/heart failure, emphysema, asthma will have trouble walking a block if their disease is severe enough, for example, and will literally stop walking, too). you could even show your vet (like taking a car to a mechanic) and walk him down the block with your vet, to see what your vet thinks when he stops.

that being said, never met a breed of dog that didn't like to walk, like bassets. it's the funniest thing. i'm convinced there's some genetic predisposition to this behavior. it's quite a basset thing. so if you told me your vet didn't find anything, i wouldn't be surprised either.

i would get worried about dragging Worm around and harming him... he will protest when he wants to visit our dog neighbors and lie in the hallway and not get up. during those times, i lift his harness and set him on his feet. and since Worm will do anything for food, show him his treat and he follows me home. yes, it is bribing, but it seems to be effective in getting him to walk where i want him to go.
 

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Boomer loves to walk as there are apparently lots of things to smell in our neighborhood. Like other dogs, cats, rabbits, possums, woodchucks, etc. We live a few blocks from the edge of town, so lots of wildlife.
 

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with me shouting "he's down! He's down! Stop!!!!" *lmao*
I too am hysterical! Thanks! God! Trolling for alligators! HAHAHA

Funny jokes aside, Fergus has started walking again just fine. I don't know what IS up, but we'll keep an eye on him and get him into the vet if anything starts up again. We are now starting to think that he's adverse to walking on the wet pavement?? I don't know how to get around that without moving to a whole new area of the country. Which, as much as I love him, is not an option.

Point is- we're watching carefully for any signs that might indicate something is wrong beyond the walking thing. I really do appreciate everyone's help and humor.
 

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and get him into the vet if anything starts up again.
that would not be surprising many bassets have an aversion to water. The thing to deterimine is wet pavement vs grass, wet vs standing water etc. again you can use a reward system here that is droping treats for moving ford on wet ground but done for dry. over time wet areas may become preferred. or you can use a devise that can provide a little Persuasion in this vane I prefer the sporn halter w/o the sherpa pads.
 
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