he's just divine but a couple of things are worrying us.
he hates walking in the lead and will stop dead in the middle of the road so frequently it makes walking him anywhere nigh on impossible. we look cruel dragging him down the road whilst enticing him with treats but he just won't budge. once off the lead he'll be as good as gold. just detests the lead which is a real prob.
second is food. he's fed three decent sized meals a day yet seems perma hungry. I know labs are like this by nature but he seems to always eat grass (which the dog trainer/ behaviourist said he'd be hungry) and will just chase every scrap of food. inc licking the pavement after the bin men have been.
Ref motivating him to walk: 1) try a toy instead of treats in the house first and then when you are out on the lead 2) get the vet to check his joints are ok
As for food;
1) is he wormed? 2) most labs are greedy guzzlers 3) mine eat grass like cows and they are in great condition! 4) grass can harbour unwanted parasites/other unwanted nasties, so probably best to distract him away with a toy or a game when he starts to graze
he's up to date on worming stuff and I am sure his joints are OK given that he's fine off the lead.
he's fed James well beloved I think it's called.
I actually think that the lead might be something to do with food. he's only on it on roads etc where there's potentially food (we've just been on hols and he's already clocked that benches usually equals some dropped crumbs). so when on the lead he's often pulling a bit and always on the hunt for something.
we've been trying to do the loose lead walking that was taught in the class but juggling a buggy too it can be tricky to constantly have a treat in my hand whilst pushjng
and tbh even when it's both of us and he's having treats he'll stop dead.
tempted to see the dog trainer again to see what she suggests. he's a magnificent dog in every other way but we leave in a small city and so he needs to walk on roads a fair amount to reach the best walks!!
In the car at the mo so haven't got weights to hand. he weighs about 10kg maybe a bit more now. he's certainly big for his age (soooo many "oh look at the paws" comments) and dwarfs other labs his age. but he's very lean, he's from a gun dog vs show dog background.
we upped the amount of food after the trainer lady said about the grass. that was when we last weighed him then realised he wasn't getting enough.
was on Purina plus wet food when we got him at 8 eeeks . But we stopped the wet at 12 weeks per vet and breeder's advice.
he gets quite a few supplementary bits from the boys in the day from over the side of the highchair!
10kg sounds very light for a 5 month old Labrador ,are you sure you are feeding him enough ? my Patterdale x is smaller than a 5 month old lab and a lighter build and he weighs 12.5 kg ( and is at his ideal weight) .