As some of you may remember, my mom and I talked about her getting a dog to celebrate getting through cancer treatments. She now has Jenny, a golden retriever who is about 6 months old. She loves this dog!
Some of you will enjoy this story: A month ago, mom called once to tell me that she'd lost 5 lbs in two weeks of dog ownership. A couple weeks ago, she told me that she talks about Jenny nonstop and thinks about Jenny nonstop, and the radiation treatments have just been this annoying distraction in her mind! And this week, she told me that Jenny's got her walking briskly around the neighborhood 3-4 times a day for a 1/2 hour. Whoo-hoo. Maybe doctors should prescribe puppies as treatments!
Okay, now to the question. Mom's had a couple of sessions with a dog trainer. They've got Jenny walking on a leash. She's better on the gentle leader, however. She's also good about going potty outside. She's crate trained.
But there's one hitch... If Jenny doesn't want to do something ... or if she wants to pull up grass or pick up stones (which is not allowed)... she'll just lay down and refuse to get up.
So far, my parents have two different approaches to this behavior. My dad just hauls her back up on her feet -- which works on the leash I guess, but is offbounds with the gentle leader. My mom has been told by the trainer to offer a treat so that the dog gets up and comes to you. Both these approaches work some of the time, but the behaviour continues.
Does anyone have insight into how to manage this?