Troubles getting my springer to come out for a walk!

I have a springer that is 7 months old named Oscar. For some reason whenever I get the lead out to take him for a walk he hides under the table. I try to coax him out with a treat but this doesn't work. I then try to pick him up and he starts weeing. The wee can go up the walls and everywhere! I wish this would stop but just don't know how. When he is out he loves the walks.

Any help appreciated.

Thanks, Chris


Hi Chris
welcome to the site. I know how it feels to have such a Jessy for a Springer, George still pees when he is nervous as he is the runt of the litter.

However the good news is yours is still young so there is plenty you can do.

1. It sounds like he would benefit from some structured socialization classes that would give him greater confidence to go outside the house.

2. Try and get him to associate his lead and collar with pleasant times. Just sit in your garden or a safe area with him and the lead beside you, don't pay attention to the lead or collar but when he goes near it to sniff it, reward him with a treat. then when he is relaxed progress by putting the collar on, and reward him with a treat. Keep this progression up until he is happy on the lead. Remember to remain calm and relaxed at all times, as your Springer will pick up on your energy. Don;t try to push him too far too quickly

3. Try to distract him outside by using his favorite toy, Springers are toy orientated and cannot resist. Make high pitched fun excited noises so he associates going outside with fun.

Hope that helps. Good luck and let us know how you get on.

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Oct 13, 2011
by: Michele

New things can frighten puppies. Have you crate trained? If so, I would leave the leash in the crate and let him / her get used to it for a couple of days. If not crate trained you probably have some type of area that is for puppy to sleep - leave the leash wherever that may be. After a couple of days put the leash on. Don't try walking anywhere just yet, just let him / her get used to the leash. Do this for a few minutes several times a day. After a couple of days of this, walk outside. Someplace your pup has already gotten used to, like the backyard. Again, couple of days of that and try to move out front.

Puppies are like toddlers! They require lots of patience and understanding. : ) I don't agree about dragging the puppy. My opinion is that is just more frightening.

Oct 13, 2011
My Springer pup will not walk with us.
by: Anonymous

I also have trouble getting my springer to come out for a walk. We just got a springer puppy 2 weeks ago and she is now 10 weeks old. We asked the breeder if we should be starting to walk her and were told that we should. She refuses, sits and pulls to go back in the house. The breeder told us to be persistent which means dragging her around the block, I did and it does not help plus I am not willing to continue to do this. Any suggestions? Is it to young to expect her to walk and have we now made it much worse by making her go.

Aug 05, 2009
by: Anonymous

Oh my gosh, my Springers love a walk! As soon as they see me putting on tennis shoes they go nuts!

I have a couple of suggestions. First is a basic obedience class. They are usually relatively inexpensive and can work wonders. And you will be amazed by whay YOU will learn!

Second, do you think he's afraid of going out or of the leash? Try leaving his leash on him while in the house. Maybe he just needs to get used to it.

Good luck! Springers are wonderful dogs, but they do require ongoing training!

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