Yes, My Dog is Stubborn

OK, Rumpy time for a walk!

Yay! Let’s go!

He’s so excited! So on goes the harness and leash. Poop bags? Check. Cookies in my pocket? Check. Keys, phone, glasses? Check. Check. And Check.

We’re out the door, door checked that it’s locked. Down the steps. Rumpy pees and……

He wants to go back inside.

I’m ready to go back in please.

I beg. I cajole. I offer cookies. But no, he’s not going for a walk this morning.

Welcome to my life.

This does not happen often, but sometimes it does. Just like sometimes Rumpy refuses to eat breakfast. And while he’s never turned down a cookie, there have been a few times he buried them instead of eat them.

If it’s not a work day, I’ll try again a bit later to see if he’ll want to walk, but if he doesn’t want to go, we’re not going.

No, I’m going to continue to sit right here. You can go walk by yourself.

Some of you may have a much better handle of this human/dog relationship, and never have to deal with your dog’s stubbornness.

For me, the relationship is one of give and take, and this morning is one of those days he’s giving it to me.

That’s OK though. Today is my birthday, so there will still be cookies.

Did someone say cookies?


67 thoughts on “Yes, My Dog is Stubborn

  1. No walk?? I hope you’re feeling ok Rumpy.. my dog is so stubborn, last night when I threw a tennis ball to him, he watched it until it hit him right in the snout, then he watched it fall to the ground & he looked at me like “why did you throw THAT ball?…. I wanted the pink tennis ball”.. Geez.. stubborn dog.

  2. Maggie’s is the last wee thing. Got to sniff the flowers. Got to sniff the grass….. every solitary blade. Got to investigate the flower beds, oh look, more flowers.
    There I am saying ‘Maggie wee, good girl, wee wees for Mummy’, like some blithering idiot, and does she perform? Eventually. sigh.

    1. LMAO! I love how Rumpy wants to run in and out EXCEPT after a rain when the yard is muddy. Yes, then it’s time to explore every inch of the yard.

  3. Happy birthday!!

    Pets hey, who would have them., It appears they never tire of finding new ways to push us to the end of the tether. This morning Poppy decided pretending to choke on some hay was a fun way to spend 10 minutes.. little madam!

  4. Happy Birthday:) I can relate to the stubborn dog my husky/malamute mix does not go out in the rain but if it is snowing buckets he wants out we walk an walk then frozen wet mommy wants to go home he plops down in the yard and refuse to move. I know he loves the snow I like it to but only when I am indoors. So we begin the coaxing him in with promises of biscuits and pieces of chicken, Yep I can relate to stubborn

  5. Happy birthday! I remember Cinnamon could be a little stubborn once in a while, but cookies usually worked. I think her stubbornness might have gotten a little worse as she got older.

  6. Oh, yay! Happy birthday! I hope there are cookies AND cake! I am stubborn like Rumpy a lot. When Mom wants to walk and get some steps in on her AppleWatch, I usually flop down in the middle of the street for a street nap. She stands there and stands there, and sometimes has to drag me into the gutter if a car comes. Eventually, I get hot or bored and start moving again.

    Love and licks,

  7. Dakota does that too… he’ll go up to three days w/o eating… But a walk… now that he doesn’t pass up any more – he’s discovered a Golden down the street… now at the age of 10, he’s got puppy love. It’s funny to watch him prance past her house, tail up, head up, quickly glancing over “is she watching? is she watching?”

    Happy Birthday!

    1. Rumpy has done the no eating thing and I get so worried I change his food. Of course then he won’t eat the old food, only the new. I am such a sucker for this dog!

  8. My dog has days like that, but mostly when it rains. Even if it isn’t raining at the moment, if the sidewalk is wet, all he wants to do is go back inside. Happy birthday!!

    1. It was wet outside yesterday but wasn’t raining when we were about to go walk. Maybe he sensed it was going to start soon. Who knows with him. But today we went for a nice long walk and all was well. Thank you!

  9. Not surprising, since some days I feel the same way so why shouldn’t the dog? 😉
    ☆¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.¸☆♪ღ♪* Happy★Birthday to you★♪ღ♪ Hope it’s grand and there are loads of cookies. ღ

  10. Happy Belated Birthday Jen! Hmmm…. Rumpy sometimes refuses to eat breakfast….? Oh no! Please be careful Rumpy! June Buggie might steal your meal!!!!

  11. McKinley will not walk in the rain. In fact, she will try to hold it all day if necessary. I have to drag her 12 pounds of “No! Just – no!” outside in a raincoat and force her to stay out in the rain until she goes.

  12. When you are not in the mood for a walk, ya don’t go… Me I have me fake limp which works a treat on me Humans on those occasions. Some days are just not walk days, no reason needed…


  13. Rumpy is of the Clan of the Curly Tail. They are so different in temperament and personality than other dogs. Clowns, sweet, but so stubborn. We’ve really had to switch gears and expectations with Molly. While she loves walks, there have been days – lovely nice days of not too hot weather – when she just locks up and says,”No go”
    Ours is not to reason why….
    Happy Mirthday! and lots of paw waves!

  14. Ha! Just to get our girl to go out into the back yard when it is raining is an excercise in stubborn.
    “Yes you DO need to pee, trust me, it’s been 8 hours! Go, go, gwan, gooooooo.”
    “Are you really sure you didn’t need to poo, too?”
    Walkies are always welcome, however. Maybe because it never gets hot here?

      1. Ah but you are near to where I grew up, so I’d trade houses for a visit! But that wouldn’t work as I’d love to be here to show you around all the good local places. Dammit.

  15. Talk about stubburn, my 10 week old (hand raised) boerboel pup, wil olny seem to know her name when she feels like it. I still have hope for the future.

  16. Thought my dog was the only one like that. Very excited until the leach goes on. Then he backs out and wants nothing of it. It thought they all like to go for walks…should be a given…apparently not hey. However, it does get easier.

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