Could anyone give me some tips on a new bad habit that my 14 month old Bulldog has started? Lately when I take him out for a walk, if I don't go in the direction he wants to go (which is to a grassy area that he plays in every day), he stops dead in his tracks and won't budge. He sometimes even lies down and refuses to listen to any commands.
He only does this in the first 2 or 3 blocks away from home and keeps wanting to go to his grassy playpatch. I use the gentle leader harness on him because he used to pull but its designed for pulling if the dog is in front if you, not behind. His neck is thicker than his head so we can't use a normal collar cause it pops right off his head no matter how tight.
He is trained and normally listens to me but this is becoming a nightmare for potty breaks! I am at home so he goes out at least 3-4 times a day with me for potty breaks. I always take him to play after his potty so it's not like he never gets to play. His best friend the Labrador is also in the grassy area so that's why he wants to go so badly. I take him to dog parks at least 2 a week and down the beach for romps and no issues there with not wanting to leave.
I've tried treats but he is not interested. I've resorted to lifting him up at the harness and making him walk for a few steps then letting go but he starts laying down in a few steps again and plays statue. People are laughing at us- its so embarassing!