My partner and I have a chocolate lab puppy
whom we got at 8 weeks of age. He is now 12 weeks of age and has developed this incredibly frustrating habit of just laying down and refusing to move every few steps at the beginning of his walks. We've gradually worked up to walks to the park as he's gotten stronger, and now (once he gets going) he can walk for an hour or so (and then collapse into a happy, exhausted heap when we get home, which is our goal).
Assume all his needs are met when I take him out: he has been fed, watered, and he is well rested. We take the same route every time, and nothing bad has ever happened to him as we walk along. He always stops at around the same places (we have tried avoiding these places by crossing the street, and that didn't help). After 10 or 15 minutes of this, it's like a switch flips and he suddenly decides walks are fun after all, and he motors along happily.
I have tried coaxing him and sternly commanding him. The vet tech at my vet's office suggested we just keep walking and he'll get up and follow us, but I can't let him off the leash on the way to the park because we live on a busy-ish road. Once we're at the park, cyclists often come zipping around corners, so it's not safe for a puppy whose recall isn't perfect to be off leash. We've even tried literally dragging him. In any case, I would like him to learn to walk properly on leash.
Help, mefites! My patience isn't endless, and I've exhausted my ideas.