Leo Sploots

Leo believes that it’s his world, and we’re just all living in it. He’s very slowly, but surely, learning that it’s my world, and I’m the boss. Before we brought Leo home, I bought a cute deep blue collar with matching leash that I knew would complement his fur color, assuming he wouldn’t pull too hard because he was a puppy. Boy was I wrong.

For the first few weeks with him, he was walking perfectly fine with us. He didn’t pull and he followed us when we continued to walk, wherever we walked—not that we walked far because he was still a little pup. As the weeks went by, his curiosity, boldness, and stubbornness grew—a lot. He started pushing boundaries and pulling much more, which I was somewhat prepared for.

What I wasn’t prepared for was for Leo to plop down in full-on “sploot” position when he didn’t want to go somewhere. I will admit it’s probably the cutest thing in the world, but also one of the most frustrating—like when he does it in the middle of the street and cars are waiting to pass by.

So, I bought a harness with a forward hook in hopes to cure Leo’s pulling and splooting. Results? It works wonders on the pulling! No longer is he choking himself out, and it redirects him to the side so he ends up slowing down naturally.  As for the splooting, it’s had just about the opposite effect. Now he will drop it like it’s hot just for the fun ride he gets when I’m tugging him along. I’ve seen those hilarious videos of dogs enjoying being pulled along while on a harness. It’s not so hilarious when it’s your own dog.

Does your dog sploot at the worst possible time? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. OOOH Leo, You are so Cute,. I have a Shih Tzu and she is now 14yrs. old to this day she dose it at the worst times also. I am sure Leo will grow out of it, Good Luck Leo.

  2. Bilger Susan ScribnerJuly 6, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    My dogs don’t sploot at inopportune times but when they’re scared they tend to do something that rhymes with it pretty quick

  3. Annemarie LaredoJuly 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks, Rosa! I hope he does grow out of it sooner rather than later!

    Bilger, oh no! If it’s not one thing, it’s something else! Gotta love our pups 🙂

  4. Shortly after adopting our “Leo” from the Riverside County Animal Shelter we noticed he, too, would “sploot” especially when we leashed him up. He let us know “I’m not going anywhere!” It’s one thing when he did it in our home not wanting to go for a walk and quite another when he would go down on all fours when just outside the Veterinarian’s Office door. It was just a “phase” and it didn’t last long. He now loves his walks, car rides and Vet visits! ❤️ His only quirk now is refusing to eat out of bowls or plates…he will only eat food placed directly on the floor! 🙄

  5. Annemarie LaredoJuly 6, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    John, haha I’m glad Leo’s not the only one! He has yet to sploot in front of the vet’s office, but we’re going in tomorrow, so we’ll see if that’s changed. It’s so good to hear that it’s a phase! The upside of your pup not eating out of bowls and plates is less dishes to do LOL

    Good luck with your pup and thanks for the advice 🙂 !

  6. If Leo likes food, put a piece in front of his nose to “lead” him where you want to go, or into positions for commands, giving him the pieces when he complies. That way he gets a reward for his efforts. No leash pulling or splooting is needed. Keep the leash short and slack, giving kibble for staying by your side.

  7. Amber L BourlandJuly 6, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Oh my gosh, yes! My Great Pyrenees pup, Deuce, gets a little bit stubborn (especially when he finds a stick, dead frog, or something else he wants to eat), and just sploots right down. I bought a better harness, so I can get him right back up on his feet when he does it. At least until he puts on another 80 pounds or so…

  8. My geriatric pug totally controls the length of our walks. His slightly younger pug housemate tolerates it, but will occasionally yip a little and nip at him to get him moving. It doesn’t work. So we tug him back home. As for its being a phase, he started doing it when he was about 12. Hope your method continues to work.

  9. yes my girl Mini Aussie Name is Cleo she does Sploot every day many times a day when she is chewing on her crackle Bone, rubber ball and sometimes just for nothing and she even sleeps that way sometimes. Most dogs do lay that way every once in awhile but I find that the females tend to do it more because her brother Jeremiah does it once in awhile but nowhere near as much as females. I just think it is the cutest when she lays that way I come up behind her and grab her legs lift her up and call her Supergirl and she will walk that way for a little bit. she’s is a cute. so i think it is just part of them being who they are & we love them for it, It’s all about the character & who they are.
    Leo just keep being your VERY CUTE SELF WE LOVE YOU

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