A Lazy Wiener

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Maggie’s laziness has reach an all-time high.


If you’ve ever read her “About Maggie” page, you know that Maggie is the dumbest, laziest, and sweetest dog on the planet.  Think of a living, breathing cinnamon roll that likes to cuddle up next to you and eat kibble.  She HATES walking, running, stretching, moving, or transferring her little bootay from one room to the other. 


But lately, she’s gotten even lazier!  She refuses to go on walks now.  I have to carry her from the couch into the grass, where she promptly squats and does her business.  Then she looks up at me like, “Hello? You may pick me back up!”


I don’t think this is a medical issue… it’s just a laziness issue.  What can I do to motivate her to MOVE?  She literally flattens herself down on the sidewalk during walks and refuses to budge.  She does enjoy laying on the patio with her pink belly up in the air.  She loves to sunbathe because it doesn’t require moving!


Help my lazy wiener!


In other news….


This morning I made Toasted Oatmeal.   I love toasting grains (Sweet and Salty Toasted Quinoa, Pumpkin Spice Toasted Quinoa, Toasted Ptitim), and someone suggested I try toasting oatmeal.


Toasting oatmeal is the perfect balance between eating it raw (which I love!) and full-out baked granola.


Quaker is one of our epic Healthy Living Summit sponsors!  Wahoo!


To make the toasted oatmeal, I combined:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice milk
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • Cinnamon


And then spread it out on a baking sheet and cooked for 7 minutes at 400 degrees.


Served with some Stonyfield Oikos (another Healthy Living Summit sponsor!) and a banana.


Places to go, people to see!


Do you have a lazy pet??



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 29, 2010, 9:41 am

    Oh how I wish my dog was that lazy…mine has to be walked for an hour and a half a day, or she goes mad!
    My horse and cats are lazy though :p all three would prefer bed to anything else in the world :p

  • tanyasDaily ProductViews July 29, 2010, 9:42 am

    One of my dogs is that way and the other a complete opposite!

  • Christie {Honoring Health} July 29, 2010, 9:45 am

    I don’t think of her as lazy but she does like to sleep. But what she doesn’t do in activity, my other two cats sure make up for!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 29, 2010, 9:45 am

    Maybe because it’s summer? My dog doesn’t take long walks in the summer because she gets way too tired and lays down on the road. We can only take her out for about 10min or so, but can get away with an hour any other time of year.

    • Shellybean July 29, 2010, 10:57 am

      I was thinking that maybe she doesn’t like the weather. One of my dogs is the same way about cold weather. He’s good once he’s outside, but in the winter, I have to carry him down the stairs to get him out the door. I asked my vet and they said he’s fine and just getting more stubborn as he gets older!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin July 29, 2010, 9:46 am

    I love the idea of toasted oatmeal! I do not have any dogs but wish you luck. I do wish I had someone to carry me around sometimes though! 🙂

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers July 29, 2010, 9:46 am

    a lazy dog seems like such joy! a little cuddle buddy! i think i say this b/c my dog is 100% opposite. she’s a total nut job. seriously. she goes on 6+ mile runs w/ me & right when we get home she heads straight for her toy bin. she’s like the energizer bunny… but i love her. 🙂

  • Sarah @ Long Legs Healthy Life July 29, 2010, 9:46 am

    Oh my goodness. I came very close to spitting my water all over my monitor when you said: “Think of a living, breathing cinnamon roll that likes to cuddle up next to you and eat kibble.” So funny! Maggie looks like such a sweetheart, I would love to get a puppy or two!

    • Becky July 29, 2010, 11:25 am

      I know. Possibly the cutest way to describe a dog ever. A cinnamon roll! 🙂

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) July 29, 2010, 9:46 am

    You can’t force her to be active … this is a decision she has to come to for HERSELF. *cracks up*

    Seriously, I think you just need to embrace your lazy girl! We had a beagle like that when I was growing up, and she was just more than happy to lay in the kitchen and sniff for anything we dropped.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 29, 2010, 9:47 am

    Haha…I had the opposite “problem” with my black lab. He would have run his little heart out every second of the day if I had the time (and energy) to do that. 😉

    Is Maggie into toys? Playing tug-of-war? Or learning new tricks (like an obstacle course that maybe involves a small treat like a cheerio at the end)?

    Lovin’ your breakfast!!! 😀

    • Caitlin July 29, 2010, 9:49 am

      Maggie doesn’t do toys or tricks either. She does do snuggles.

  • Amy July 29, 2010, 9:47 am

    How old is she? My dog got incredibly lazy in her later years. Though we also eventually found out that she had cancer 🙁

    • Caitlin July 29, 2010, 9:49 am

      Aww I’m sorry about your doggie.

      Maggie is 6 on August 15!

  • Kelly July 29, 2010, 9:48 am

    🙂 Have you tried coaxing Maggie with treats to get her to walk? My dog goes through periods of this, but usually, I think it’s just that he likes to lie on the hot concrete after coming from a chilly air-conditioned house. Gosh, I love animals, though. They really do brighten up the day, don’t they?

    • Caitlin July 29, 2010, 9:49 am

      That’s a good idea!

  • Erin @ A Girl and Her Mutt July 29, 2010, 9:49 am

    My Korky can be super lazy. Sometimes he sleeps so hard that when I do wake him up, the side of his little face is all squished in. Eh…I say let him be. He seems…content. 🙂

  • *Andrea* July 29, 2010, 9:50 am

    another genius, simple recipe!!! yay

  • Amanda July 29, 2010, 9:50 am

    I have a very lazy cat. He weighs around 20 pounds and only likes to move when he hears food pour into his dish. Oh and he sits like a person…and he looks like he has a beer belly. He’s really a sight 🙂

  • Kelly July 29, 2010, 9:52 am

    “Think of a living, breathing cinnamon roll that likes to cuddle up next to you and eat kibble”

    I love that. That is SO my dog. My dog is very food motivated, so when she knows I have treats, in fact she now knows the sound of the rustling of shredded cheese and comes running into the kitchen! Food is a big motivating factor for her, so we use that to teach her tricks and we even did agility courses a little bit.

    Some dogs are just lazier than others I guess….Maggie is a cutie though! 🙂

  • katie July 29, 2010, 9:52 am

    My dog is the complete opposite- she is a wild beast! So, I have no tips for you. I motivate my dog with carrots in order to get her to calm down!

  • Errign July 29, 2010, 9:53 am

    I wish I had a lazy pup sometimes- he’s constantly go go go, all day long!

    Perhaps if you just keep offering going out, Maggie will eventually really have to go & will have to bring herself outside? I mean, that’s if she won’t just go in the house, lol. 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 29, 2010, 9:53 am

    I have cats, really is there anything lazier?

  • Rachel @ Suburbanyogini July 29, 2010, 9:54 am

    My tomcat is the laziest creature on the planet. Rolling over is almost too much for him. A visit to the litter tray exhausts him. He is on a diet. He is not even two. What can I do….??

    He would get on with Maggie….they’d be too lazy to fight each other.

  • Mica July 29, 2010, 9:54 am

    Bodger is so lazy…and stinky.

  • Kerri July 29, 2010, 9:56 am

    My dog is NOT lazy. We walk 4-5 km a day and then run that much 4 times a week – he’s my little training buddy so I have no advice whatsoever but Maggie is adorable!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat July 29, 2010, 9:57 am

    My beagle-basset mix is totally lazy but she will at least go for walks and every now and then get a wild hair and run around the house (before taking another nap). At the humane society we adopted her from, she was labeled a “low energy companion” which we refer to her as quite often!

    Good luck with Maggie, I would definitely try to motivate with treats 🙂

  • Rosey Rebecca July 29, 2010, 9:57 am

    My dog was like that as she got older. I’d be walking her, and she’d just stop walking and not budge at all.

    But since you said she’s only 6, I agree with Kelly– coax her with treats. Works like a charm!

    In other news: toasting oatmeal is the best idea ever! Thank you!

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 29, 2010, 9:59 am

    You should buy a tiger to chase her around … I bet she would move her weiny bootay 🙂

  • VeggieGirl July 29, 2010, 9:59 am

    Kiwi was lazy; but Chooey?? HOLY ENERGY POWERHOUSE!! Haha.

  • Laine @ Beets, Butter & Moutaintops July 29, 2010, 10:00 am

    If she’s seeming out of sorts, a vet visit might be in order. She could be getting arthritis or something in her legs.

  • Janna@Janna's Keeping it Real! July 29, 2010, 10:00 am

    Two of them! Two lazy boy dogs I call “doodles”/”lazy doodles”. Not sure WHY that…? They are perfectly content spending their days lazig in their dog beds in the sun of the breezeway. Must be ruff.

    • Jessica July 29, 2010, 1:55 pm

      i actually laughed out loud at “ruff” haha

      • Janna@Janna's Keeping it Real! July 30, 2010, 8:11 am

        The sad thing is, I was actually sitting here snickering to myself as I erased “rough” and typed that. Glad I’m not the only one that finds my cheesiness amusing! ;0)

  • AngelaOSG July 29, 2010, 10:01 am

    Sketchie is a very dog-like cat in teh sense that he is SUPER active, unlike most cats. He always has to be moving around and going crazy. It is quite entertaining. But at the same time, frustrating because if he doesn’t get our attention when HE wants it, he meows like crazy and acts out.

  • Kelly July 29, 2010, 10:01 am

    I was gonna suggest the treats comment too. Maybe she just needs some snack motivation!

  • Chrissie July 29, 2010, 10:02 am

    I agree that using treats to get her moving should be the way to go – as a variation, you could try feeding her by laying a kibble trail around for her to follow 😉

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 29, 2010, 10:02 am

    Ha ha. My dog was like that. He hated going on walks when it was raining, snowing, or too hot. He’d put on the brakes and demand to be carried!

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries July 29, 2010, 10:03 am

    Mr. KD and I want a basset hound, but are so worried about he/she getting too lazy!!

  • Amelia July 29, 2010, 10:04 am

    My dog is like Maggie. If you looked up lazy in the dictionary, you would probably see a picture of Buddy. It doesn’t help that he is really old, blind, and has a heart murmur either. 🙁

    Have a great day!

  • Kim July 29, 2010, 10:04 am

    lol I have a super active dog and a super lazy dog. My lazy pup is my lab/husky mix and he’s also badly overweight due to his lazyness. The vet was even so concerned about it she tested his thyroid! Turns out he’s totally fine, just fat & lazy. Thankfully he still manages to get himself outside though because at 100lbs I don’t think I could carry him to and from the yard!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 29, 2010, 10:04 am

    Ooh that looks great! I love toasting grains as well.
    When I lived at home, we had 2 dogs. 1 was super hyper and the other was veryyyy lazy. She didn’t like hot weather much (and in the Middle East, that’s about all you get!) so when we’d let them go outside, she would get up, walk over to the door, take a few sniffs (I guess that’s how dogs judge temperatures!) and wander back over to her bed. 🙂

  • Anne July 29, 2010, 10:07 am

    Yes, mine is exactly the opposite. She gets walked (jogged) a minimum of 2 hours per day. And she goes to day care 3 days per week (for 8-9 hours) to get in some more play time. The good news of that is that she passes out when she comes home.

    I agree with coaxing with treats. BE THE ALLPHA DOG!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 29, 2010, 10:07 am

    Ha…my dogs are super energetic, and tend to tear stuff up when they aren’t getting enough activity, so this is actually a problem that I would LOVE to have 😉

  • Sarah July 29, 2010, 10:08 am

    I have a doxie named Samson (he’s full-sized at 20 lbs) and he is the laziest thing ever! He hates going outside (not to mention scared of the wind, leaves, grass, anything that might move lol) He as already had back problems at 4 yrs old and when there is a medical problem you will know it…It is awful to see your puppy in that much pain and know you can’t do anything to help! So for a doxie, being lazy is a good thing, because it will keep the back problems at bay 🙂 Plus aren’t they just adorable all curled up 🙂

  • Kristy July 29, 2010, 10:08 am

    My pup is usually playful in the house but as soon as he breaths fresh, hot, Florida air he wants to run back to the A/C. If we go walking for more than 7.5minutes (around the block) or go to the dog park during the summer he scopes out shade spots. 🙂 He only weights 8LB so I cant blame him.

  • Jes July 29, 2010, 10:16 am

    Think of old fashioned cartoons on this one… Get a fishing pole with a bone on the end… Dangle it in front of her as she walks towards the bone, but the bone keeps moving!

    OK, I am half way kidding, but a dog that age should still want to go out and play, so i think the treats thing should work… Even if the “treats” are really just pieces of dog food so she doesnt get fattened up when walking…

    I have a cat that weighs 16 pounds… any advice on that one! haha

    • Dana July 29, 2010, 10:46 am

      Get a kitten. They always help our older cats get more active and healthy.

      • Jes July 29, 2010, 12:44 pm

        The 16 lb one is 7 years old, we have a 9 year old one who is fine… and a 1.5 year old we rescued and sadly, it didnt help a bit! =( We rescued all three, and the Vet said not to worry about it unless she gains more weight, but it’s still sad seeing her…

        • jessica July 30, 2010, 12:14 am

          My cat is 18.5lbs! Does your cat go outside? They get more exercise that way. Unfortunately my fat kitty is really old (17!) and we keep him inside now because he has arthritis (hence the 18.5 lbs).

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing July 29, 2010, 10:18 am

    Maybe by starting the walk off with a small treat to get her going and then rewarding her every few minutes? You could then taper the treats to longer intervals after a while.

  • Charlotte July 29, 2010, 10:19 am

    try playing your list of motivational movie trailers for her!

  • Tina July 29, 2010, 10:21 am

    Have a kid! LOL My dog used to be lazy and then once M started walking and chasing her on a daily basis, the mutt hasn’t been lazy since. Obviously I’m kidding for you, but I would also be sure that it isn’t a medical issue. My parents’ dog apparently had severe diabetes and the only symptom was that she laid around a ton. It was a sudden change from her normal behavior though.

  • Rachel July 29, 2010, 10:22 am

    My parents’ weiner dog is very similar to yours. However she is over 12 years old, and reminds me of a sweet little old lady.

    Unless, that is, I bring my big bumbling boxer puppy around. Then she bears whatever teeth she has left in her mouth and gets NASTY!!

    It sounds like your doggy needs the equivalent of a doggy cup of coffee! I wonder what that would be?

  • Holly @ Self-love and Running July 29, 2010, 10:23 am

    Oooh. Toasted oatmeal. I am going to have to give that a try!

    Both of my dogs have way too much energy! No lazy dogs around these parts!

  • Stephanie Clement July 29, 2010, 10:23 am


    Hi there. I really don’t want to scare you, but about a year ago we noticed that my dog had gotten rather lethargic and we attributed it to her just getting older. I was at school at the time, but noticed it when I would come home for the occasional visit. One day my mum went out for a bit and returned home to Tara (our beloved) flat on the floor (not a typical position). Anyways my mum was very worried and took her to the vet, and about an hour or so later we had to put her down. THIS IS NOT MEANT TO SCARE YOU! But It was due to a stomach tumor that is literally undetectable by any other means but x-ray. Perhaps you may think about taking her to a vet? It may be expensive, but there may be a reason for her lack of energy.

    feel free to email me if you have any questions about the details. Otherwise, I wish you all the best with your new life adventures!

    • Caitlin July 29, 2010, 10:25 am

      Hmm maybe a check up is in order. Sorry about your family doggie!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write July 29, 2010, 10:27 am

    I’ve heard that dachsunds start to have back issues, like arthritis, and the pain affects their movement. Have you talked to a vet about this change in behavior?

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well July 29, 2010, 10:27 am

    Love the shot of the Oats in the grass! You make me want a yard sooooo badly!

    And, the five year old in me adores your persistent weiner references. I definitely giggle everytime. :o)

  • Sarah for Real July 29, 2010, 10:27 am

    You’ve mentioned before that Maggie can be a little scared of things right? I’d bet that her anti-walk thing is related to fear. So you think your move has freaked her out a little? Do the streets near your house have a lot of people-animals-bikes-cars stuff going on? My dog is a totally different animal when she walks in a quiet, natural setting as opposed to more urban places.

    Ceasar Milan would say that walking as a pack with two calm, assertive pack leaders would be the best thing for her. But if she won’t get up off the sidewalk, I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do.

    • Caitlin July 29, 2010, 10:35 am

      The laziness did start with the move so maybe she’s just a bit freaked out.

      • KMattrn July 29, 2010, 11:08 am

        I was going to suggest that you watch some Cesar too! He’s the man! There have been big changes for all of you recently and you guys are so busy getting settled and the practice up and running, the book, etc. There’s no way the doggies aren’t affected by it all.

        There are dogs on his shows who “just won’t walk” and he just puts on a leash and makes them. But totally calmly, no anger or malice. Just being a good pack leader.

      • elaine! July 29, 2010, 2:53 pm

        She looks so sad in those photos! Maybe she’s depressed or anxious. I agree that hanging out with a happy, well-adjusted dog might do her some good. Poor pup!

    • amber July 29, 2010, 2:22 pm

      A move can be pretty hard on pets. I have moved almost every year for the 6 years I’ve had my dog and each time it takes him a good 2 months to get settled. Maybe she needs coffee? haha JK of course!! But there may be some sort of vitamin supplement that could help – maybe there is a holistic vet in your area? My friend had to give her dog a herbal version of prozac because she had so much anxiety. Good luck!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 29, 2010, 10:31 am

    oh man, both of my lab mixes are SO ACTIVE! which i love…but our female is a lot more snuggly and loving than the male 🙂

  • Jennifer July 29, 2010, 10:31 am

    My dog is the opposite. We have trouble keeping weight on him because he is usually wriggling, running, sniffing, etc. If we feed him more, it just goes right through him.

    He did eat a pack of gum yesterday, but I don’t think that will help with weight maintenance.

  • Leslie July 29, 2010, 10:33 am

    Try a Kong toy. You stuff it with treats and they have to chew and work pretty hard to get them out.. it gets my lazy dog up and throwing it around to get the treats out.

    • Caitlin July 29, 2010, 10:34 am

      Maggie doesn’t do Kong toys… LOL

  • Marissa July 29, 2010, 10:34 am

    Maybe this is my medical background coming out but… I agree a vet visit might help. It could be something as simple as anemia or a hypothyroid. She does look like a sweetie though!!

  • Courtney July 29, 2010, 10:35 am

    Well, I have two German Shepherds that require lots of exercise (even at their relatively old ages of 8.5 and 9 years old) but I do know a bit about animal behavior. Just like people, they require proper motivation to do things. I mean, you wouldn’t go to work unless someone were giving you a paycheck, right? Well, I guess Maggie doesn’t see what’s in it for her to exercise. Does she have a toy she might chase around if you teased her with it? If you put peanut butter (or some other high value treat for her) on your fingers, would she chase you around a room to be able to eat it?

    Having said all that, the people that commented that you might want to have her checked by a vet just to make sure everything is okay is not a bad idea. Although you strike me as the kind of person that takes her pets for their yearly check ups anyway…

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 29, 2010, 10:36 am

    My dog (also named Maggie!) is the same way! Especially when its bad weather outside. Though (your) Maggie sounds like me on some days when I don’t want to get out of bed 🙂

  • Sara July 29, 2010, 10:37 am

    Perhaps Maggie is physically/mentally depressed? Because you moved recently, and because she’s spent time at other homes while you traveled, she could be totally worn out and is taking longer to adjust to her new home. I know when I’m traveling for long periods, I start to feel the same sort of lethargic indifference! I would talk to your vet about ways to get her more acquainted with Charlotte. Just my two cents!

  • Angela July 29, 2010, 10:37 am

    Yum that toasted oatmeal looks so good. I always want to make granola but it is so time intense that I never do (although I don’t know if that statement is really true). But this really is the perfect balance. Thanks for the recipe!!

    I used to have the most wonderful golden retriever named Scamp. When he was indoors he was so lazy, but in such a sweet way, he just wanted to snuggle. But as soon as he got outside his energy was boundless, we couldn’t keep him in one place. I miss my puppers.

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 29, 2010, 10:38 am

    Toasting oatmeal is an interesting idea. Do you think it would keep well or would it have to be made fresh each time?

    • Caitlin July 29, 2010, 10:45 am

      I definitely think it would keep well – if you try it, let me know how it works!

  • sweetersalt July 29, 2010, 10:41 am

    Just dangle a treat on a string in front of her as she walks 🙂 My little guy used to be super high energy and would be the craziest dog at the park. When he hit about 3.5, he started getting lazier and gained some weight. We upped his walks, downed his food a bit and he’s trimmed up. Sometimes he does the “flop trick” and I’ll just drag him on his harness until he gets up (doesn’t hurt him)!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) July 29, 2010, 10:41 am

    It’s totally the heat! I have the most active dog ever, and after an hour outside, she’s whipped because of the crazy heat!

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! July 29, 2010, 10:45 am

    I love the title of this entry.

    My cats are super lazy! It’s their world and I’m just living in it (to feed and house them).

  • ashley July 29, 2010, 10:46 am

    I have a doxie puppy and she does the same thing! Refuses to walk outside- flattens herself to the pavement- but she is a WILD DOG inside the apartment so I think it is the heat 🙂

  • Colleen July 29, 2010, 10:46 am

    OMG – I love Maggie so much, the Maggie = cinnamon roll is the cutest thing I’ve heard all week!

    I have no help with lazy animals…do you think she’s depressed because of the move? Otherwise she just might be happy being lazy, but at least she has a doting Mama to carry her outside (adorable!!!). I really want to squeeze her!

    I have two cats and they have their lazy moments but they’re still pretty much kittens and run around my house like crazy. I think my husband will be relieved when they settle into that fat, happy, lazy cat routine one day.

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 29, 2010, 10:46 am

    I’ve got a pet bird that isn’t lazy but has a very pompous personality, meaning I’ve gotta treat her just the way she likes it. 😉

    Also, it’s interesting that you toasted the oats. Rolled oats sold at the supermarket are already toasted though (during the rolling process) and themselves aren’t raw to begin with. Nothin’ against toasting, but I just wanted to mention that standard rolled oats don’t come raw. 🙂

    • Caitlin July 29, 2010, 10:49 am

      huh, so confusing! my oats look raw to start??

      • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 29, 2010, 11:04 am

        I think people might consider them “raw” as they are in the box because most of the time we cook them before consuming. From what I know though, “raw” foods are foods that haven’t been heated more than 115 degrees, and during the rolling process with the oats, I read that the grains are first steamed and sometimes toasted a little afterwards. I guess what that means is that even though you or I might not cook them at home, they have been processed at high temperature in their factory.

  • Camille July 29, 2010, 10:47 am

    Hahaha, she sounds like the dog version of my Dad’s cat. All she does is sleep and occasionally eat. Every now and then she even walks outside when my Dad leaves the door open and lays in the sun. She is also incapable of jumping on to things, even the couch. But she is one of the sweetest animals ever!

  • Kelly July 29, 2010, 10:58 am

    haha hilarious! My dog, GIbson, is not like that..but he does love his sleepy time! Does she like to chase squirrels or bunnies or anything? It Gibson is annoying me and won’t walk properly, I usually excite him by saying, “Let’s go find some bunnies!” or, “Where’s the squirrel??”… Then he speed walks/runs the rest of the walk to find them 🙂

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete July 29, 2010, 10:59 am

    Oh Maggie is so sweet! I can just envision her laying down on her belly and refusing to move. What a funny dog!

    Toasting oatmeal is a great idea!

  • Laurie July 29, 2010, 11:01 am

    Caitlin, you’re so funny about your comment about Maggie! My doxie does the same thing, he is lazy! Oh course he is overweight too but I try to get him to exercise with throwing a ball, etc. He likes that but he won’t do it for long! lol! Dachshunds are prone to be lazy, I know my would not go for a walk in this heat, when I try he just lays down in the grass and rolls over on his back and wants me to rub his tummy!

  • Clare July 29, 2010, 11:07 am

    I would take her for a check-up and an X-ray! Could be something going on under the surface. Besides that, maybe coax her on short walks around the block with a treat and slowly increase distance like you did with James.

  • Katie @ peacebeme July 29, 2010, 11:10 am

    You couldn’t describe my basset hound better. It’s like he plans things so he has to move the least amount possible…but I don’t know if he is smart enough to do that. He also lays outside and sunbaths and has a pink speckled belly like a pig that gets sunburnt sometimes! I don’t think there is anything wrong with him either, he just gets lazier by the year. He will only walk to the mailbox now before he just sits there and digs in his heels. The funny thing is that he gets so excited when I get the leash out and then won’t go. I gave up on making him, he eats his diet dog food and does what he wants to do. Good luck!

  • Jen @ Jen is Green July 29, 2010, 11:15 am

    Aww Maggie is so cute!! Maybe try enticing her to move with food?? My cat is NOT lazy, the opposite in fact. All he does is run around like a crazy animal all day and he hardly ever cuddles! Oh well. He’s still cute though. 🙂

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 29, 2010, 11:17 am

    Maggie is too cute! My dog is pretty low energy and for a Golden thats really rare. He gets short spurts of energy, runs it out and then just wants to sit and chew a ball. Other dogs will literally pounce on him to play at the park and he just sits there! The best part is that boy isn’t even 2 yet..I can’t imagine him in a few years…

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) July 29, 2010, 11:19 am

    I am like you and I absolutely can’t sand it. I think it’s because I dont have a lot of expendable money so I hate tempting myself liket hat.

    I have a mini doxie and she’s lazy as can be as well.

  • ashleigh July 29, 2010, 11:21 am

    I’m like you but with cats! I have one cat who runs around and is crazy and one who is just a lazy lazy girl! Getting a kitten didn’t help my lazy cat at all.. she just gets pissed that there’s someone else around. My cat is lazy though mainly because she’s old. I like her being lazy because she’ll snuggle forever 🙂

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) July 29, 2010, 11:31 am

    Good idea to toast the oatmeal plain! I’ve never thought of that. Have a great day 🙂

  • Nina July 29, 2010, 11:33 am

    Does she like other dogs? If so, maybe try taking her to a dog park where she can run around with other pups and get caught up in the excitement. My beagle loves to go to new places with new smells and new animals to chase so maybe try picking a new route or a new park. I would also try the treats…every block or so that she walks, give her a little nibble of a special treat that she only gets when she is outside walking (chicken or something like that). If you act really excited and amped up for the walk she might get more excited too!

  • Julie July 29, 2010, 11:45 am

    You could try doing agility with her. I know you said she doesn’t do tricks, and was bad at obediance, but agility focuses on things dogs do naturally (sort of) and usually involves other dogs, which typically gets my dog running around, even if he doesn’t do what he is supposed to.
    The other option is to take her to a dog park where she can interact with other dogs. If she has friends so sniff and follow around she might be more interested in walking with you! Most cities have designated dog parks, and typically some of them are also off leash

    • Caitlin July 29, 2010, 5:22 pm

      These are great suggestions but Maggie would seriously NEVER do agility. But I think you might be right about the dog park. I’ll have to wait until it’s not so hot though.

  • Heather July 29, 2010, 11:46 am

    my dogs are pretty active, but they are spoiled rotten, which poses it’s own problems

  • alex July 29, 2010, 11:47 am

    I have a spunky 5 year old basset hound named JD, that up until now, has been able to keep up with me. But over the last couple of months, he refuses to go on long walks and just gives me the evil eye if I even attempt to get him moving. I think his hound is finally coming out in him too now, because it will take us 8 minutes or so just to walk one block due to his sniffer!

  • Wei-Wei July 29, 2010, 11:59 am

    I guess the hot weather will make anyone sluggish. I’ve never had a dog before, so I couldn’t give any advice!

    Wei Wei

  • ActiveEggplant July 29, 2010, 12:01 pm

    I absolutely want to meet Maggie! My mini-dachshund Dottie likes the occasional walk (30 min max), but otherwise she lays around the house ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT. She’ll play with a ball or another toy for about 10 min, and then she’d had enough. She likes sunbathing too and lays on our patio whenever she can! (That is if she’s not rolled up in a fleece blanket somewhere.)
    Hope you figure out how to get Maggie moving at least a little again – maybe she’s just in a funk from the move & is still getting used to the new surroundings.

    Good luck!

  • Dynamics July 29, 2010, 12:07 pm

    She is probably reacting to the move a bit. Try this.
    Drive your dog to different locations within walking distance of your house, then park and walk back home with her. This will help trigger her natural migrating instincts. Remain calm as she is probably feeding off your energy. Start small and work up to greater distances.

    Rub your hands all over her legs to see if maybe she jumped off something and possibly pulled a muscle causing her some pain. If not…try the above.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 29, 2010, 12:12 pm

    I wish I had advice for you, but really she is soooo cute! Can you really hold it against her?

  • Jaclyn July 29, 2010, 12:17 pm

    Funny about your dog, my dog used to be the same way… now she gets up and out and about, it used to be a weight thing and now that she’s lost a bit she seems more active! Also, she was just old…

    ANyway, yum looking bfast! Will have to try that soon!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises July 29, 2010, 12:18 pm

    Love that toasted oatmeal idea. Granola is usually higher calorie than I want (have to save up for lots of nut-butter instead!) but this might be a perfect compromise. I have been LOVING the raw oats though – I give you full credit. 🙂

  • Christina July 29, 2010, 12:25 pm

    Ha! Your dog needs to find her own healthy tipping point!

  • Christina July 29, 2010, 12:25 pm

    Ha! Your dog needs to find her own healthy tipping point!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 29, 2010, 12:27 pm

    Hehehehe, Maggie is adorable! And hilarious!!

  • Summer July 29, 2010, 12:30 pm

    Oh how I have missed reading your blog! Your food always inspires me to eat more healthy. 🙂 Your little dog is too cute! I don’t have a lazy dog problem, but I do have one that refuses to walk on the leash. He just lays down and will not budge. Wish I had some encouragement!

  • Amanda July 29, 2010, 12:34 pm

    My cat goes back and forth between being spastic (running around like a mad man) and sleeping for hours at a time.

  • Penny July 29, 2010, 12:36 pm

    In regards to Maggie, I think she is perfectly fine. 🙂
    Not only is it very hot outside, but she is 6 years old. Dogs really like to just chill as they get a couple of years on them. My dogs are 12 this year, and they don’t do anything. 🙂
    Also, the move from Florida to your current digs could have left her stressed and tired.
    I wouldn’t force exercise on her. That could make the fatigue worse. Especially in this heat. And those little-bitty legs can only do so much. 🙂

  • Gracie (complicated day) July 29, 2010, 12:45 pm

    Um, I think you just made granola! Or an oatmeal cookie!
    When you figure out how to motivate Maggie, tell me and I’ll use the technique for my husband.

  • Brooke July 29, 2010, 12:47 pm

    She may be lazy but she is definitely photogenic! Her cute face and puppy dog eyes melt me! I had a beagle for a number of years. She was lazy too and would just plop down mid walk and refuse to budge. *sigh* I miss her.

  • Paula July 29, 2010, 12:51 pm

    This has probably already all been said, but first of all, it may be that she’s freaked by the move, if this is a new behavior. Having said that, if it continues for long, I’d have her get a complete checkup, including bloodwork. I know it’s expensive, but she could have something going on that you need to know about. I agree with not forcing her, either. Give her a little time and if it continues, look into it further.

  • Marie July 29, 2010, 1:23 pm

    My older dog, Baby, has always been a little less active than the younger one, Katie. This summer, however, Katie has taken to going outside, digging a dirt hole like a piggie and laying in it all day, not even bothering to come in and eat (her favorite activity!). My parents had to put a water bowl out in the yard just for her. Granted, she’s 16 years old now… poor old pup! It might just be the heat for Maggie, because I think that’s partly why my Katie’s gotten so lazy.

  • M July 29, 2010, 1:28 pm

    Could possibly be Maggie’s thyroid?
    Our dog became very lethargic and we took her to vet and found out thyroid problems….just like humans she had to take daily medication for it!

  • The Fit Collegiate July 29, 2010, 1:35 pm

    Hey Caitiln! I’ve been a lurker for about 2 years now…yours was the first food blog I ever stumbled upon, back when it was “See Bride Run!” Anyway, I’ve been reading your blog religiously every day, and you’re probably the one who inspired me to start my own. Just wanted to “de-lurk” and say congrats on the release of your book and your upcoming appearance on the Today show (which I also watch religiously)…best of luck to you! Hope to meet you at the HLS in August!

  • Brie @ Brie Fit July 29, 2010, 1:36 pm

    We had to teach our dog to walk on a leash by holding a long-handled spoon with PB on it in front of him. He would fling himself on the sidewalk at first, too–turns out he was just not really sure of the whole leash thing and didn’t quite get how it worked.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 29, 2010, 1:39 pm

    My dogs find the shade and just sit to enjoy the heat but not the sun. On cooler days they want to walk all over town. She just looks comfortable. Just keep an eye on her that laziness doesn’t turn into being sick.

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef July 29, 2010, 1:50 pm

    Haha maybe it’s the heat. But I don’t have a lazy pet- my cat is psycho! She runs around at all hours of the day and night and wants our undivided attention! 🙂

  • Natalie July 29, 2010, 1:55 pm

    well at least you don’t have to worry about her running away, right?? That’s a big issue in our house!

  • Stephanie July 29, 2010, 2:05 pm

    oh my goodness my dog is the opposite of lazy, she’s a black lab/irish setter mix and at 5 years old still has the energy of a puppy! walks are her favorite thing and i think she could run around foreverrrrr w/out getting tired!

  • susan (stepping off the coaster) July 29, 2010, 2:09 pm

    being an owner of a doxie that had back surgery, if this laziness is new or if she ever yelps when you move her… have her back checked.
    but if this isn’t new, then heck, maybe she’s just lazy and knows how to enjoy the good life! haha i say let her be, and enjoy the cuddles (nothing beats doxie cuddles)!! just make sure she doesn’t gain weight b/c that’s the worst thing for doxies.

  • sarah July 29, 2010, 2:32 pm

    I saw an episode of the dog whisperer a few weeks ago and there was a dog that was kinda lazy and wouldnt go for walks anymore. They checked to make sure that there was no underlying medical reason but then figured that it was just a case of finding the right motivation for the dog. The dog on the show, didnt like his leash, and kind of stalled as soon as it was on, so they put the leash on but didnt hold it and let the dog follow at its own pace, then they discovered that the dog liked other dogs (not necessarily the other dog in the family though which was a small dog). Do you maybe have a dog park close by that you could take him so that he can interact with other dogs? Or if he is motivated by food, try to get him in a routine, or walk then reward with food/treats.
    I have a pug and they are notorious for laziness but mine so far is pretty good – hopefully this wont be a problem for my little Daisy but saying thats shes only 1.

  • Mycupofteas July 29, 2010, 2:39 pm

    Haha I loved this post! I’m on a train and I literally laughed out loud when I read “help my lazy wiener!”

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances July 29, 2010, 2:46 pm

    This post seriously made me LOL! I used to have a basset hound that oddly enough looked like a slightly larger Maggie and was also VERY lazy. I say “was” because she died last year 🙁 but she always liked to plop herself onto the ground during walks, as well, and getting up the stairs was a HUGE effort! She was very overweight, though, and Maggie is not… Anyway! I just love when you post puppy pictures.

  • Heather July 29, 2010, 3:10 pm

    I just adopted a dog Monday, and I get to pick him up today from the pound (they had to keep him so he could get neutered). I hope he’s not lazy, I want to take him for lots of runs and walks and for play dates at the dog park near my house!

  • Grapeful July 29, 2010, 3:23 pm

    She sounds a little spoiled (though well-loved)! I think it’s probably time she receive some “tough love” so that she can find her own HTP. Maybe force her to go on walks by bribing her with doggie food?

  • Grapeful July 29, 2010, 3:26 pm

    P.S. I live in NC too and it’s pretty hot and humid. I’m not sure if that’s the case in Charlotte, but perhaps you can try early mornings or a time in the day when it’s less hot to motivate her to walk? Perhaps the summer heat is just making her lethargic.

  • Juli D. July 29, 2010, 3:31 pm

    Maggie is a cutie! I too have the dumbest but sweetest somewhat lazy pup too (dumb and sweet is a way better combo than smart and sassy). Mine has only laid down on a walk once, on a really hot day when I was probably pushing him too hard. If yours is not moving immediately, I would think one issue could be stress from the move (she’s literally scared stiff) in which case I would contact the vet or a behavioral dog expert. You can try treats if she is food motivated, basically, she gets treated for moving.

  • Amylase July 29, 2010, 3:52 pm

    How ironic / what a shame that Maggie is soo lazy when her owners are extremely healthy. You have to carry her out just to do her business?? Caitlin, with the healthy lifestyle you live I’m really surprised you tolerate this from your dog!! She doesn’t appear to be overweight, but the principle of the matter would have me really concerned. Afterall, I doubt you would accept this kind of behavior from a family member or friend, right? You said it’s most likely a laziness issue rather than a medical issue. And that’s probably true. I see so many dogs at the park who are overweight or can’t even make it into the backseat without their owners picking them up or having a step ladder. I think you really need to start her on some kind of boot camp. Stand your ground, her “sweetness” aside.

  • Victoria July 29, 2010, 4:52 pm

    My German Shepherd, Lucy, is the laziest dog I have ever seen. She won’t walk more than 10 feet (just off the patio to do her business), and she lays in the entryway to our townhouse and refuses to move, even if she gets hit in the head with the door.

  • Kristina July 29, 2010, 6:48 pm

    aw, sweet Maggie! I need to add her to my DOXIE page on my blog… 🙂

    Is this laziness new – like with your move, possibly? Maybe she’s just adjusting and will be back to her less lazy self soon?

    I wish I could come walk with Maggie + my dachshund, Basil – who LOVES to run with me AND make friends… I know Maggie is kinda anti social, though, right? 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 29, 2010, 7:53 pm

    Aww Maggie is so cute! 😉 What about trying out some doggie play dates? That might get her excited!

    I love the toasted oats idea. It’s like making your own granola, but much faster and easier!

  • Jen July 29, 2010, 8:07 pm

    My golden retriever Heidi is a sun-bather, though not quite lazy for a dog her age (she’s 11 and still goes on mile-long walks and plays fetch for about 2 hours a day). She gets so angry if she’s lounging in the sun and I make her come inside. She comes when she’s called… she just does so very grudgingly, grumbling with every step.

  • alli July 29, 2010, 9:03 pm

    i was suprised there was no *TWSS* after the title 😉

    i’m not sure if it’s been mentioned yet, but check out the dog whisperer, either his tv shows or book. they’re all great! my husband was addicted to those shows…which made us want a dog so now we use his tricks & tips for our pup.
    good luck! 🙂

  • BroccoliHut July 29, 2010, 10:15 pm

    Haha, I definitely have a lazy dog. Chester, my lab mix is such a lazy sack of bones–he does nothing all day but eat, yet he is still a skinny pooch. Jealous!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now July 30, 2010, 1:00 am

    Could it be joint pain or anything like that? Also, if she is older that could be a part of the issue.

  • Colleen July 30, 2010, 2:59 am

    i would actually check to make sure there is nothing wrong with maggie. my dog missy – a golden/lab mix – was about 5 when we noticed she stopped being so energetic on walks, she just laid down and refused to go further, etc… at first we didn’t think anything of it, but eventually her checked out and she had addison’s disease, which affects the adrenal glands and thyroids and is pretty devastating. i am NOT saying you have anything to worry about or that it’s the case with maggie but i’d still check!

    • Caitlin July 30, 2010, 8:13 am

      Awww I’m sorry about your poochie 🙁

  • Shawn July 30, 2010, 8:50 am

    Somehow, someone in the blog world is always having the same problem as I am on the same day! My Lucy dog decided yesterday to stop walking. She’s always been energetic though. We moved about a month ago and yesterday when I took her and her bro. for a walk she just sat down and looked at me. She refuses to go on the grass after she piddles initally too… I have NO idea what it is or why it’s happening to Lucy or Maggie! :-/

  • Courtney B. July 30, 2010, 11:07 am

    The move could just be freaking her out, but I did have a friend with a very lazy beagle. But then it was discovered that he had a Thyroid problem. It was AMAZING the difference between the dog pre-thyroid meds and after.

  • Nicole July 31, 2010, 11:06 am

    I noticed someone else mentioned their lazy cat. I have a fat cat, 25 pounds (he’s a big cat to begin with so his vet said he should be around 19-20 pounds) and he only comes running when he hears his food bag opening. Have you had her checked for any medical problems? Thyroid like Courtney above said?

    • caitlin July 31, 2010, 11:19 am

      She passed a medical exam with flying colors last year… I do think she is just really lazy. LOL I hope I’m not wrong though.

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