We’ve all heard of dogs refusing to walk, but they’re not normally quite as big as Humphrey the Newfoundland.
At 11 stone, his bouts of stubbornness have caused havoc for Humphrey’s owner – since it’s not exactly easy to carry him home.
Although the dog enjoys walkies as much as the next pooch, if he’s not ready to go home, he plays dead and refuses to move a muscle.
Owner, Elliott Richardson from South Shields, is a police officer and often finds himself running late for his shift, after spending over an hour negotiating with headstrong Humphrey.
Funny footage shows the three-year-old pup asserting his authority on several different occasions, as he dramatically lies down and refuses to budge – much to Elliott’s despair.
Even the promise of treats or a game of fetch can’t make stubborn Humphrey move before he’s ready and Elliott admits passers by often laugh at them as he tries to coax him home on a daily basis.
Elliott, 44, said: ‘I would say it’s more of a negotiation than a walk with him.
‘The longest I’ve had to stand there pleading with him was one hour and 10 minutes.’
Humphrey’s exasperated owner has to allow extra time for pre-work walks, as he knows his pup will decide to play his games.
‘I usually have to time his walks when I’m on a late shift,’ Elliott continued.
‘People just stand and laugh at me. He does it constantly, whether we are getting in and out the car or going for a walk.’
It’s not just walks, either. Humphrey refuses to even come in from the garden if he’s not in the mood, with more of his antics regularly ensuing.
Elliott adds: ‘He’s a good weight and height. I’m five foot nine inches and when he stands on his back legs his paws sit on my shoulders.
‘It’s not like you can just pick him up and carry him home.
‘If I try to move him he just rolls onto his back and plays dead. He doesn’t even look at me, he just pretends he can’t hear me.’
Thankfully that seems to be Humphrey’s only bad trait, and he’s a lovely pet for Elliott and wife Beverley when he’s not taking the mickey.
‘He is the sweetest boy though and absolutely beautiful with kids,’ says Elliott.
‘He’s just quite happy to sit and watch the world go by.’
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