What to do here guys?!
I'm having problems for the last few months since it's gotten colder and darker getting Bailey out of his crate to go for a walk during the week - at weekends no probs. If I close the crate he hides under the table which is dangerous because he's too big and gets trapped so its safest to leave the crate open.. Once he's got his harness and lead on he's fine but we've gotten to the stage where I have to clip a lead on him and pull him out of the crate - and if I drop the lead he runs back in!!! Another trick is to go out as far as the gate with Lucy and open and close it so he'll hear it inside and he's usually in the hall when I come back in. No treat will coax him out either - before it was a case that he'd hide until he got something but now he just turns away...but when he's eventually dragged out he expects whatever was offered to him earlier.
We have an early start during the week and usually leave around 6:50-7:00am for a 5-10 min walk down to the park and then they're off lead for a good 30-40 mins. In the evenings I'm usually home just before 6:00pm, get changed and take them for a 45min walk on lead.
At the weekend we'd leave a little later say 9:00-9:30 (earlier in the summer to avoid the heat) after they've been fed (during the week I feed them when we come home) and head out in the car to the dunes/beach/nicer park for a long walk with my friend and her dog for a good 60-90mins of off lead time.
Lucy is so chilled out I don't think she cares either way! When I come home for example she lies down as I open the gate, park and doesn't stand up until I walk in the door lol!
Before I religiously took the both for 2 walks a day...but now say if it's raining or very windy (we walk under trees so dangerous with branches falling down) I give them a kong/chew or do some training with them instead and they're just as happy to stay in relaxing. We have no problems with unspent energy needing to be burned off btw - they're not climbing up the walls if they don't get out.
Here he is on one of the colder evenings the other week looking like I'm about to kill him - I took his harness out and he ran inside to the bed!