All dog owners have at least one question concerning their furry pup's inexplicable behavior
Is Riley trying to steal some precious nap time in the middle of walks? It's odd since most dogs can't wait until they go outside.
In order to understand Riley, OP has to act like Riley. Maybe OP can try laying beside Riley to figure out why he loves the hot pavement so much?
Judging from the picture, OP and Riley are outside in the middle of the day. The high temperature could be too much for Riley's little toe beans.
OP is a young gentleman pup, so it's probably not about aches and pains
We second this request. It could stop Riley from playing dead every few steps. Also it would be adorable.
Riley looks at home down on the pavement, refusing to budge
Could Riley simply be asking for belly rubs in the middle of his afternoon walks?
OP can try sitting with Riley and see what's so appealing about the pavement that he prefers it over walks. Plus, if it's too hot for OP then it would mean it's too hot for Riley as well.
It will depend on how well-trained a puppy Riley is, otherwise, it would cause a new set of problems for OP
An advice from a fellow Golden Retriever owner whose dogs also laid down when they sensed their walk was almost over
If OP is up for it, he can try carrying Riley until they get home but that won't answer why it keeps happening
It could either be caused by the hot temperature or Riley wants to be carried like a baby
OP should explore both hypotheses. They can try walking when it's colder and the sun is not shining so brightly, buy Riley shoes, or just carry him all the way home.
Unfortunately, OP hasn't shared any updates about Riley's walking habits. I do think the people suggesting that it's too hot are onto something. Or Riley just really wants to be carried.