...without warning.
My wife and I picked up sweet Lilly, a shepherd/pit/hound mix at North Shore Animal League in Long Island on Thursday. She's a doll.

She's about 3 1/2 months old, they told us.
On walks, Lilly will walk 20 feet and then abruptly lie down. She'll gaze around, not looking fearful or anything, but it's like she just wants to chill in that spot.
Is it because it's all new to her? She doesn't seem fearful; she's a sensitive dog, but not skittish.
Any input from you puppy vets out there is appreciated!

Michael
Brooklyn, NY
...without warning. My wife and I picked up sweet Lilly, a shepherd/pit/hound mix at North Shore Animal League in Long ... spot. Is it because it's all new to her? She doesn't seem fearful; she's a sensitive dog, but not skittish.

I'm not sure if it's the same thing or not, but when I got my puppy, he didn't like walking on a leash particularly walking away from home. It turned out that he just needed to mature and get used to his new home.
Try walking her only around the yard for a bit, or back and forth close to the house. She might start being willing to go farther as she gets more confident.
Bizby
...without warning. My wife and I picked up sweet Lilly, a shepherd/pit/hound mix at North Shore Animal League in Long ... down. She'll gaze around, not looking fearful or anything, but it's like she just wants to chill in that spot.

I'm assuming that you have had her to the vet for a basic check-up? Just to rule out the possibility of heart problems and such? Overweight? Foot problems?
How is her endurance if you are playing games with her? Most puppies will playplayplay until they crash into sleep.
Most likely it's because she hasn't been taken for walks any longer than 20 feet or so. Probably the shelter workers did what they could but there just isn't enough time to take all the dogs for long walks. She's still a puppy and they don't have much endurance but clearly 20 feet shouldn't be much of a marathon for her.
And then there's the possibility that she is just a little lazy. My breeder just had a similar problem with a show dog that she co-owns. The dog would walk a little ways and then sit down. And the handler would wait until he was ready to go on. NOT something that works in the show ring. So the dog returned to the breeder's house for Boot Camp and was reminded that the person on the other end of the leash decides how far you're going to walk. He's now back in his own home and walking around showrings without the need for the occasional sit-down.
Assuming that the dog is fine healthwise, I'd suggest that you encourage Lilly to get back up and go on with the walk. Do a little cheerleading. Doesn't hurt if you always have a handful of treats (for our dogs, it's their kibble) in your pocket. Drag her along if necessary.

~~Judy
...without warning. My wife and I picked up sweet Lilly, a shepherd/pit/hound mix at North Shore Animal League in Long ... spot. Is it because it's all new to her? She doesn't seem fearful; she's a sensitive dog, but not skittish.

maybe she's just never been on real walks on leash before? does she play and run around the yard like a normal pup? if so, just start walking her around where she's familiar. inside the house maybe? then the yard, etc. maybe let her drag the leash around the house. she's probably just not used to it.
i tried to put a tee shirt on my dog (yeah, i know), and she did the same thing. walk a bit, then just lie down and look at me like i was nuts. :-)

and good for you for adopting a pit mix! when do we get pictures?

-kelly
...without warning. My wife and I picked up sweet Lilly, a shepherd/pit/hound mix at North Shore Animal League in Long Island on Thursday. She's a doll.

Congrats!
On walks, Lilly will walk 20 feet and then abruptly lie down. She'll gaze around, not looking fearful or anything, but it's like she just wants to chill in that spot.

I don't know why she's doing it but I'd recommend using the offered downs as a training opportunity. It may be inconvenient right now but praise the position and attach a command to it. Most people have to lure their puppies into a "down" so you lucked out.

Tara
I don't know why she's doing it but I'd recommend using the offered downsas a training opportunity. It may be ... position and attach a command to it. Most people have to lure theirpuppies into a "down" so you lucked out.

Ah, when life gives you lemons - or limes - make margaritas.

Great idea!
~~Judy