No. That's not normal. I would have your vet check him out. At nine months old, a healthy Springer usually has enough energy to run for miles. Mine would walk five miles and still want to play fetch until my arm was worn out when we get home. Make sure he gets plenty of fresh water when he gets home from your walk (and bring water with you for him if you are going on a long walk).
Watch out for heat stroke in hot weather. Dogs are more vulnerable to it han we are.
You should look into clicker training (get a book or check out some videos on Youtube) and try using it to get him to heel without pulling. Springers are easy to train and love to learn new tricks. It won't take you long to have him walking without pulling if you use a clicker and treats to positively reinforce good behavior. Consistency is the key.
Answered by Anonymous - 4/28/2011 11:51:27 AM