The world is full of a barrage of sights, smells, sounds and other... 3. Redirecting your dog with simple commands or a toy might also help in certain situations. Increasing the distance always helps and when you’re ready to approach again, every little step towards the right direction must be rewarded. For sure, she hates the rain so we do skip walks on those days. Before even thinking about leaving the home on walks, you can always practice in your own back yard. Let the dog come to you. what you’re describing is completely normal for puppies. We have to carry him out of site of the house for him to even move from the street we are on. However, there may likely be underlying reasons why they don’t want to go for walks. I know it will take time but I wonder if she is happy! Any help or tips would be appreciated. Make sure to work on your bond and you should be golden. We’ve moved around a lot and have always been very adventurous on our walks. Drive Away From Home Before Starting Your Walk. and if he makes good experiences outside, the rest will come. Would love your thoughts, please comment. I don’t know your exact situation but based on what you’re telling me, it doesn’t sound like your vet went through every possible option before recommending meds (I suppose you meant Fluvoxamine?). If you check the end of the article, I’ve covered rescues and the 3-3-3 rule there. Going back inside reinforces that behavior as the next walk will probably only happen when at least two people are there. My rescue will put his brakes on as soon as hes on the path i walk on with my other dog and my husband says bye im going so as the extendable is at full extent so my rescue dog is left sitting on his own and we all just walk away from him to go on a quiet woodland walk which is just up the bottom of a dead end quiet road. With patience, you’ll pull through this little transition period :). Sudden changes in their home environment can cause behavioural problems. He just got separated from his mother and littermates and is now supposed to live with complete strangers in a new home. Otherwise he was great! He doesn’t pull but walks beautifully and rarely stops. However, let her sniff interesting new places and she’ll be tired after walking just a third of that way. A Lack of Freedom. Refusal to go for walks could be signs of an underlying behavioral issue. Secondly, is this a new problem? If you choose not to walk past this dog carnival of sorts, your dog may give you a hard time on the more “boring” route you are choosing. If I pull him, he tries so hard to not move. We want him to have a happy life again, even with the skin issues? Socialization is key. You should also do the same thing with a rescue dog that had no prior exposure to leash walking. Practice At Home. She is fine when either me or husband walks her, with our kids, any combination so long as there is at least two people. Also when we were on a walk a very large pit bull down came running over and my husband grabbed our little dog in his arms and told the pit bull”NO”. We really want to be able to walk her on our own (not have to wait for other members of the family to be ready). I’d just walk the dog alone from time to time to get him used to that. Thank you, Andre I am glad that you like it. The full 3 months have gone by and your dog has settled in. Hi Anne, very interesting breed choice! Especially if they know putting on the breaks means they can go inside and sleep. If so, it may just be that something happened to him outside before, he was used to not walking in his previous home, etc. It could be that your pup formerly learned that the house is his safe/fun space and that’s why he refused to walk when you were near the house. Same goes for the enthusiasm and lots of sleeping. and soon your dog will not be as sensitive to daily noises anymore. If your dog is scared of something, try to lure him away from the trigger with a treat and comfort him. We often want to show our dogs everything is okay and give her a pat on the back but this may signal your dog “Oh, she likes it when I’m fearful!” and we don’t want that. Don’t expect him to jump outside into a busy city with lots of people and loud noises. How can I get him to go on walks again? Playtime will improve your bond for sure and that’s what you’re doing during the first 3 months anyway :). She goes to a down position. As I’ve mentioned there, one week may seem like time to settle in for us humans but it can take up to 3 weeks or even months until dogs really feel at home. I asked his owners if I could walk him and when I did it was clear he had no idea how to walk on a leash, but he was happy to have company. What works best is picking her up and going a few steps, and then putting her back down and she’ll continue on. Who primarily trains and takes care of her? Glad that your vet checked him out and it’s seemingly nothing physical :). He runs around and walks happily in the yard. Make Some Frozen Treats For Your Dog Obviously that’s difficult at the moment. If a dog is easily distracted on a walk, a quicker pace can reduce unwanted behavior by giving them less time to notice new things that could lead to pulling. If she’s still fearful, the only thing you can do is taking her out and reassuring her, the fear will ease over time. He’s very interested in bikes, people, cars etc and seems well “socialized” in that regard in this pandemic era where he hasn’t been able to do any puppy training etc. She will go for a decent walk when I take my terrier with us but if she is in her own she will walk about 100 yards then refuses to walk but wants to back home. Don’t worry and just keep walking him for walks alone and make that experience as positive as possible with the steps outlined above :). If you started late, you may have to get that habit out of him first. He will not go now any other streets in our neighbourhood to extend the wall. If the problem persists or gets even worse, you might want to check your dog with the vet to rule out any medical problems. No dog is born with the knowledge of how to walk on a leash. Always evaluate if he’s fearful in which he case he shouldn’t be pulled along except for getting him out of that situation. kudos to you for rescuing that dog and saving him from a life inside the shelter! My 8 month Greek rescue will not go on a walk from home! And Buddy doesn't get excited anymore except when the dog is playing. Those X-Rays showed up Grade 1 Patella Luxation and an inflamed ankle with a tendon slipping in and out of its groove … Surprisingly the vet said it was unlikely she was getting any real pain from those two things?? Stay on it. It’s best to just outright ask your breeder and if your assumption is right, at least you know what you need to work on. Today we drove to another location away from the house and he was marginally better but still stopped. if you have a look at a couple of other comments here (search fr “car”), I’m sure you’ll find an answer that’ll help with that as many people have the same problem as you do. My Rottweiler Amalia always wanted to sleep on the couch instead of her crate/bed as puppy and because we let her, it took some time to get her used to her regular sleeping spot again. I know how you feel, we’ve all been there and just gotta pull through training! Don’t worry if he refuses... After 3 weeks, your dog will start to get used to his new surroundings and family. Use lots of treats during the process and encourage your puppy with a warm and happy voice. Some dogs need longer to adapt than others. I’d never go for meds unless you’ve exhausted ALL options and the anxiety is huge. Here you can check out my link on things I wish I knew before getting a puppy. And did she seem especially startled due to the bang and thus started this behavior or did this evolve over the last walks during winter? We’ve tried short solo walks and she definitely seems to show a little confidence boost from his presence. If having a collar on is uncomfortable for your dog and is the reason why when it’s time to walk they resist, identify the problem with the collar. Leash manners have to be taught constantly. Thank you! even though dogs can have delayed response (that’s why some behavioral issues with rescues can pop up after weeks or even months), it’s more common that Lemon would be more fearful in the first 24 hours. So, there’s no real pattern to her not wanting to walk in the past it’s been hot and cold. Also, sitting down and refusing to go any further until he is darn good and ready (at least two or three times during a roughly two mile walk). Hi Danielle, We got a Fox Terrier 2 months ago and now he’s 3 1/2 months old, the first time he went out everything was great, he walked, sniffed, ran… But now that he has been 2 weeks going out he refuses to walk. Today, I had a pocket full of treats and could only get her to go a foot at a time. Interestingly enough, he walked way better back to the car!! Our lab is super smart, friendly, outgoing has it all. Your dog is not stubborn and not dominant,when he doesn't dare to walk yet (that's a wrong statement from the last century ), he is just a puppy, a baby, he has to learn everything,including feeling save.He doesn't feel safe yet, that's why he doesn't walk when you're still in front of your house. Keep in mind that dogs are masters when it comes to hiding pain. She refuses to walk with me, she almost seems scared and tries to run back home. All of these happy feelings can change suddenly when your puppy goes on a walk for the first time. She is constantly stopping and pulling, even to the point of sitting/lying down and refusing to move. you might want to try to stick to the treat method and phase them out over time. In the unlikely situation they get out of your home, somebody who finds them can easily identify they are loved and contact you. Feel free to use the methods I explained in this article and make walking great with his favorite treats (did you try toys?) if you’re checking other comments here, there are actually quite a few people who have the same problem with the dog refusing to walk with only one human. Unfortunately, dragging won’t solve anything and may make him dislike walking even more. It could be due to him being unsure about the new route (if you’ve walked the old route exclusively) or he just doesn’t have the stamina (depending on age/health it might not be a stamina problem but a “couch potato problem”). The more distance you build up the easier your dog will continue walking with you. Proper leash training will definitely eliminate a lot of these problems but the best way to conquer any leash-related problem is by just stopping and standing still. But as long as you get them back in your arms, it doesn’t take long to forgive and forget. Gaining trust will also take some time and you should give your dog time and space, you’d be surprised how much dogs can change after a couple of days/weeks/months. Sometimes a dog that doesn't want to be around you might track you carefully — other times, they might purposely ignore you. I can lure about 100 meters then she just sits and as soon as I head home she walks back quickly. if your rescue has walked normally before and just started this after getting back from your parent’s house, I wouldn’t worry too much. She will get excited at an animal, and her gait seems fine so i don’t think it is medical related. Hi Lauren, thanks for checking in with your pup Waffles. Then she started to refuse to leave the house. It doesn’t have to be outright fear, it can just be a certain feeling of discomfort on her new route. Continue giving your puppy plenty of encouragement and positive reinforcement. To properly familiarise your dog with the collar and leash you can read the tips outlined in my guide on how to leash train a puppy. Many people may think their dog is simply being stubborn. If you try taking this dog for walks, there is a good chance they’ll put the breaks on and show reluctance in wanting to leave. If you know that that’s the source of fear, you can start by desensitizing them to the sound. Bad practices can cause your dog to acquire bad habits, such as not wanting to go for walks. He actually now takes the initiative to cross the street away from the house on his own! A thorough examination of your dog’s body is the easiest way to make sure there are no wounds and no foreign objects stuck in his paws. Sometimes, pulling him along is not a bad thing because it establishes you as the leader and shows him that he’s going to walk regardless. Help! Your dog suddenly refuses to walk and you’re asking yourself what’s wrong. Hi Danielle…. Have you checked out the other comments? My Daschund loves to walk if we drive to any location. Learn how to quickly and easily solve the 10 most common dog behavior problems with this downloadable PDF guide! Now, I don’t know if that’s the case with your dog too but the stopping and refusing to walk if nothing is around might have different reasons. I’ve ordered a nylon training leash, and cheese/sausage as the reward for proceeding with a walk…changing direction when she goes down..and hopefully lengthing our walk distance. Advisory board member and dog behaviorist Robert Cabral, who said you should watch and see if a dog isn't making eye contact with you or seems to move away from you every time you try to get close. she is frightened of everything even me. Choosing the right gear can also have a big impact. As soon as we turn to go back to my apartment he runs all the way home. Encourage him but don’t be pushy, your pup will thank you later on. Now, if your dog is limping, ill or injured, this doesn’t apply. I know about the 3-3-3 rules but wondering if this is something to address now or wait and see how things stand after 3 months? Make sure you properly socialize your pup and expose him to car noises, people, barking, machinery, sirens, etc. I’ve tried treats. I would appreciate any advice. I wonder if it’s because he was used to being off lead and he simply doesn’t look forward to walks because he’s on a lead? So my problems are his: Not wanting to put his harness on. If one person tries to take him for a walk he will sit and won’t move while on the lead. I’d just recommend you follow the steps outlined above and try to make walks fun. I’m currently in a very small southern town where most people in the neighborhood train their dogs for protection and let them outside off leash. I guess we need to keep trying to walk him with one person to get familiar but he just won’t move even with treats. He doesn’t struggle when we put the harness and lead on. Stopping in the middle of the walk. Despite the original purpose, the Presa Canario is also used for various other activities, including guarding and your dog may just be suspicious/curious about what other people are doing. . I’m dad in family of five. Our little dog did not appear scared and when we put her down she continued walking. Came across your site by accident but glad I did. Keep improving your bond with her (separate as well as together) but include walks alone and just go through the steps above to avoid it becoming a habit. Too many people expect too much progress too early and touch the dog when eating or even placing a hand in their dog’s bowl on day one, I’ve seen it happen. When we think of dogs being troublesome walkers, we tend to think about those who pull so much your arm may come flying out of its socket. The road is slightly busier. Think about whether one or more of these factors may be at play with your puppy. If the behavior consists, you might want to think about going to a local dog trainer/behavior consultant – if (s)he’s any good. You can start doing this by playing firework noises, for example. Previously, we just used to pick him up since he is little but we want to be able to walk with him better. Put your dog on a leash and call him to follow you with whatever command you have taught him. Paired with the pattern, it’s a classic sign that you might want to refresh his socialization (sounds, dogs, people etc. Every time your dog resists, walk in circles. The dog had always lived in an open space with lots of other dogs (but never lived with people). I have been more patient with him though. We ended up turning around to go home, which she was happy to do. Other ideas that help with bonding + mental exercise are teaching a couple of simple tricks or getting your dog new toys to play with (you may even notice that he is into toys – just not the toys you’ve thought. Normally, Labs (especially this young) are quite energetic and demand walks more often than their owner would like them to. My Rottweiler still stares at people, not in a bad sense and not as long (she does plant herself for a couple of seconds or a minute if you let her though) but that’s just what they’re doing, checking their environment and making sure everything is all right. For example, many puppies may feel uneasy having a collar around their neck. I need help. Start by slowly exposing her and using positive reinforcement (just avoid rewarding fearful behavior and only positive responses). 1. Too many people don’t even try balls, frisbees, tugs or whatever to get their dog moving. If your dog doesn’t stop out of fear or medical reasons, then he just doesn’t want to go the way you want to. Before even thinking about leaving the home on walks, you can always practice in your own back yard. Besides anxiety meds (which should only be given under veterinary supervision), there are options like a Thundershirt. They are both scared of everything after the Fourth of July they don’t want to walk on the leash now. What’s even worse is when a puppy refuses to walk away from home because they’re young, energetic, and full of life, right? Regarding the walking: It’s important to note if the refusal to walk was already there before this condition or if she already refused just because there were first signs of pain (doesn’t sound like the latter since you’re talking about her “dictating the route” before). He will demonstrate it with a submissive posture – ears laid back, tail tucked and a crouched body. Still developing and finding their personality, puppies may not be comfortable outside of their home. Not only can they help you with the troubles of your puppy refusing to walk away from home, but they may also sharpen their other skills. He is a very social dog and loves people and children but he now doesn’t want to go for walks. Eventually, your dog will learn that it is safe being outside and will comfortably walk. She walks a few metres thenjust stops and heads back home. We have let him sniff the leash, put it on him then taken it off and do this over and over again. (he usually does his needs outside). Maybe it’s just not exciting enough for her and she flourishes in new environments with new smells, etc. If so, this should be noticeable around the house (same feeding time/spot, same familiar dogs, etc.) Begin by walking around the inside environment using something to motivate the puppy, something that gets him excited. Have faith in her and try to be as positive as possible. Never been on walks around the block. For starters, pick her up and carry her outside your home where there is grass, and start walking in huge circles. That’s the key. When we get to busier (louder) areas I notice that his ears are slightly back and his body language is tense. Second, I’d just go for a walk with them and see how the dog behaves when they walk the dog and you just observe. This doesn’t mean that your dog is uncomfortable or anything, maybe she just recognised if she refuses to walk, you’ll stay at home and she’s fine with that since you mention you play there and she loves that. Many times, simple leash training and the right introduction will do the trick. If she hasn’t been out that much, this behavior can be totally normal. Teaching them to be comfortable walking away from home is just the first step. Puppies don’t need extensive walks, rather expose them to the outdoors, people, dogs, etc. Have a look at your dog and seriously consider if they are overweight. He has never been to this area nor does he have a compass to know which way was “home”…..lol…..any suggestions??? If more than one of the family goes he is more happy to walk. I don’t understand why this started, I used to be able to go anywhere and she was happy just walking along side me. He most importantly refuses to walk, and we need to lift him to take him in the park. I work 3 days a week from home so cannot always drive for a walk. Depending on your dog’s age and breed, lengthy walks are definitely needed. He had zero motivation for going outside doing exercise. If she’s not taking them, just walk. If you go too fast you will have to live with the consequences for the rest of his life that could include fear, reactiveness and possibly aggression. I would go through sooo many treats trying to bribe her to walk even 1/2 a mile!!!! She is terrified of fire works and the bangs in the fields do sound like that so I guess that might be a big part of the issue. Could you give us some advise? The day after we adopted Lemon, she was all about going for a walk and walked beautifully (if with a little anxiety, but very minimal). On a hike recently, I think the reason for stopping was tiredness, it was a warm day and it was longer than her normal walks. especially if his normal route is pretty calm) as well as your bonding – I’ve linked you both articles. I have a 2 year old Kelpie who loves going for walks but will only stick to our regular route. The most common is for not having taught your dog to be walked properly. Obedience classes are fantastic ways of group learning about how to train and teach your puppy. Sometimes we can get walking again if I agree to walk in the opposite direction (away from home) or on an unfamiliar route. Her breeder, when we met her, seemed to really love Lemon, but I don’t know how much walking experience Lemon actually had—or whether she spent most of her time in the yard and around the kennel. We also noticed that if we take her for a car ride to a different walking area, she does quite well, or she did quite well, until yesterday afternoon, when I took her to a college campus (with maybe 5 students around), and she just panicked at being there and after a while just laid down and that was it. It's only the last 3 weeks he's really started to do this constantly around the streets near my house. Start by using a short and light leash for better control and training results. How is their relationship with your dog inside the house? I can seriously see this never coming to an end, and consider that this is now Rosie forever, so any advice from yourself to help her to overcome this fear would be so much appreciated. However, you should guide your dog through socialization (especially if he has is a nervous character) and be an overall great, calm leader for him. For context I live in an apartment downtown and I’m wondering if she maybe doesn’t like going home because she’s confined in a smaller space with me (since I’m now working from home all day instead of my usual 9-5 at the office)? Immediately turning around will let her know that she’s in control and you probably want to be able to walk her alone :). and gently push him further if he’s not too afraid. treats do not help. However, you don’t want it to become a behavior pattern because there might be times when it’s just necessary that one of you walks her. If your puppy refuses to walk away from home, puts the breaks on or lays on their back, there are some techniques we can use to help them be more comfortable. Tail tucked between the legs, shivering, very jumpy, sensitive to other people/dogs/noises, etc. Try taking him to places with your car and see if he displays the behavior there (he can’t walk back to the house from a brand new place, that is for sure). She loves walks and playing fetch. Some of these are discussed here below; however, it is important to remember that there may be a combination of some of these reasons. We have already had two violent encounters. She does love my friends dog and my friends dog mothers her (very cute). We feel that she needs to be walked to burn off some energy but just won’t go. Rather show him how lovely the world can be by engaging in play and luring him with treats. with the rescue over 5 months ago, the 3-3-3 rule shouldn’t apply anymore, although it can definitely be said that some very sensitive dogs need more time and lots of guidance. Set a timer for five minutes. Commands/tricks are not as important as behavior patterns and if she does something you don’t like (table-surfing, chewing on the cushions, etc.) Fortunately, this is an easy fix if we humans are willing to change that. You could solve this if you get her a warm and cozy dog coat. The best thing you can do here is just walking your Labradoodle regardless of whether or not she wants to. Be confident and calm and just guide them through this little exercise. In the beginning he accepted the harness and leash with no problem but now when we pull the leash and harness out he hides in his crate. Boost his confidence by integrating some bonding time into the day. No, I got him about 3 and a half years ago. I have another do who walks well, and walking the two of them is near impossible with one pulling to go and the pother pulling to stay..but they have always walked together! One of those that is pretty much universal is walking together joined by a leash. Danielle. If I try to take him out on the leash he just stands there looking sad and won’t move. Sometimes we’ll hear the startling noise too and we’ve taken to switching on the “good girl” voice immediately to encourage her to not plop on the ground. You could create that same relationship through bonding even closer to your dog so she’ll feel even safer with you than with any other dog – more on that in this post. I am not sure if it’s right to keep pulling him until he listens. To further boost his confidence, make sure sure that he doesn’t struggle with other behavior problems such as separation anxiety, barking, chewing, jumping, etc. So far, we have tried using treats, however he can take or leave these. We’re thinking of it as a marathon, not a sprint, but any words of encouragement/advice you might have as we navigate these first few days and weeks would be greatly appreciated! Hi Danielle, We have a 5-year-old Pekingnese. Harry has VERY bad skin issues that made him scratch constantly and lose some hair, plus he gets ear infections – this has gone on most of his life, and he’s now under vet care – recently he also lost some weight, though we think my mom just wasn’t feeding him enough. Collars are worthy investments for the safety of your dog. I don’t understand why this is so sudden. We have a 5 month old hound mix puppy and all of a sudden for the past week or so he doesn't want to take a walk. Try to avoid this place for the time being and find out if your dog feels more comfortable on a different route. If it was winter when it happened before and now your dog doesn’t wanna walk below certain temperatures, she might just be too cold and the sound makes her even more uncomfortable. I’m aware it’s early in our bonding process and we’re being really forgiving of her quirks and hesitancy to do many things. Depending on the breed and energy level, extended walks 2-3 times a day are important. If only one of us takes her out she will sit down and more or less refuse to go. You may have to walk them separately if you notice that one gets the other extremely riled up when he’s startled by or reacting to something. 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