Increasing the distance always helps and when you’re ready to approach again, every little step towards the right direction must be rewarded. 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. Playtime is much more crucial at this point for a puppy so why not get your pup a brain game? Your dog suddenly refuses to walk and you’re asking yourself what’s wrong. if you say your 1-year-old Lab was never particularly fond of walks, what have you tried to make them appealing to him (treats, toys, meeting other dogs, swimming etc.)? You’d be surprised how many dogs suddenly refuse to walk and even more dogs that are bad at adapting to new situations. Of course, this is more normal for a puppy, but it’s just to show that these things can turn 180. They are both scared of everything after the Fourth of July they don’t want to walk on the leash now. Hi all, I have a 2.5 year old female bulldog who I’ve recently become very frustrated with and I’m hoping you can help? Another reason why your dog decides to stop walking is that it is tired. He’ll sit down a lot, and chew his lead. I really just don’t know what to do. She was checked by a vet a few weeks ago (and she was okay), and we have a new vet apointment for a week from now (earliest we could get). So my problems are his: Not wanting to put his harness on. I adopted my wee dog three weeks ago from a Romanian rescue volunteer charity organization. The problem was he was outside ALL day, EVERY day. I’d follow a bunch of these steps but the main issue is she has no problem walking with her grandparents or uncle. Have 7 year old female Lab. Your goal is to desensitize your dog to anything he perceives as scary while you reward him for moving … I have only had the for six months and three months. If he knows what he is doing, he will quickly gain confidence and be more excited during walks. Refusal to go for walks could be signs of an underlying behavioral issue. That’s the key. These things can a) still develop and b) are not a requirement for training (even though our canines surely love food). He’s an Australian Shepherd. After 3 weeks, your dog will start to get used to his new surroundings and family. with only 6 years, small breeds are just about to enter the senior stage but yes, he still has exercise needs. Recommended Reading: How to Bond With Your Dog. I do think it might be the quite a lot to do with the noise thing. I’m sure Rosie and you will get through this! Definitely don’t slack with socialization (check the linked article on the importance of puppy socialization if you’re interested) and that means new people/dogs/places/ground textures etc. Get off your phone and focus on your dog! Since your dog is still a puppy, I’d say let him explore more instead of walking. A quick fix that works a lot of time is just picking up the pace in very interesting locations. She would just “plop” down during a walk and “refuse” to get up. I have a 100 lbs Rottweiler and she loves being inside but only because she gets enough exercise and stimulation outside. If he is, schedule play sessions like you’d do with a puppy. If we drive anywhere then he always seems happy to walk, and once he reaches a destination he runs about and when we are walking home he is amazing! Did you just get him 6 months ago and he started to develop this within the first few months? Your email address will not be published. I need help! Usually, the lack of leash training could be the main reason. I totally understand what you’re talking about, my Rottweiler girl did the same and to this day, she just loves sniffing. We want to associate walking with something positive. Any suggestions? When we get to the end of our driveway he simply sits down and refuses to move. Hi Danielle, thanks for this post! 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. Choosing the right gear can also have a big impact. I mean, all dogs like walks, right? He’s medically okay but is a little afraid of the cars at the end of our road. 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. 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. Generally, poodles are quite trainable (although it’s always hard to determine with mixed-breeds) but I’m sure he will come around soon. shows that she’s definitely able to and wants to but she may just need to learn that she has to walk your routes in the long-term, not only hers. I have a golden that just turned 6. Although dogs don’t think rational, such behavior patterns can definitely transition to the whole day. Ever since starting to work from home almost 4 months ago, on our walks around the neighborhood but when we start heading in the direction of home, my dog has suddenly started sitting on the sidewalk and refusing to walk. Although tailored to the breed Cane Corso, you can read more about the second fear imprint of your Lab here. We’re putting so much work into our dogs and when it’s not working in a reasonable time frame, we get frustrated. Your dog might even seem to breath weird and heavy which is another sign of stress. I’d never go for meds unless you’ve exhausted ALL options and the anxiety is huge. She is more than happy to go out in the garden when it’s cold without the coat. It’s important to differentiate if your pup’s stubborn or scared. If it isnt pain, maybe its a weird feeling?? Mylo is nearly 14 weeks – initially he seemed to like going out, although hasnt ever loved walking away from the house. Wait for him to look in your direction, click, and treat. Re-introducing the leash as you described and following the steps above is a very good start. Just wanted to check in that this sounds like the right thing to be doing? If you haven’t recently had your rescue dog examined by a vet, I highly recommend that you do so. 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 just resists to walk towards where we have to go. Keep in mind not to force your dog and let them just experience their environment in their own time, most issues will resolve with the right/calm guidance. Hi Lillian, how you feel is totally understandable. I thought I was doing something wrong! 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. He will eventually understand that you are in charge of deciding which direction to go and he will be rewarded for following you. Rather show him how lovely the world can be by engaging in play and luring him with treats. It’s likely that your dog’s fearfulness will be evident in other situations as well, like meeting new people and encountering different sounds, so his unease while leashed probably won’t come as a surprise. We rescued a saluki cross 3 weeks ago, the kennels think she’s 18 months. 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. When we put the harness on he seems fine but then won’t move to go for a walk. If your puppy won’t walk paired with a gait that is not as smooth as usual or if he is limping, that’s another giveaway. Of course, you’ll want to get a couple of miles in but olfaction is a major part of my Rottweiler’s walks. The fear will be evident in other situations, for example when unfamiliar guests arrive or loud noises startle him from outside. Hope this will help! I had a purebred German Shepherd named Katie who was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at the age of two. Make sure your husband does the same training steps as you for a strong release & recall command so she listens to both of you. So I guess my question is: do you have any suggestions we may be able to try in encouraging a non-food-motivated dog to overcome her fears? The second he steps out the door, he will sprint for a few seconds while pulling as hard as he can before stopping. As you said, you’ve just ordered some special treats and a new leash (switching gear alone can actually help in rare instances if it’s connected to a bad experience) which can make a huge difference. It’s actually quite common for puppies to get used to certain circumstances, it’s just learned behavior. Did your dog come from a breeder? Otherwise, it might be that you’ve reinforced your dog not walking in the past means going back home. Whatever it is, she has become fearful of it. She gets excited and will walk eagerly for miles but she refuses to walk from the house. desensitization will help with the cars. Tried the treat thing but he just moves to get the treat then stops. 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. I’ve also taken her on hikes with no problem. Our family has a 6 year old Westie. She just doesn’t seem to enjoy it. Thanks for the support xx Kate and Bo. When we tried to reward him when he walks well with treat, he does well when he sees treats but when he doesn’t get treat he refuses to walk again. Overall obedience training could really help since situations like that can potentially be pretty dangerous. Circle around your dog – then walk in the direction you wanted to go. If so, this should be noticeable around the house (same feeding time/spot, same familiar dogs, etc.) You’re patient, sticking to the same route, and utilizing your other dog for confidence. He’ll eventually start walking but after much gentle encouragement. Many dogs will have a confidence boost from present dogs if they’re well socialized, no matter the age (although it works best with new puppies and adult dogs, of course). and gently push him further if he’s not too afraid. Any help or tips would be appreciated. First, I’d recommend you try to slowly re-introduce harness and leash just like you would with a puppy. I’ve also fostered a rescue that seemingly didn’t know how to play with toys but they figure it out almost always – just try a variety of toys and different textures. 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. Next, take several steps and when the leash gets tight, stop. A dog that didn’t go through socialization training as a puppy will be much more fearful of his environment. As mentioned in the 3-3-3 rule it’s not uncommon for dogs to display this kind of behavior, even if they’re one month into being in their new home already. Another possibility would be something more abstract like him smelling another dog in heat/seeing a squirrel some time ago if he’s prey-driven) and he wants to regularly check the same spot – there would be signs that he’s overly excited/determined until he gets there. If not, feel free to drop a comment and I’ll get back to you asap! you might want to try to stick to the treat method and phase them out over time. Unfortunately, dragging won’t solve anything and may make him dislike walking even more. She is pretty good on leash and does not seem fearful of walking (and we saw the vet recently and got a clear bill of health so no apparent physical issues) but is increasingly resistant to do anything out of the house unless BOTH of us are present. and generally prone to adapt poorly to new environments. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. If you started late, you may have to get that habit out of him first. Leash manners have to be taught constantly. 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. Then she started to refuse to leave the house. Video shows the dog lying belly up in the middle of the sidewalk, refusing to move. If it’s both, that may just be the way she learned it if you did a lot of walks together (which is normally very good). Could you give us some advise? Carry a handful of treats during every walk and be prepared to make good associations with your dog’s surroundings. 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”. He doesn’t seem sacred or timid at all and simply looks around. Danielle. When we eventually do get them on and we’re outside the house (we do it nicely, not forced), he’ll sit on the drive and not want to move. 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