She might’ve had a terrible history and deserves that time to transition :). Eventually, your dog will learn that it is safe being outside and will comfortably walk. A dog that didn’t go through socialization training as a puppy will be much more fearful of his environment. She even snubbed my wife yesterday too for first time. Previous to us, he was at another home in the UK living with another dog and was there for 2 months before coming to us. When its time for walks, he’ll lay on the matt so we can’t put his harness and lead on. Just check my linked articles here and you’ll find many opportunities to tire out your dog in other ways. Drive Away From Home Before Starting Your Walk. His primary owner is our 79 year old mother who walks very slowly and isn’t very active, however she and Harry have always been able to go for a short walk and a longer one each day. 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. Make sure that you practice crossing the street often and don’t let it get to the point that he stops. Hope this will help! I’d just recommend you wait some time and check out the 3-3-3 rule I’ve mentioned on the bottom of the article. Since the 4th of Juky…yes she is sensitive to the fireworks, she has refuse to go for normal walkfrom our home to the park. Her first home was a challenging situation and I think built a lot of fear into her. Playtime is much more crucial at this point for a puppy so why not get your pup a brain game? We can not get her to go out separately in the mornings. If the problem is a simple fix, like a new collar, try putting their old collar back on and seeing if they will go for a walk. Then she started to refuse to leave the house. She is fine when either me or husband walks her, with our kids, any combination so long as there is at least two people. especially if his normal route is pretty calm) as well as your bonding – I’ve linked you both articles. great for these two that you rescued them! It doesn’t have to be outright fear, it can just be a certain feeling of discomfort on her new route. 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). 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. As a puppy he definitely seems to have a more nervous disposition. Challenging Your Dog Mentally Take a new route. That being said, if you’re sure it’s not fear (normal body posture, no laid back ears, submissive position, reactiveness, tail between legs, etc.) (We only just got her to eat a full serving of food.). I have an article that goes into detail on how to stop your dog from ingesting everything (my puppy did the same, count yourself lucky as long as it’s not other dog’s poop). This problem certainly isn’t always a nasty thing, but there could be some problem which needs addressing. Another thing to point out is that when we go to the beach with him he walks with no problem or when we take him to socialization/aglity classes he runs, moves plays with other dogs and everything is fine. We’re sticking to the same route, too, until she seems to get more comfortable. This was on a different path than she is normally used to but not longer. It means that your pup is just testing you a bit and if the hosue is out of sight, it’s out of his mind. About a week ago, he started stopping in the driveway. If you have friends with very calm and relaxed dogs, puppy play dates are another option. Some dogs love balls, frisbees, tugs, chew toys, plush toys, it’s all about texture!). Because of this, I choose to stay on a familiar route were I know we won’t be attacked. I’d never go for meds unless you’ve exhausted ALL options and the anxiety is huge. My 8 month Greek rescue will not go on a walk from home! Some encouragement on walking may be the final ingredient needed to encourage them past the fence. She does NOT like this. first of all, awesome that you’re putting so much thought into how you can improve your dog’s life and observing his body language – it’s sad that the previous owners gave him away just because they had to move though. He seems like he wants to go in certain direction and when we don’t go as he wants, he refuses to walk at all. Refusal to go for walks could be signs of an underlying behavioral issue. It’s uncomfortable, it’s too loose or too tight, the little bell always rings when I move. Hi Danielle, I stumbled upon this article while searching for answers/advice on why our puppy (Aus Labradoodle) will only walk when there’s two or more of us walking her. Although I generally don’t recommend picking small dogs up, it’s definitely the best solution in potentially dangerous situations. Talk to your veterinarian to see if they are holding any puppy preschool meetings currently and see if you are able to attend. She just walks with her nose glued to the ground and has already had diarrhea multpile times, most likely from ingesting something dangerous or coming into contact with other dogs’ poop. 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 best thing you can do here is just walking your Labradoodle regardless of whether or not she wants to. If it’s extreme, calmly remove her from the situation. No dog wants to just sit there, he will eventually start to sniff or walk into other directions, even if it takes some time. Hello reddit! I’m out of ideas? She just sits and refuses to budge. You’re using new puppy gear. By the way: You can read this post on socialization for a bit more info, maybe it helps. And one of the most common issues people have with their puppy and dog is walking with their dog or puppy on a leash, a loose leash that is. If your dog never had these experiences, they may have problems trusting that being out of the front gate is safe. We have toys at home, however it doesn’t seem that he understands how to play with them yet, or perhaps if he is allowed to. When I get out his harness (a “Joyride”) he walks away from me ( I also have a cheaper, lighter “Sporn” harness and he does the same thing with that one), but if I don’t use a harness that goes around his body he pulls so much he chokes himself. They may have never been allowed out of the back yard with their previous owners. Many of the methods discussed later in this article address this; however, some include puppy preschool or obedience classes. 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. I can get her to come (though only in small spurts) with a firm come and treats but my husband has slightly less luck with this. He most importantly refuses to walk, and we need to lift him to take him in the park. 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. Once you’ve done a few laps up and down your backyard you can try continuing the momentum out onto the street. will not obey any command except ‘NO’. We’ve tried short solo walks and she definitely seems to show a little confidence boost from his presence. Does the problem only exist with your kids or is it possible that she doesn’t want to walk with you either at the moment? Jump in the car and drive over to a local park either near or far away from your home. Bring your dog to … It may take a few walks but give it time. Similarly to a puppy who wasn’t exposed to a variety of experiences. He doesn’t seem sacred or timid at all and simply looks around. after he started this behavior of not going at all or did you start when he refused to go around the house? I’ve tried treats. That behavior should transfer to normal walks. Even a seemingly well-adjusted dog that lived with dogs all his life can be overwhelmed by all the new stimuli and that’s where people/dogs get bitten. Just last month she would run 2 miles with me. You might have heard of the 3-3-3 rule, let me refresh it for you. Too many people don’t even try balls, frisbees, tugs or whatever to get their dog moving. When we got home, she again just refuses to walk most of the time. All of these happy feelings can change suddenly when your puppy goes on a walk for the first time. Even my super confident Rottie picks up on mood in a given room. We ended up turning around to go home, which she was happy to do. Our family has a 6 year old Westie. What works best is picking her up and going a few steps, and then putting her back down and she’ll continue on. When our best walking buddies don’t want to go along, it’s worrisome, especially if they are usually rarin’ to go. In fact, this morning, she refused to even leave the driveway. have you tried the steps above? We are new dog parents, we have a 3 year old Bulldog and she will only go for walks when there are both myself and my partner going. Before you start worrying about any dog training or behavioral issues, get him checked by a vet. But he’ll only start doing this once the house is out of site. It feels like a constant struggle when I walk him and I would like some advice as to how to make it a smoother process. For the refusal to walk, it could very well be that she wasn’t walked much before in which case you’d have to get her used to all the sounds, sights, and smells. He’s an Australian Shepherd. Recommended Reading: How to Bond With Your Dog. Reggie has begun to come to us on walks, if we stop a few feet away, so it seems he is bonding with us gradually! Puppy Refuses To Walk Away From Home, How Can We Help? These dogs will put on the breaks and refuse to walk away from the home. If your dog’s nose is bound to be on the ground all the time then buying the Halti Head Collar will provide you with maximum control over your dog’s head. It’s very frustrating. If your dog or your puppy was happy to leave on walks and has suddenly changed this, we need to work out why? But when I take her in The car somewhere for a longer walk she is fine (once I coax her out of the car). Teaching a proper recall will take time and dedication so in the meantime you can use another alternative to get your dog to walk again. He seems rattled by the sounds of traffic. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Settling In A New Kitten: Their First Week At Home. The fact that he will only follow your treats part of the time can be due to his short attention span which is also totally fine for Fletcher since he just hit the age of 4 months. If you have a friend or neighbour who also has a dog, see if they will come help you get your puppy comfortable walking. We feel that she needs to be walked to burn off some energy but just won’t go. And have taken to stopping and waiting where he does for around 5 minutes before trying to move on, or if just outside the house, we tend to sit for 10-15 minutes so he still has outdoor time. Would love your thoughts, please comment. 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.) Puppy doesn’t want to walk away from home. Take your time and be very patient with a young puppy. Thank you so much for these ideas! 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. However, that doesn’t mean that you always have to give in to his stubbornness, it’s good not to let them get away with everything as it might be establish as a pattern otherwise. General fearfulness in young puppies generally comes from a lack of proper socialisation when they were a puppy. Stay on it. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. kudos to you for rescuing that dog and saving him from a life inside the shelter! 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 loves walks and playing fetch. Crates are an excellent training tool. So, he moved to our home which included things he never had: routine, baths, toys, obedience classes, his own bed, etc…I am home with him all day and he lives inside now. Hi Danielle, thanks for this post! Stopping in the middle of the walk. She is a great wee dog and bonded with my husband and I very quickly but she will only go for short walks then wants to go home and she doesn’t know how to play with toys, she hardly ever barks ( although that’s ok for me) we have tried every thing to her to play even take her to my daughters garden to play with her dog, she is very interested but will make no attempt to join in the fun. First, I’d recommend you try to slowly re-introduce harness and leash just like you would with a puppy. with rescues it’s really important to repeat the mantra of the 3-3-3 rule. We adopted a dog (3years old) 10days ago. Setup the leash and practise walking back and forth in your backyard. An underlying pain doesn’t even have to be associated with being overweight. You have already learned a few tips and tactics that you can use to get your dog to walk again. she is frightened of everything even me. To fix this, you can switch things up more often and confidently walk new routes with him. Which brings us to his panicking. Plus, you may find a new full-time walking buddy. Keep in mind that dogs are masters when it comes to hiding pain. When she gets to that certain point on her walk, she tries to jump out of the buggy and always walks very enthusiatically for about 30 minutes back home. An older dog might experience orthopedic pain from diseases like arthritis and doesn’t want to walk due to the discomfort it causes him. 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). In the meanwhile you can work on your bonding. Puppies are satisfied with exploring their environment and playing. Rather show him how lovely the world can be by engaging in play and luring him with treats. Hi Lillian, how you feel is totally understandable. Any additional suggestions would be very much appreciated Kathy. Especially with puppies, is there any fear-related reason why he doesn’t want to walk, meaning did anything negative happen to him? Although the go-to topic for many people with similar issues is the partially outdated dominance theory, it’s often just miscommunication that can be easily solved with bonding, obedience training, and clear body language. While we love seeing our pooch having fun, this stubbornness can get very annoying especially if you try to call him for the 20th time. When it comes to walks, she’s eager when heading out, and almost immediately the fear seems to set in. 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. 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). We will definitely try tiring him out at home too, whilst giving him time to discover his surroundings. Hello! However, I’ve taken her on other walks and I know she wasn’t tired yet she stopped and would not budge no matter what, it was so difficult to get back home. My Karakachan didn’t socialise as a young pup due to COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. With a bigger family, it’s important that everybody takes part in training which will make it easier to give your Lab commands and provide boundaries as well as guideliens. Thanks for the support xx Kate and Bo. An ill-fitting collar may lead to discomfort and a heavy leash could become a burden for a toy breed or young puppy (reserve stronger leashes for your grown medium/large-sized dog). If it’s just shortly, then that’s normal behavior as dogs can need weeks or even months to settle in and walking her together is good solution if it’ll desensitize her to the outside world and easer her fear. 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. Every place you visit and every person or dog you meet should become a pleasant experience for your dog. If my boyfriend walks her, she has no issues and walks. As soon as we turn to go back to my apartment he runs all the way home. When one of us tries he sits down and doesn’t want to move. Has something changed in your home? This might take several minutes and you can try to get your dog’s attention by luring his nose with a treat or making sounds with your mouth. I am getting so stressed, I broke down and cried today. Your home should be a fun place to be. Occasionally before if we started down a street that she knew led to home, she would pull in the opposite direction and try to sit down. I have only had the for six months and three months. and if he makes good experiences outside, the rest will come. The problem was he was outside ALL day, EVERY day. If this isn’t a new problem, then some of these methods may be beneficial for you. She does love my friends dog and my friends dog mothers her (very cute). Have 7 year old female Lab. Make sure you never reward the fearful behavior though and only reward the calm situations or if your dog bravely approaches something. We have a very sweet 3 year old rescue pitt lab mix who has been home with us for 3 weeks. If that’s not the case, it might just be that your bulldog has a “stronger” bond with your boyfriend. If he manages to go a little further, he will stop multiple times on the walks. If your dog didn’t live with humans before, that’s a big adjustment. Is there anything we can do to help him? I don’t want to drag him by the neck and if I give treats to reward forward movement he just eats the treat and then does it again. I need help! You’d be surprised how many dogs suddenly refuse to walk and even more dogs that are bad at adapting to new situations. We can also avoid some of her tendency to stop right in the middle of the street (when we cross one along our sidewalk path- it’s become clear that this is one of her triggers) by entering into a jog as soon as we reach the end of the sidewalk. She’s an incredibly smart mini Australian Shepherd and loves to run around inside/outside and be a sweet little crazy girl. How can I get him to go on walks again? Redirecting your dog with simple commands or a toy might also help in certain situations. However, there may likely be underlying reasons why they don’t want to go for walks. Of course, this is more normal for a puppy, but it’s just to show that these things can turn 180. Glad that your vet checked him out and it’s seemingly nothing physical :). If you check the end of the article, I’ve covered rescues and the 3-3-3 rule there. She is definitely feeling something .. 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. No, I got him about 3 and a half years ago. For example, many puppies may feel uneasy having a collar around their neck. For example, do they have a new collar? Don’t try and drag or force them to continue walking down the road. Fortunately, this is an easy fix if we humans are willing to change that. You’ve probably heard about the 3-3-3 rule with rescues, they tend to be more comfortable after three weeks but only show their real capabilities, interests, strengths (and sometimes issues) after 3 months. Follow the leash training steps and make sure that your dog has a perfect understanding of how to walk on a leash. Build confidence and keep improving that bond! If I get him going again he usually looks around fearfully. This can come in the form of praise, treats, toys, or even just letting her smell where she wants to. My vet has recommended flomoxomine, but I’m leary with the kidney issue. Never been on walks around the block. 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. 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. Provide her with a safe space in the room but make sure she’s not excluded from family life. Since many dogs like to defecate in the same spot, start there the next time it's time to go. Let the dog come to you. We just got back from a walk and about a black away from home I had to pick her up and walk for a few yards to get her moving. She’ll get interested sooner or later). I’ve even made a list of indestructible dog toys as my own dog would love to play all day and if that time comes, you want something durable. although it may seem annoying, it’s nothing to worry about if that’s the only way he expresses this fear of being separated from one of you :). Walks are why many of us get a dog. Maybe the new collar is too wide, and they don’t find it comfortable compared to their old collar? He needs one person to focus on – a partner that will bond properly with him and train consistently (although every person that’s taking care of him needs to stay consistent because otherwise, he’ll just start ignoring your mother if she allows him stuff, even though you train him not to do something). I am trying slowly in the mornings to put on her harness and lead and then play/treat when she does. If so, take that dog with you on walks and try to go someplace loud etc. I’ve picked her up and carried her a few times, which I doubt helps to much. 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. I have a 16 month old pressa canarian dog (mastiff family). Is he into play sessions with other dogs or is he generally not interested in them? Always evaluate if he’s fearful in which he case he shouldn’t be pulled along except for getting him out of that situation. The second he walks toward you, reward him with a yummy treat and continue walking. I have a rescue that I have had for 2 years..I took her to my parents house and she refused to walk all week long. first of all, I’d suggest asking your grandparents/uncle how they walk your dog. 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. Fact is that she needs to be walked. She loves running and walking, however, about 2 weeks ago she decided otherwise. She refuses to walk with me, she almost seems scared and tries to run back home. Very eager and wouldn’t pull. 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. Ever since, she’s grown more and more fearful, and we noticed that if we go for a walk directly from home (as in, we leave the house on foot), Lemon grows more and more reluctant to walk. Due to COVID, I am living with my parents until further notice. Teaching them to be comfortable walking away from home is just the first step. Try not to get frustrated. A puppy that has never seen a leash or collar before might freeze when being restrained for the first time. For your problem: You’re already doing the right thing with luring him with treats. You can also encourage these needs with something like a snuffle mat. Depending on how long you’re trying to get rid of that behavior, the best way is to stay patient and keep going with the training. 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. Breeds like this are known to be quite strong-willed, sometimes even labeled as stubborn, and your dog just seems to be curious and wants to sniff stuff or look at birds when you want to walk. A young puppy gets overwhelmed by his environment incredibly quickly. He has his moments, sometimes he cowers away from us when we're in town and stops walking, but soon breaks out of it. These classes are fantastic options for socialising puppies and teaching them the basic skills they need. Just introduce a bit of obedience, call her, go through a couple of commands and make the alone time as fun as possible (i.e. When it is time to go for a walk, the fear of the collar no longer exists, and they may be more inclined to go for walks. We have already had two violent encounters. Does she feel uncomfortable due to your presence or is she happily walking with them? 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? We’ve hired a field next week so he’ll be off lead so we’re going to see what he’s like. 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. He is not afraid of the leash or the harness and we tried to get him moving with treats, toys… But nothing works and we don’t know if it’s that he is still getting used to the street or what is wrong with him. 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