When the time comes for the walk, your dog stays layer in his basket. If you manage to extract it, it brakes with all four irons in front of the front door. His message is unequivocal: he does not want to accompany you. Several reasons can explain its blocking to which various solutions can be provided. Our advices.
Why does your dog refuse walks?
Generally, a dog loves to frolic in nature and sniff the multiple smells that dot their path. Therefore, a lack of enthusiasm at the time of the walk can seem worrying. Several reasons can explain his prostration.
- He was not used to going out. If you have just adopted a dog whose history you do not know, he may have unexpected reactions. If he spent his life attached or in an enclosure, that he has been deprived of a walk for a long time, he can tire quickly and not follow the new pace that we submit to him. The discovery of noises, objects and smells with which he is not familiar, is likely to disrupt his routine;
- He is afraid of the outside world. In the event of a recent adoption, you do not yet know your new companion well. A dog who lived a trauma with his former owner can remember this incident and this memory can terrorize him. But the animal may simply feel apprehensive about an environment unknown which he was not familiar with. The hustle and bustle of the cities, the bustle of the crowd, the noise of cars can frighten him to the point of refusing walks. If your pet has felt comfortable so far and their fear has arisen suddenly, it is likely that an event to which you did not pay attention frightened him during the last walk (a detonation, contact with an aggressive congener…);
- He is tired, feels pain. Walking your dog daily is an excellent habit for the animal and for its owner. However, care must be taken to to spare his companion in hot weather, for example, or if your hairball is old. A change sudden in his behavior may be due to fatigue or pain. In this case, try to manipulate gently your dog to detect the origin of his suffering or entrust this mission to your veterinarian.
My dog does not want to go out: what solutions?
The walks must be done in a context pleasant. By taking the leash, collar or harness, take a dynamic attitude and playful. If you’re in a hurry, it’s raining, can’t wait to get it over with before you even leave, you risk communicating your lack of enthusiasm to your companion. In addition to motivating him by your enthusiasm, you will have to respond to his apprehension through different actions :
- Consult a veterinarian. If your loulou shows signs of pain (lameness, squealing, vomiting….), You must have it checked by a veterinarian who will establish a diagnosis allowing the problem to be resolved. If the refusal to go out is not related to a health, it will be necessary to consider other avenues.
- Desensitize it. The work of desensitization or habituation consists of to confront gradually the animal with the origin of the disturbance so that it understands that this element does not represent any danger for him. For example, there are videos and audio documents on the internet or on CD which reproduce various sounds: automobile traffic, thunder, gunshot, firecracker … You will then have to submit your dog without rushing him to the stimulus that triggers his phobia and associate it with a positive response, such as a food reward;
- Divert his attention:
- Using sweets. To encourage your dog to leave the house, take some treats he likes with you. Your pooch will then focus more on what he eats than on what is around him. The rewards – to be given only when he makes the effort to move forward – will motivate him to come out. When you are out for a walk and it hangs again, repeat the operation. Faced with its progress, be sure to space out delicacies until they are completely eliminated when he regains confidence.
- With his blanket or his toy prefer. As soon as you leave, let your dog hold a blanket or a toy that he cares about in his mouth. If he doesn’t want to take it, show it to him and take small steps forward to stimulate his desire to follow the object he loves. During the walk, do not hesitate to engage in a game so that he considers the walk as a moment of relaxation and fun.
- Change your habits. To motivate your pooch, a trick is to get him out of his routine through new experiences. For that, it is enough to to diversify the places to walk so that he discovers new smells. You can also change the pace walks favoring several short trips. If it seems like your dog’s stoppage is due to fatigue, take breaks to allow it to recover. In this way, he will no longer see the walks as a grueling moment;
- Go out with friends. If your dog is sociable with his peers, consider organizing walks with other dogs who are comfortable on a walk. Your doggie will focus on the presence of his friends, will feel reassured and will realize that the outside is not as scary as he imagined it to be.
The reinforcement positive is essential in the education of your dog. If, despite numerous attempts, you do not succeed in getting your pooch out of the house, the accompaniment by a professional dog behavior will be necessary.