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Why doesn't my dog want to walk?

I have a 2 year old dog who hides under the bed when we get ready to walk her. She also will sometimes sit on the floor after her leash is on and we have to basically drag her out. Once we are outside she will walk. I think she is having an okay time. She always gets a treat after the walk. She is a min pin/Chihuahua mix.


Asked by Member 552411 on Dec 31st 2007 Tagged walking, dog, leash, dragging, reluctant in Behavior & Training
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Dixie

How long have you had this dog? Maybe her last owners abused her on walks or when she went outside.

If she doesn't want to walk out the door, you could try putting the leash on and walking out the door first. Maybe bring treats to lure her and sit out there until she feels safe to come out on her own. You could also try running around outside or bring some of her favorite toys to make her want to come out and to make walks seem more fun. While you are doing this, ALWAYS be postitive, lots of praise when she does what you want her to.


Dixie answered on 12/31/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


Pixie

have you tried using a harness? sometimes if you do things gradually, in baby steps, you can coax a dog into comfort. start by just putting the harness on her inside, giving lots of treats and praise. eventually she should get more comfortable. then try attaching a leash (lightweight) to the harness. dont try walking her with it leash yet, just let her get used to it being on. eventually once the pup gets used to the leash and all she should be less likely to hide from them when it is time to go for walks. remember, patience is the key- especially if you are working with a dog with an unknown history (aka- you adopted her and dont know what her life was like before you met). good luck!


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TK, CGC

Don't drag the dog anywhere, first of all. Think about how intimidating it would be to have someone 100 times your size dragging you out the door. Once you are ready to walk, be very positive and jovial in your tone while interacting with her. Give her high value treats in the beginning and do it frequently. Use them as a lure to get her outside, then once you're walking together keep up the happy act and continue giving the treats. Your dog doesn't view walking as a fun time right now and you need to change that for her.


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Jack

If she has previously enjoyed (or even just tolerated) walks, I would strongly suspect a physical problem that causes pain when she goes for a walk.

Have you taken her to the vet lately?

When dogs hide under beds or refuse to engage in an activity that they usually are fine with, that is usually a sign of some type of illness or injury.


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Jesse

Both of these breeds tend to be nervous breeds. At feeding time encourage her to come out the door and have her dinner.If she does ok other then the in and out part or the walk it doesn't strike me as a physical problem or a health issue. More of there may have been something that happened on her way in or out of the house at one point.Maybe something that you may not of noticed but was outstanding to her. Or there could be something on the walk that she doesn't like. Try going a different route. Why can't you just pick her up instead of dragging her? Instead of giving her the trat after the walk give them to her during the time that is the most difficult to her. Encourage her and do some retraining.


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