When you think of a dog walk, you probably see a dog waiting impatiently at the door. For many dogs, a walk is the most exciting part of the day. For many, but not for all. Some dogs do not like going for walks, and there may be many reasons for this aversion.
One of the most common reasons for avoiding walks is anxiety. Dogs that have not been properly socialized during puppyhood may be a bit withdrawn, and an excess of stimuli may frighten them. Consider, for example, a puppy that was born in the woods or the countryside. Such a doggie has not been exposed to the busy street, crowds of people, etc. Suddenly they find themselves in a new family and an unfamiliar place. Their new parents take them for the first walk, and suddenly they see cars, trains, bicycles, other dogs… This can strongly frighten the little one, making them anxious to go outside. In addition, an excess of stimuli usually strongly blocks the puppy and not only will not want to walk but also 90% will not do their physiological needs. A puppy needs to be gradually familiarized with new stimuli to discover the world. One way to help a dog with anxiety is to start with small walks in a quiet area and gradually increase the distance and level of stimulation. You can also consider using calming aids such as a Thundershirt or pheromone sprays. It’s important to remain calm and patient with your dog, and never force them to confront their fears.
Some dogs may just not like walks and are couch potatoes. If so, going outside is a necessity to do their needs, but afterward, they want to come right back home. However, if you plan the walk well, even such a dog may be able to enjoy it. Make sure to choose the right activity for your dog’s personality. One may love sniffing games outside, while the other will find it boring and will prefer to play fetch. Observe your pet and try to organize the walk in a way that will be something exciting for them. Remember that going outside should be fun for your pooch, not a forced trip to pee.
Poor Relationship with the Parent
Another reason why some pets don’t want to go out for walks is because of a poor relationship with their parent or lack of attachment to the parent. Some dogs may feel insecure outside and will only go out with a person they have a strong bond with and trust. Walking with another person may be uncomfortable for them. That is why it’s extremely important that your dog has a great connection with all family members. Make sure that the whole family spends time with your pup, playing and bonding with each other.This could include playing games, offering treats, and cuddling on the couch. You can also try hand-feeding them their meals to build trust and reinforce the bond between you. Remember, a strong bond with your dog is key to helping them feel secure and happy on walks.
It’s also worth paying attention to dog walking accessories. If you choose the wrong collar or harness and the dog feels discomfort, they may become discouraged from outdoor activities. Remember that a puppy grows very fast, so you often have to check whether the accessories or clothes haven’t become too tight.
Some dogs simply need time to get used to their new surroundings. You have to be patient and gradually show the world to the little one, and for sure they will quickly get used to new stimuli. However, it is important that your pet feels that they have your support and can count on you.
There may be many reasons for your pet’s dislike of walking. Remember not to forcefully pull your dog on a leash. If you don’t respect their nature, you may worsen your relationship with your pet, and this is not the point. Try to make your walks more diverse and introduce activities that will bring your dog a lot of joy.