Why does my dog lay down and refuse to walk (she's not injured)?

asked 2016-02-24 18:41:22 -0600

I adopted my 5 y/o pit mix, Tulip, about 3 months ago. Just within the last few weeks, when she's on walks or going from the car to the house or vice versa, she lays down and refuses to walk. She's always been into passive resistance, but i'm not sure what her deal is on this, particularly as it's been so consistent the last few weeks. She's not injured, nor overheated, nor exhausted (she gets PLENTY of rest on the couch, believe me). One thing that occurred is that, between going to daycare during the day and then being home with us at night, she's not getting a ton of outdoor time. Could my pup simply be saying, "I NEED TO SUN MYSELF IN NATURE, MOM!"? Any other ideas? My back can't take much more of this (she's 60 lbs.) Thanks!

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answered 2016-02-24 19:34:08 -0600

My younger dog used to plant herself on walks and refuse to move. I found the best way to prevent it was to make sure she was wearing comfortable equipment that wouldn't cause her pain if she did suddenly stop, and then keep moving at a good pace past problem areas. She was much less inclined to plant herself if we were moving quickly, and I wasn't worried about hurting her if she did decide to stop suddenly. It's much harder to start a dog once they've stopped than to keep them from stopping in the first place.

I'd also try a variety of distractions to refocus her attention once she does plant herself. Release all tension on the leash, then distract her with a yummy treat or an exciting toy that she has to move in order to get. Once she's up, lure her a few steps and pair the movement with a cue, like "come on" or "let's go" before she's allowed to have it. You don't want to reward her for planting or staying planted, but you do want to reward her for un-planting herself. You might also choose to schedule time where she can just lay outside without pressure to move. If she feels like she's given that freedom on occasion, she may be less stubborn about coming inside when you don't have time.

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answered 2017-02-23 17:06:47 -0600

Stubborn especially the breed! If my dog does not want to go in after a walk he feels is not long enough he will lay down and not move like a boulder!

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answered 2017-02-23 17:21:46 -0600

Make sure to check them temperature! Overheating or exhaustion are the most common reasons.

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