How do I stop my dog from stopping on walks?

asked 2017-11-13 22:12:29 -0500

Hi there,

I have a 14 month old Shepard mix, who over the past few months has gotten progressively more stubborn on walks. We will be cruising, and at certain points refuse to move any further and lay down. We have tried to be patient, and have noticed it's certain areas, but we don't know how to jumpstart her again. If we try and physically move her, she will growl and bite.

We went to the vet and they eliminated any health issues.Any help would be appreciated, currently looking for a trainer in our area now.



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Did they do hips xrays? Very important. A shepherd that lays down and growls and bites if asked to keep walking may be suffering from hip dysplasia. Did your vet says that they really did x-rays for dysplasia? Just making sure. I went though the same thing with my shepherd. Good luck.

Lenka L.'s profile image Lenka L.  ( 2017-11-17 17:07:27 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2018-05-21 21:50:47 -0500

I would use treats and enthusiasm. Only give a treat when the pup gives any indication of doing what they are asked. Movement forward or paying attention to me --- get a treat and praise. As they walk give treats, too. It may be especially helpful to give small bites of a treat prior to getting to the place where they stop and lay down. It might encourage them to keep going.

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Great idea. I’m going to try this next time!

Latrellis S.'s profile image Latrellis S.  ( 2018-06-04 06:56:42 -0500 ) edit
answered 2017-11-21 01:23:06 -0500

First, eliminate any possibility of spine, hip, foot, etc., injury, or an illness. Personally, I'd call a behaviorist for an evaluation. It could be a training issue. Have you ever brought treats along? I mean "righteous treats", something they NEVER get on a regular basis. Cheddar cheese, hot dogs, turkey, etc., cut in to VERY small bits. When you approach the area of occurrence, take out a treat and let your dog smell it, and take it, with an enthusiastic "Good!". Keep moving, you want them to realize it's a good thing to keep going. As you walk, every ten to fifteen seconds, give them another treat followed by praise. After a while you can start to diminish the treats, and substitute just praise. Best of luck!

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answered 2017-11-17 14:14:23 -0500

I had the same issue with my dog when walking her! I have a Pomeranian and she always refuse to walk in middle of daily walking. When she first started doing this, I had know idea so I just forced her to walk and gave pressure onto the leash, however, this made her worse. I have realized to just wait until she feels like walking again. For my Pom, usually about 1-2 mins of waiting was enough. Also, another advice, never treat the dog to make her/him walk!

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