Has the vet recently given you the green light to take your dog out to the street, but there is no way for him to walk quietly? This post is dedicated to all those people who, like you, have the following question: “What do I do if my puppy does not want to walk?”
Behaviors that should alert you if your puppy does not want to walk
Typically, puppies do not want to walk the first time they go on a walk. The novelty overwhelms them.
Some dogs dare with everything and need a shorter adaptation period than others. However, if yours is a little shyer, it will take time and patience to get used to all the new stimuli on the street. But that is normal, don’t worry. However, certain behaviors should alert you if your puppy doesn’t want to walk. They are as follows:
Your puppy is terrified of noise from the street he wants to escape continuously, he feels very uneasy, and your puppy pulls the leash to go home all the time or he asks you to pick him up in a very insistent way. In these cases, it is necessary to assess the level of fear and tension that the puppy shows because, if it is too high, it would be necessary to urgently consult a canine educator or an ethologist to help the dog manage its anxiety.
Your puppy shows aggressiveness every time you try to put the leash or collar on at home: some dogs adopt aggressive behaviors as a strategy to avoid unpleasant situations. If this is the case for your puppy, you should go to a canine educator as soon as possible, who values your dog’s temperament and, above all, teaches your dog to redirect aggressive behaviors towards other acceptable ones. Canine aggressiveness does not remit by itself but, on the contrary, usually increases as the dog discovers that an offensive strategy is effective in “saving” itself from what it does not like.👀🐕🐩🐕🦺🐶
Your puppy does not want to walk because he is terrified of people he does not know: some puppies with socialization problems show a lot of fear towards strangers. Going out for a walk is an unpleasant situation because, precisely, on the street, there are many unknown people who perhaps even approach him or her to caress him. In this case, you should contact an ethologist or a canine educator as soon as possible to treat that fear of strangers since the puppy stage is ideal for improving that behavior and teaching the dog positive contact with unknown people.
Your dog shows a lot of fear when interacting with other dogs: the puppy stage is also the most crucial socialization stage of your dog’s life. So it is essential to teach him to interact with other individuals of his species correctly. For this, you can sign up for a puppy socialization class or a basic dog education course. It is essential to lay a good foundation for your dog to be a balanced animal in adulthood.
Acceptable behaviors if your puppy doesn’t want to walk
We have just reviewed all those warning signs that you should take into account if your puppy refuses to walk. But several behaviors are within the norm and that should not concern you.
Your puppy stops every two by three: it is normal for your dog to stand up, sit down, and even refuse to continue walking during the first walks. As we have said before, the novelty of the street can overwhelm them. The important thing is that you do not show a high level of anxiety. Be patient, respect his rhythm, and, if necessary, encourage your puppy with a toy or food prize to continue walking and exploring the street.
Your puppy doesn’t pee or poop on the street – many owners worry that their dogs seem to be waiting to come home to empty their bladder. It is absolutely normal. You have to think that a dog will not relieve itself on the street until it feels safe enough in this new environment to defecate or urinate. Again, be patient and remember to reward your puppy a lot when he finally pees or poops away from home.
Before despairing, turning to the concern of “My puppy does not want to walk, what am I going to do?” Remember that your puppy is discovering everything at every moment and that the street has many new stimuli. He can be stunned by car noises, people moving here and there, other dogs, fumes, unknown odors, etc. If your puppy needs time to explore this new world, we must understand it and adapt to the pace of the ride his needs.
How to teach a dog to walk
Teaching a dog to walk is usually not a big problem. Now, getting your dog to always walk calmly and without pulling on the leash is something else. In fact, some owners go from thinking, “my puppy does not want to walk” to “my puppy does not know how to walk quietly and always pulls on the leash.” Let’s see some essential tips to teach your dog to walk:
Placement of the collar or harness and strap
In puppies, the placement of the collar or leash is vital before going outside for the first time. To do this, you can put the collar or harness on your dog at home during short periods. When you put it on, always do it accompanying the maneuver with edible prizes. That way, your dog will associate the harness or collar with a positive experience.
Habituation to street stimuli
Dogs that live in urban environments must face a multitude of sound, olfactory, tactile, and even gustatory stimuli on the street. Smoke, cars, children playing in the park, scooters, bicycles, motorcycles, noisy buses, etc. are many things at once. To ensure that your puppy does not feel overwhelmed by so much stimulation and that he begins to associate all those novelties with sensations positive, we recommend:🐶🐶🐶
Before your puppy has the necessary vaccinations to go for a walk in the street, take him out in your arms, and let him observe the world from your lap. This will help your puppy get used to it.
Once your puppy already has the vet’s permission to walk, start with short walks and at quiet times and areas: do not choose, for example, the surroundings of a school at the time of the departure of the students.
ALWAYS carry edible premise or toys with you to offer them to your dog during the walk, whenever there is a loud noise, a car passes too close, a bicycle, a scooter, etc. The idea is that your puppy associates all those things with a positive experience.
On the first day, do not have your puppy run next to you. The expert in dog ethology Alby Scottie, from Dogopet, explains in this article the dangers of having a puppy rn next to you when teaching a puppy and socializing it correctly.
During the first walks, don’t force your puppy to do anything he doesn’t want to if you don’t want to ask yourself again, “My puppy doesn’t want to walk, what do I do?” Remember that each animal has a different adaptation rhythm.
Do not pull the strap
Finally, you must teach your puppy, from the beginning, to walk calmly and without pulling on the leash. To do this, stop every time your dog pulls on the leash and do not allow him to move forward – don’t jerk the leash because you could hurt your puppy. Just stop and don’t move forward. The leash has to be a clear limit for your dog.
Call him from your standing position to come back to you and give him a prize when he does.🐩
Once your puppy is back, start walking. If your puppy pulls the strap again, repeat the exercise.🐕🦺🐕🦺
We hope that, after reading this post, you have been able to answer the question, “My puppy does not want to walk: what do I do?”. We hope the information has been useful to you. Remember that you can continue learning about dog education on our website.