Does your dog brake on the walk ? If so, in this article we will help you with this problem. Anyone who is adopting a dog now and has tried to go for a walk with him, knows how sad it is when he doesn’t want to walk. This is one of the most common actions a dog that has never walked anywhere can do. It’s natural and instinctive. However, some care is needed so that the problem does not last forever. Follow along.
Dog hangs on the sidewalk
If your dog gets stuck on the walk, something is wrong. Not that this isn’t an uncommon attitude. On the contrary: it is so common that it can be considered normal by most people. However, the fact is that some care and measures need to be taken, so that the problem is corrected and not extended.
This is a mixture of sensations that affects the dog. Especially if he’s a puppy and especially if he never left home (or almost never). The street is not always the most comfortable place for a dog. They are extremely homely and feel like they belong somewhere. And this is part of the instinct. However, tours are necessary for a number of situations. Including to prevent obesity in dogs .
But, how to build a healthy and long-term relationship in this sense, if the dog hates going out? Keep reading to understand and seek the solution.
Understand what your dog is feeling
When a dog stalls on the sidewalk, above all, he’s trying to say something. No type of action is done for free. I mean, there’s always a reason. And in this case it would be no different. Therefore, before applying any dog training activity, practice or technique, it is important to understand what is happening.
No kind of problem can be solved if the source is not identified. Covering the sun with a sieve will never solve anything and can make the situation worse. Therefore, you will need to do a kind of empathy exercise. Put yourself in the shoes of the dog that is stopping on the walk and try to understand the motivation of that.
It’s not easy, because it can be what you least imagine. However, this is usually linked to fear and feelings of insecurity on the part of the animal. This fear can be caused by a number of things. Follow along to understand better.
Look for elements that can make it crash
As we mentioned earlier, it is of paramount importance that you identify what may be causing your dog to freeze during walks. Remember that if you don’t discover the real motivation of a problem, you will never discover how to actually solve it.
And it’s also worth remembering that solving the problem doesn’t mean the dog will stop braking overnight. Don’t think that, because you may be discouraged on the first try. Dogs are animals. They need time for any adaptation, as they do not rationally understand what is happening around them. So look for some paths that may be causing the dog to brake during walks. See below.
If your dog is a puppy or even if he’s an adult who doesn’t get out much, too much movement can leave him paralyzed. Remember that a dog used to an environment will hardly give in quickly to a new environment. This is even valid when we take the dog to live in another place, due to a change of city, for example.
Therefore, excessive movement on the street can make the dog scared. A lot of noise, a lot of cars and a lot of people around him at the same time, can be factors that motivate the dog to brake on the walk. Make an observation and try to understand at what specific moment he stops walking. And so you will have a more focused targeting for treatment.
Excessive movement comes against this situation: strange people. A dog is a bodyguard and often feels that he is protecting his owner’s home. You may have noticed a dog stressed with a neighbor or even people on the street, right? However, this is often the case for the security of the home enclosure.
From the moment the dog feels intimidated by the excess of strange people (whom he has never seen in his life), he can stop and not follow the walk. This is a feeling of fear of the unknown and insecurity. It’s normal, but it needs to be studied to find a solution.
Presence of other dogs
In addition to strange people (unknown), the presence of other dogs on the walk can be the justification for the dog to brake. This is why the observation exercise is so important. Because in this case, you will easily notice your dog’s dissatisfaction from the moment you meet other dogs on the street.
Often encounters can be harmless. That is, the dog meeting new friends may not mean a fight over territory. However, sometimes just the opposite can happen: excessive fear. And this is not healthy either, as the dog needs to socialize with other dogs. Of course, in a way accompanied by the tutor, to keep the animal’s health and energy up to date.
Insecurity on the street
In general, the insecurity that a newly arrived dog on the street feels is very great. It boils down to a series of fears and suspicions. As we mentioned earlier, the dog is very considerate of where he belongs. And when he starts noticing everyone around him (even without posing any risk), he feels out of place.
Very large and open environments, such as large avenues in big cities, for example, can be a factor in these fears. The feeling of lack of comfort and knowledge of the territory plagues some dogs that are in a wider field of vision than they are used to. This is normal and should be understood as a common reaction for a dog that comes from a closed home.
What to do?
There are some activities you can do to improve. Follow along.
Do not reinforce the fear he is feeling
If the dog brakes on the walk, it is for a reason, as we have already understood. Once you’ve realized the possible sensations the dog is feeling through observation, it’s time to put some ideas into practice to improve the problem. This does not mean that the dog will leave peacefully after these processes. But it can help a lot.
The first step is not to reinforce fear in the animal. How do you reinforce fear? Let’s exemplify to make understanding easier. Imagine that your dog is at home and hears fireworks. We know that this practice leaves animals extremely scared, even at home, don’t we? In this way, he will look for a place to hide.
What you need to do is let him hide, but don’t reinforce his motivation to do so. That is, don’t pet the dog or show too much support. This way he will condition, over time, that fireworks are harmful to him and he will always hide, because he will know that you will help him.
In the case of fears of going out on the street, it is the same situation. If you go to help your dog, caress him and show great affection at this moment, he will increasingly condition himself to an extreme state of fear. This also doesn’t mean you should abandon it! On the contrary, always be with him. But do not reinforce the fear, as it will be more difficult to remove in the future.
Be your dog’s leader
Another very important factor in trying to improve the dog’s situation is to demonstrate leadership. Be your dog’s leader . This is one of the (few) ways to make him trust you on the street. After all, they need to feel that nothing bad can happen. And this the one who must demonstrate, in animal instinct, is the leader of the pack. In case you.
In order for you to be your dog’s leader, you must make him feel confident to continue. Proper training can help the process, as the dog will understand that he can trust you.
Use the mother carrying technique
Do you know the mother carrying technique? If the dog gets stuck on the walk, it can be extremely useful to reverse the situation. This technique consists of lifting the animal by the skin behind its neck, simulating that its mother is carrying it. They will feel safe with this attitude and will be able to move forward little by little. You will be able to take it for a few meters when you stop due to the crash.
It is not certain that they will continue walking alone at the exact moment, but they will feel the sense of leadership that we mentioned earlier. And this can be very useful in the medium and long term.
Be patient and don’t give up
If the dog gets stuck on the walk, there is no doubt that he is scared or insecure. We humans also feel a series of sensations like this. And we can’t always heal overnight. The same goes for dogs. You must be patient and not give up on the process. Always seek results in the medium and long term and good luck!