Your routine and mood totally depend on how your dog acts. It can put you in a sad mood when you’re tugging the leash and your dog has put the brakes on. It really sucks when your dog stops at the door, showing disinterest when all you want is to keep him in good shape and have some quality time. From hour-long walks to no interest in walking make the pet owners think what actually went wrong and they end up getting no answers but don’t worry, this article will help you sort out the problem.
Look out for health problems
Most of the pet owners think that their pet is growing lazy and it can be true in some cases but, firstly, you should check if your dog has any disease or allergies. Dogs can catch seasonal allergies and start biting off the fur on their paws. It leads to irritated paws and irritation while walking that’s why they start resisting going for walks. Environmental allergens include pollen, dust and mold.
Food items can also cause allergies. The most common parts effected by allergies are ears, paws and wrists. You should get your pet checked by a professional to get some medication and treat the allergies before they aggravate. Symptoms of allergy include itchiness, swollen face, hives, red skin, diarrhea, vomiting and sneezing.
Apart from allergies, arthritis is the other disease your dog might be affected by. Arthritis leads to severe pain in joints and bones due to which your dog might not want to move. Symptoms of arthritis are loss of appetite, swelling, fever and limping. You can lower the chances of arthritis by keeping your dog’s weight balanced and adding supplements in food which boost his muscles, cartilage and bones. If the problem has grown severe, you can book and appointment with a physician who can perform a surgery to eliminate the root of the problem.
Fear and Pain
A dog whose face once flooded with excitement and happiness after hearing you grabbing the leash now, all of sudden, has completely lost interest in going out. You should think of every possible variable which can lead to problems for your dog. We usually overlook the fact that dogs can get feared by anything.
Something must have happened which wiped out all the positive connotations associated with walks. Fear is known as subjective emotion in dogs. Something which may look innocent to us can be extremely fearful to a dog. Even the loud noises emitting from a blaring siren of an ambulance or a truck can result in development of fear. Change the route, preferably one with less noises, and keep on rewarding your dog after every step. Positive reinforcement will help in establishment of cooperative behavior. You can check if your dog is afraid of loud noises by taking him to a park and if he’s comfortable there, you should pick a route with less noises.
Pain can also make your doggie lose interest in walking. While taking the walk, your dog can sniff around and eat anything. Ingestion of some bugs or anything harmful to your dog’s stomach can lead to upset tummy and your dog might suffer a lot. The magnitude of suffering can lead to establishment of negativity against walks. Same happens if your dog gets bitten by a bug on paws or anywhere and its stings a lot. You should check out for any abnormality after every walk to avoid such issues.
Is the weather right?
Walking barefoot in summers is so painful and your dogs also feel the scorching heat emitted by ground. You should make sure if it’s the right weather for walks. For instance, you may have established a midday schedule for walks during winters because catching some sun in winter feels good but as summers approach, sun in noontime can hurt so you should choose appropriate timing for the daily walk.
Are you holding the leash okay?
Dogs can be very sensitive when it comes to commanding them. If your dog obeys you well, you should try walking with him without a leash but that, definitely, needs proper training. Let your dog play around when you are out so that they can enjoy rather than being pulled to do something. Putting a leash on and forcing your dog to walk can result in loss of trust. Wheedle and lure your pet to step forward with you.
Dogs love predictable schedules that’s why you should make such schedules which aren’t interrupted by anything. If you’re taking your dog out for a walk at the time for his dinner, carry his food ration along and feed him along the way. The food along the walk will make him overlook the change in schedule.
Getting your dog back to the level of willingness he showed earlier can be a long, gradual, process so you should be patient if you really want to work things out. It will surely get better with time if you identify the problem at the earliest. The most important thing is identification of the problem. Once you identify the problem, start mitigating it and enticing your dog to start walking again. Offering treats after every step will make him more excited and don’t forget to build trust. Last but not the least, remember not to make same mistakes again or to keep a check on your dog’s health because you don’t want the same thing happening all over again.