My dog ​​doesn't want to walk when he goes out, what do I do?


It is not always like that, so exaggerated. Most of the time, his faithful companion is still delighted on the way, regardless of the length of the journey and sometimes they don't even think the trip is enough and they would love to spend the whole day going around and socializing. but, as Dr. Javier Álvarez de la Villa says, «it can be a reason for veterinary consultation not only to give up the exercise, but also for your pet to move noticeably more slowly, as without energy, as if he could not». Since there are numerous reasons that generate these changes. You will often find obese dogss, others with cardiac problems, with pulmonary alterations, endearing old age, with joint alterations, with hormonal problems, with systemic alterations or with neuro muscular conditions.

Chubby dogs

We begin with obesity, frequent, insidious and a challenge because it is not a simple task to return to the ideal body state. «Obviously, excess weight causes joint overload», says Dr. Javier Álvarez de la Villa and for this our veterinarian consulted gives a simple example: «You only have to take 6 liters of milk and load them on your back and he will realize ». In dogs it is the previous members, and more specifically, the elbows and carps (the dolls) that bear the most burden or stress. However, the hip and specifically the coxofemoral joint also suffers from excess weight.

Alterations such as carpal hyperlaxity appear, that is, the legs are eaten and, above all, the pre-existing osteoarthritis is aggravated. In this last sense to say, to give an example, that a dog with dysplasia, that in many occasions would go unnoticed remaining hidden, but will now come to light in the overweight dog.

It follows that an adequate control of body status and weight in animals with congenital joint disorders such as, unfortunately, famous elbow and hip dysplasia is essential. When we go with the problem to the veterinarian, he performs an exploration of his companion animal informing him of the percentage of overweight and the most affected joints as well as the solutions to reach the optimal state. At the right weight, we can count the ribs by palpating them with our index finger, although they will never be guessed by the naked eye, because then we would be in the opposite problem, of excess of thinness. Seen from above our partner It will be shaped like an "hourglass", that is, it will have a waist.

On the scale, the measure that we will periodically write down on your control board will yield values ​​that are more consistent with the breed and similar to those you had when you were fit. But many times the problem is insidious, our dog is very hungry, we give him almost nothing to eat, we walk him all we can, and yet everyone tells us in the park, with the best of intentions, what "Chubby" that is. Here it is necessary in addition to establishing a diet that activates catabolism, that is, the ability to «Burn fat», perform a hormonal check which, on many occasions, being altered, makes slimming impossible. «Thyroid hormone may be low and cause hypothyroidism. The solution is easy and effective supplementation. As a result, your dog may even eat more, lose weight at last and be more active and agile, ”says Dr. Javier Álvarez de la Villa.

Other dogs produce an excess of endogenous cortisol, they will show a bellied appearance «Pendulum abdomen», will never be satisfied, they will drink in excess and they will show panting, as exhausted. They may have Cushing Syndrome, their diagnosis is necessary and they will have effective treatment. To put an end to the issue of obesity, the veterinarian consulted notes that there are three diets used: high in non-digestible fiber, hyperproteins and finally genomic reducers. All of them will help in addition to the familiar walk.

Cardiac malfunction

When your faithful friend quits the exercise, he may also be enduring cardiac malfunction. In these cases, says the veterinarian Javier Álvarez de la Villa“Dyspnea appears, it is as if it lacks air. This inability, this drowning can be more or less manifest, reaching the gasp when you make the slightest effort or even, what is more serious, at rest. Other times your dog has been running and playing and it only worries us that it takes a long time to catch my breath.

The causes or etiopathogenesis of heart failure are numerous: alterations of the heart valves that cause reflux or hinder the passage of blood, on other occasions it is the heart muscle that does not contract properly, and we cannot forget about arrhythmias and blockages. In summary, we will say that in cardiac alterations there is a decrease in minute volume and as a consequence, the amount of oxygenated blood that reaches the tissues. This fact causes drowning, exhaustion and endangers the life of the pet. Its early diagnosis is essential, auscultation, electrocardiography, radiography and echocardiography are super useful elements to diagnose, predict and alleviate these diseases therapeutically.

Other causes

Finally also - with the help of our veterinarian consulted - the causes that cause walking slowly, renouncing the desired walk are: chronic lung problems: pollution? , Home environments Where does your owner smoke too much and does your pet become a passive smoker? It is not known well but in some races frequently emphysema and asthma appear, we take care of the environments and our health and theirs will improve. Rheumatism, a disease that degenerates the joints when attempting against the known collagen is not uncommon, especially, curiously, in mini dogs and toys. In them, the finger joints deform greatly making walking impossible due to the intense pain it produces. It is necessary to go to the first alarm signal to the veterinarian so that they diagnose and treat as soon as possible to avoid that the process is too advanced. Nor should we forget that systemic, hormonal, muscular diseases and neuromuscular are lurking and need to be prevented. Thus, your partner will accompany you happily on your long walks.

My labrador puppy doesn't want to walk

The first walks of a puppy are complicated. Everything is new to him, too exciting and loud. Remember that the dogs are animals very sensitive to beeps, screams and loud sounds, so the city can move and not want to walk through it.

There are several tricks for you to learn to enjoy these walks. One of the best is to walk next to another dog older than him, because that will give him the security he needs. If you don't have this option, start walking with him through a quiet park and reward him with something rich every time he advances. As you do, change the goodies for games and end up walking happily.

My dog ​​stops when we walk

Another problem you may have is that your dog takes two steps and stops dry. This case is common in hairy ones that are already very old. If you are around nine, ten or more years old, it will cost you a lot to walk because you will not have the energy to do so. In this situation you have to be patient, reduce the meters traveled in your walks and allow him to rest whenever he needs it.

If your colleague is not older and stops while you are walking, it is possible that they have been hurt. See if he supports the weight of his body on one of his legs, leaving free the one that has bruised. If you do this, you may have a damaged ligament or your pads may be damaged. If this happens, leave a consultation with our online veterinarians and we will tell you how to treat this lesion. Rest is the best option.Never give him human painkillers, because you could kill him.

My dog ​​does not want to walk and trembles, okay?

If your dog does not want to walk when he goes outside and trembles, what is really happening to him is that this tremor is symptomatic of a problem with his cerebellum or nervous system. There are two diseases with these symptoms and both require diagnosis and urgent treatment. On the one hand we have vestibular syndrome.

This refers to damage to the nervous system of the same name, which regulates its balance. If he has any type of injury in him, he will not walk, he will do it awkwardly and it will cost him to get up if he has been sitting for a long time. The other problem is Shaker syndrome. If this is what happens to you, your cerebellum will be swollen, which will affect the way you move.

Both vestibular and Shaker syndrome are not common. If your furry does not want to walk as much as possible, it is because of his age, an injury or what we are going to talk about next.

My dog ​​is afraid to go outside and does not want to leave the house

To end, your dog may be afraid to go outside not because he is a puppy, but because he is unhappy. The hairy are very empathetic beings and need love, eat well and feel loved, be healthy and live in a warm place where they always have access to water and everything they need. They also need to have a daily routine that makes them live safe and secure.

If any of this fails, you will not be encouraged, you will feel helpless and will express it in the form of fear when you have to face the hustle and bustle of the city. If this happens, you will have to analyze why it is unhappy and remedy it. Doing it sometimes is not easy, that's why we recommend that you ask our ethologists a consultation, they will be happy to give you advice so that your colleague is again passionate about taking walks.

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Why our dog stops during the walk

That our dog stops in the middle of the street can be for many different causes and our duty is to observe the behavior of our pet to know what happens and why he is doing it.

If you fail to identify the causes that make your dog not want to walk, in ExpertAnimal we help you with the most common causes:

  • Your dog is learning to walk
  • He has not learned to walk correctly
  • He suffers stress and during the walk he does not relax (he smells the ground, excrement etc. is an indicator of relaxation)
  • He is afraid (of dogs, bicycles, cars or people)
  • Suffer pain in the pads of the legs
  • Suffer another type of pain
  • It is an elderly dog
  • You do not pause the dog needs
  • He entertains himself with a stimulus that appeals to him

One time identify the cause you must act, for this, read on to know the practical solutions in each of these cases.

Puppy dogs - Learning

If you have a puppy dog ​​that is discovering the street For the first time it is normal that you do not want to walk and stop occasionally. Your dog is in the moment of socialization, a learning process of the environment, other pets and people in which he wants and must discover everything that surrounds him.

It is essential that you allow him to do what he wants, at least outside the home, in this way he will understand that the walk is a time dedicated to his entertainment, fun and relaxation. You must allow it to stop, sniff and spend time discovering everything around it. Of course, remember that you must pay attention at all times to prevent your dog from experiencing a bad experience because it could lead to trauma in the future.

To prevent the dog from constantly stopping we can use an older dog as a guide to stimulate you and teach you how to behave in the street naturally. You can also use treats to get their attention, keep them on track and reward proper behavior during the walk.

Adult dogs that don't know how to walk

There are adult dogs that due to poor socialization or an incomplete learning process do not know how to walk properly: they seem to be little used to the walk. Usually abandoned dogs are usually in this segment have not received adequate attention in its most important stages of life.

For this we can use a system similar to the previous one and adopt or walk with a dog that has already taken the walk in the street as a natural act. It is beneficial to use another pet to help you relax and understand the guidelines of the street walk. Dogs are social animals that live within a pack, so it is not surprising that they use each other as an example, dogs can learn even as adults.

To prevent him from stopping if he does not want to walk, it is essential to teach him to walk again little by little, remodeling his behavior on the street. We recommend that you use calm and relaxed environments, that you make yourself with treats and prizes and that you will be guided calmly through the street. Do not quarrel or punish him, in this way you will only make the situation worse.

Stress or Fear

Those dogs that do not fulfill the 5 freedoms of animal welfare are susceptible to stress. There is also the case of dogs with fear, usually when they are abandoned to their fate, bitten by other dogs or run over by a bicycle.

In these cases it is necessary a therapy by the ethologist specialist since it is not a simple problem of lack of learning, your dog suffers and has a bad time during the walk. Before going to the professional it is essential that you repair the factors that make your dog suffer fear or stress, keep in mind that the more you know, the better you can help him. These can be several and will depend on the dog and its history.

You can try to soften the situation by walking through quieter environments, taking time to exercise with your pet and making yourself with treats and prizes to offer.

Pain and disease

There are health problems in the dog that, thanks to clear symptoms, we can easily identify: fever, a tumor, blood. But on the other hand there are ailments that go unnoticed and we do not realize until after a while.

It is important that we dedicate at least half an hour to periodically check our pet. This review includes palpating the entire body to find tumors, check ears and eyes for an infection, make sure the dog has no fever, check foot pads to make sure they are not bad etc.

If we do the aforementioned with some regularity we can anticipate a serious illness and in this case, for example, identify worn pads, a broken nail or a slight fracture.

An old dog

Elderly dogs are pets with very special and very particular needs. If your dog is starting in old age, it is possible that start suffering from senile dementia or usual age problems:

  • Tumors
  • Deafness
  • Blindness
  • Anemia
  • Heaviness
  • Dehydration
  • Obesity
  • Muscle pain
  • Apathy

It is important go to the vet more regularly than in the case of adult dogs (at least every 6 months) and with the same frequency carry out a blood test to rule out a possible anemia. Once the veterinarian identifies the particular case is when the owner manages to understand why his dog, which always walked well, now stands in the street or goes back: it is about the age, the dog gets older.

To walk better with an elderly dog, remember to adapt to his pace and never take walks longer than 30 minutes. Try to always repeat the same sites to avoid being disoriented and pay attention that it does not collide with any object and even monitor it in the pee-can (if you leave it loose you may forget to return). Finally we recommend that you never pull or push it, that can only cause discomfort.

A right ride

In many Internet portals we can find a typology of very generalized phrases such as: "Do not let the dog take you, you have to take it to him" "It is a very dominant dog" or "make him walk next to your side ".

Well, in my opinion all these statements are from people who don't know the positive training, the dog needs and the basic tips for a good ride. It is important to spend time and inform you about how many times you have to walk a dog a day and what are the minimum requirements for our pet to feel comfortable and stress free.

For a ride to take place correctly, we must let our pet free To sniff and urinate in a relaxed way, it is important to reward tranquility. We must also act if we know that our dog has high levels of energy, exercising regularly with the dog.

We will not give him pulls or push him if he does not behave properly, it is preferable to make you with goodies to encourage him to move forward, pay attention to you etc. Go to pipi-cans with the precautions you consider so that your dog interacts with others.


Finally we will talk about the last reason why maybe your dog does not want to walk on the street, your dog is easily distracted. It may be due to eye contact with other dogs, people that attract attention, food stalls etc.

As we have commented on several occasions in Animal Expert, it is important to leave our dog some freedom on the walk. If you need to relate, what is wrong with it? Remember that the dog spends time alone, he cannot meet his "friends" when he feels like it, he can only do so during the walk. For this reason it is important to be permissive and understand that the walk is a special moment in which the dog is the protagonist. Let him get distracted if he wishes, do not push or pull him, it is preferable to call his attention with small pieces of frankfurt or pet treats.

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Is tired

Especially if you are a puppy, the most normal thing is that you have stopped walking because you are tired. In these cases the best thing to do is turn around and go home. If the dog is small in size, the ideal is to carry it in your arms, but if it is medium or large, you can be encouraged to take a few last steps with dog treats and with words like "let's go boy", "come on let's go" , "Let's go home" said in a cheerful tone.

He is afraid of street noise

This is very common if you have not socialized well when you were a puppy. What he will do is try to tell you, however, that he is afraid of the sound of cars and / or motorcycles. Normally what he will do is moan as if he wanted to cry, jump on you, and Be very nervous and restless.

In this situation, we will turn around and the next day we will begin to accustom it to the sounds. Gradually, without hurry. To do this, we will have to carry with us a bag with prizes that you love: sausages, treats for dogs that have a lot of smell (such as bacon), or any other type of food that we know you like. What we will do with them will be the following: Every time we see a car or a motorcycle approaching, we will show you some goodies to the dog, and just when the vehicle approaches, we will give them to you. So you will soon understand that, even if cars pass, nothing will happen.

It takes time, but you'll see how little by little you see results.

He is afraid of the ride

Yes, even if it seems a lie a dog can feel real fear of the walk. These animals are those that have not been properly educated, that is, respecting them, and that they probably had a traumatic situation either with the leash, at the door of the house, or by walking.

It's easy to know if you're afraid of any of those things: you just have to approach them and see their reaction. If he gets very nervous, you will have to try to get him to associate all of this with something positive, always with dog sweets in hand, and always respecting the animal in front of you.

In case of doubts, I advise you to ask for help from a canine trainer who works positively.

Feel pain

If you have pain in any of your legs or in another part of your body, you will not want to walk either. If you see that it goes a little lame, examine his leg since sometimes you can stick herbs skewers in their pads. Of course, if it is hard for you to walk, it is most likely that you have taken a hit, so it does not hurt to pay a visit to the veterinarian.

We hope that with these tips your dog will want to walk again soon 🙂.

Usually, the dog walk is about a particularly desired time, as well as related to a physiological need.

But if the dog does not want to walk or leave the house and it is quite difficult to take him for a walk, then what can we do?

Has it already happened to you? The problem is more frequent than it seems. We affirm that in most cases it is nothing serious, but we fully understand that it can be a problem that disorients us or we think that we cannot do anything. And what happens if the dog does not want to walk? Do not be alarmed and we will try to understand together what are the most frequent causes of this behavior and how to try to improve and / or resolve the situation.

The dog does not want to walk: what to do?

In some cases, your four-legged friend may even refuse to leave the house and not want to go for a walk. This is a different case that we will not discuss in this article, even more serious, since the dog must have developed a feeling of anxiety or fear outside the house.

Let us start from a different assumption, that we have been able to go for a walk with our friend: what problems can occur in the street, so that the dog does not want to walk?

Let's start with the puppies.

In this case, there is very little to be alarmed because it is normal for a kid who is still inexperienced to be intimidated in front of the "world," even if it is only the driveway of the house.

It is good to accustom the dog from an early age to handle "outdoor" situations, therefore, relegating it too much to the house for fear that the puppy is afraid can become a double-edged sword.

In summary, the puppy must learn to socialize with the environment of the path that he runs and also with other dogs, as well as get used to the presence of human beings that are not his master or his family. Therefore, encourage it, but obviously without exaggeration, otherwise you run the risk of unnecessarily traumatizing it.

But if this behavior has an adult dog?

If the dog has not had a good impression from the point of view of education with the outside world, he runs the risk of dragging his "social" problems, even as an adult.

In this case, you will have to be very patient and maybe find a companion for games, adventures and ... for a walk. So maybe the latter can encourage him to live better the walk through the neighborhood. This last option can also be useful for puppies!

We reach the oldest dogs.

Older dogs tend to become lazy, but not alone. In addition to gait problems related to muscle ailments, dogs could suffer from senile dementia and, therefore, could not understand or do things that were normal before.

In this sense, we recommend, on the one hand, not to make long walks, and on the other hand, repeat the same itinerary, if possible, every day to avoid disorienting it.

Because the dog does not want to walk.

Sometimes it can happen that the dog is simply distracted by some situations that occur around him and "forget" to walk. It is often because of eye contact with other dogs, other times because perhaps you have identified a smell of food that you want to "monitor." In general, try to give him some freedom to understand where he wants to go.

But it may also be that your dog is afraid of being stressed or anxious. This is a macro-category that includes a bit ‘all the inconveniences mentioned above. In these cases, there may have been real trauma, which the dog must overcome or at least forget.

Why does the dog not want to walk on a leash?

What to do if you dog does not want to walk on a leash? This is an absolutely necessary element, as well as mandatory. However, it may happen that particularly lively dogs live it as an imposition and refuse to walk with a strap around the neck. You have to get used to it, perhaps showing the example of other dogs.

In general, we invite you to be patient and "reward" your four-legged friend with "edible" prizes when you see that there are steps forward. Remember that, like everyone else, even dogs have a need, both physical and psychological, to enjoy a pleasant walk outdoors.

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