Doesn't want to walk?

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Registered: 01-26-2005
Doesn't want to walk?
Wed, 10-02-2013 - 8:44am

We once had a puppy who would flip out at the word walk, and happily walk as far as her humans decided we were going that day.  In the past few weeks, our 1.5 year old Pit mix, Fiona, hasn't been acting the same when it coms to walks.  Whenever I get her ready to go, she simply stops whenever we leave the driveway, and stares longingly back at the house.  Sometimes I can get her to walk a block or two before the stopping.  When my husband takes her for walks, she does the same thing.  When we're both home, we take her for walks together.  She does great!   She's her old cheerful self about it.  Unfortunately, schedules don't always allow for us to take her together.  

I know that physicaly she's perfectly fine.  First of all, the fact that she walks great when it's both of us.  Also, she sprints around the yard like her crazy self when she needs to bark at a truck or something.  It just seems like an anxiety issue.  It would almost make more sense if she were doing it when I took her and my husband was still at home.  But even when he's not home, she still doesn't want to leave the house without him (or me if my husband is walking her).

Anyone have an experience with this or have any suggestions how to get her over it?  We used to jog together everyday too, and she definitely has no interest in doing that anymore even though the weather has been super nice.

Thanks in advance!  

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Registered: 09-11-2013
Wed, 10-02-2013 - 9:32am
Dogs are like people - they get excited, depressed, sick, etc and don't like change. My little guy loves his walks and is trained to do his business on potty training pads, when I am not home (he's only 10 pounds and is an indoor dog). Whenever there is a change in routine, he gets a little moody - such as when someone stays over for a few days and he doesn't get his regular walks. When change occurs, he tells me he is not happy by not going #2 on the pad. At first, I thought he had an accident but when it happened again and then again, I figured it out. He is a really good dog and obviously very smart to be able to communicate his being unhappy. So with all that being said, has the routine changed at home? Is he still getting the same amount of attention?
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Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 10-02-2013 - 11:58am

ITA with never know what's going to set off a change in a dog.  Has there been any changes at all...especially with your DH?

That being said....many years ago we had two dogs - a shepherd/collie ^Jebu^ and a retriever/mix ^Maxwell^.  DH would walk both dogs every evening, just to give them a change of pace from playing in the yard.  One evening Maxwell wanted to cut the walk short....and his walk got shorter and shorter until he wouldn't leave our driveway.  DH finally just started taking Jebu for walks since Maxwell refused to leave the house.  We could never figure out what the problem was....Maxwell was fine in every other respect.

The only thing I might suggest ismaking the walk a "big deal" for Fiona....try to get her excited aboiut walking...maybe take a couple of treats with you.

Good luck and please be sure to keep us updated.

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Registered: 01-26-2005
Wed, 10-02-2013 - 7:13pm

Thanks for the reply, ladies.  

I guess as far as things changing, DH has been working more everyday then he has been.  I was working everyday and he was working two or three days a week.  Now we've kind of switched.  I suppose that could be what's bothering her.  

I try really hard to make a big deal out of it.  I do bring treats (well, pieces of her kibble) anyway.  She's kind of a puller, but has gotten way way better since I started giving her treats every time she wasn't pulling.  

Hopefully she'll adjust to the new schedule, and start getting excited about walks again.  It's lonely jogging without her!  I also think that jogging is great for her.  The vet always marvels about what a perfect weight she is.  I'm sure that's because of all of the excersize that she's currently refusing to get.  Oh well, at least she still runs around the yard.  Thanks again for the advice.  Keep it coming if you've got any more. :)

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Registered: 07-27-2000
Wed, 11-13-2013 - 2:22am

One of our dogs, Jake, is insane for walks.  Say the word "walk" and he starts leaping all over the place, and he just loves the walk and the time with my husband.  Our other dog, Jessie, just does not enjoy going on the walks at all - I've learned when she shows excitement when my husband gets out both leashes is Jessie thinks she's going for a ride in the car, so she gets all excited, too.  So we let the two do what they want, Jake goes for those long walks and Jess stays at home with me, where she wants to be.