Examine Your Dog For Signs Of Injury
As stated earlier, refusal to move can be an indicator that your pooch is in pain. And immediately you notice that your dog has stopped walking and won’t move, you should examine its body for physical signs of injury.
If you notice signs of injury in your Fido, you should immediately try to calm it down and take it for the appropriate treatment.
A Visit To The Vet May Be Necessary
It may be difficult to diagnose dogs suffering in pain from medical conditions by mere physical scrutiny. And in such cases, you must take your doggie to your veterinary doctor for a thorough examination and diagnostic tests.
Once the necessary tests have been run, and the cause of your pooch’s pain identified, your vet can then proceed to recommend the appropriate form of treatment and medication to get your furry friend walking again.
Identify And Eliminate Fear Triggers
If a medical condition or physical injury has been ruled out as the cause of your dog’s refusal to move, you can try to determine fear triggers that may cause your pooch to freeze and stop walking. These triggers vary and they may include an intimidating human presence, another dog, physical barriers, or even the garbage can in the corner!
Understandably, this process may take a significant amount of time due to the limitless number of objects and scenarios that can induce fear in your pooch. But once you’re able to successfully discover and find solutions to fear triggers in your pooch, you can enjoy long, exciting walks with your furry friend.
For dogs that haven’t been properly introduced to the leash, you can start by properly training your dog to walk on leashes as a means of combating refusal to walk.
Start by gradually introducing your pooch to the collar, and allow it to wear around the house for short periods. You should also practice walking your pooch on a leash around the house. And it’ll help to associate the wearing of the leash collar with treats and gifts for your doggie.
Once your furry friend seems comfortable enough walking on a leash indoors, you can take the giant step and try walking your pooch outdoors. It is imperative that you keep the first walks brief and limited to relatively quiet areas to enable your doggie to get familiar with the intricacies of the outside world.