Strap training: when your dog refuses to walk
You go out with your dog for a walk and, suddenly, you stop and refuse to continue walking. Has it ever happened to you? Let's talk about belt training, a technique that can help you enjoy walks with our canine friends.
Why does not my dog walk?
It can become a frustrating situation when your dog refuses to walk. The most usual thing is that we start to pull the strap, and we get more and more nervous. And it is that there are many causes that can cause our dog to stop when we are walking.
Among the most frequent causes are:
- You are in a state of stress or you are afraid.
- You have not learned to walk properly.
- You are easily distracted by the environment.
- You have some kind of pain that prevents walking.
- It is a puppy or an older dog.
Identifying which of these causes prevent our dog from walking is not always easy. Similarly, the solution to some of these problems may require a qualified animal expert.
What is belt training?
On many occasions, it is likely that The problem is the relationship of our dog with the leash. To accept and associate it as an extension of our arm, it is necessary for our dog to become familiar with the leash before starting to walk.
Belt training consists of carrying out different activities aimed at improving the confidence of our animal with the leash. The first step starts at home: Let the dog discover the strap and sniff it. To reinforce, we can hide the leash and reward our dog if it manages to find it.
First of all, it is important not to lose patience. Once the first step is taken, we can start put the leash gradually, and reward him if necessary.
If we have advanced this far, but our dog is still resisting walking, then maybe we have to apply the belt training during the ride. First of all, we should avoid shouting or pulling the strap . You have to be patient and start moving forward on your own. If the dog follows us, we can use positive reinforcement and reward him.
Many of the cases of dogs that do not want to walk have to do with an insufficient education. In these cases, being accompanied by an experienced 'guide dog' gives very good results.
What if he is afraid or sick?
In these situations, it is best to go to an ethologist. This animal expert will guide us and help our canine friend to overcome the fears that paralyze them.
If on the contrary we notice that our If the dog suffers pain when walking or has many years, we should consult more frequently with our trusted veterinarian. We must do everything in our power to make our pets as healthy as possible.