There are many reasons that your dog may refuse to walk any further. This blog assumes that there are no physical impairments so we can address the most common issues related to this situation, with one exception – it’s possible that her harness may be uncomfortable – you may want to switch to a collar to see if this really is her impediment to walking. This blog assumes that your dog refuses to walk too far away from her home base.
Despite ruling out the above, there are still many, many reasons your pup may be refusing to walk. If your pup is young, it is most likely due to the brave new world she is
facing when outside the door. Usually, if you have high value treats and take it literally step by step, you can make quick progress moving her along away from home base. It’s important to use lots of praise and treat her only when she moves in the right direction. As time passes, she will get braver and braver and you will be walking down the street in time. Once on the street, there will be lots of noises – it’s important to reward her for each noise that apparently spooks her, like trucks, buses, cars, skateboards, and bicycles
Usually, the reasons your dog refuses to walk is either she was a rescue and had a traumatic outdoor event happen in the past, or she is spooked by something in the area, or she is plain uncomfortable with her new surroundings. In any event, here are the things to try, in no particular order: