The title of this post, for most of you, conjures a picture of your dog dragging you down the sidewalk. However, for a few people, this title conjures another picture – one of you having to drag your dog to go anywhere.
With so many dogs not getting walked often enough, it’s sad to see people who want to walk every day. . . but their dogs won’t budge. Instead of forging ahead, it’s like trying to take a ton of bricks for a walk.
If this is you, take a look at whether this is something new or on ongoing issue. If it’s new, what caused the change? Is it too hot? Is your dog not feeling well? Is your dog injured? Did he have a scary experience on your usual route? Try to determine first if there is a legitimate reason your dog is not comfortable walking. If there is, help him past that hurdle before getting out walking again.
If it’s an ongoing issue, you might try going for a shorter walk for now. You might need to build up some endurance. We think our dogs have endless energy – understandably so! Just as some people are better sprinters and some are better distance runners, so are dogs. Some do better with shorter bursts of energy but not long walks or hikes. They need to build endurance just as we do.
Figure out what your dog wants and then see if you can find a happy compromise for both of you.