Dog refusing to go for walks
My ~7 year old mixed breed (border collie/husky blend, I think) has recently started refusing to come on walks. I think something may have scared him when he was at home alone, as he's still happy to get into the car and go to the beach etc - just not to walk out the front of the house and into the street. (He's always had a bit of a problem with thunder, and things that go bang.) How can I encourage him to regain his confidence? Treats don't work, he's too big to drag (even if I did that sort of thing), trying to play with him in the front yard, or just hanging around with him there, doesn't seem to be getting anywhere either. Thanks
ANSWER: Dog refusing to go for walks
Something has happened all right for the dog to have a reaction like this. Try and retrieve what it could have been, as it will make resolving easier. We need to turn this negative association into a positive. If the front garden is fenced, start with leaving the front door open when at home, so he can explore and experience no negatives. Feed the dog outside the front door, and again leave the bowl for 15 min if he does not immediately come out. All his favourite things happen @ front door - that is where he gets attention & play, so we turn that area in a positive. When walking him in front of the house have a friend/family member walk ahead, so he has an interest to follow. Walk up/down the street. Desensitize dog on noises, using some good CD's. Patience, kindness and consistency are a must and seek the help of good trainer if problem persists.