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Physical exercise is a bare essential for any animal. While animals in the wild don’t require special exercise routines, pets must be routinely exercised to keep them healthy. One of the best forms of exercise is walking. Walking ensures that the blood flow remains stable and the muscles remain toned. However, many dogs don’t enjoy going for walks. If your dog is one of them there are some things you need to know about your dog’s behavior.
It is likely that your dog experienced something unpleasant during preparation for a walk or during the walk itself. It could be the neighborhood or the weather or some other problem. Maybe a new dog in the neighborhood has sacred him/her. It is up to you to find out the reason. Dogs are animals who usually love running around. However, bad experience can negatively impact their psyche to the point that they avoid doing that particular activity completely.
You are disinterested
Dogs are highly receptive animals and they often reflect the mood of their owners. If you don’t enjoy walking, then your dog won’t either. Maybe you enjoy running more than walking and your dog will show the same behavior. It is very important that you enjoy your walks and show interest in taking them if you want your dog to walk.
Your dog hates leash
Some dogs are feisty animals and don’t like being put on a leash. You know it’s the best thing to do when you go out in public places but your dog may not understand that. The first thing that you should do is give leash training. If you can’t do that, then take him/her to a training session where they will teach you how to do it.
Maybe your dog is simply suffering from physical ailments due to which he/she is in no mood to go out for a walk. Try to find identify any cuts or bruises that might be present on your dog’s body. If you don’t find any, take him/her to a vet and get a check-up done. Sometimes, the problems might be internal too.
Walking is the best form of exercise for dogs and every owner must ensure that their dog gets their daily dose of walking. However, if your dog refuses to walk then try to identify the problem first before looking for a solution. Your dog might be afraid of walking due to a bad experience or he/she might not like leash too much. Since dogs are close to their owners, they might reciprocate the same feelings. So, maybe your dog hates walking because you hate walking. Identify the problem and find a solution.