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Old 02-08-2018, 08:30 AM
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My dog refuses to go on a walk

I adopted my dog about 9 month ago. He is a pitbull mix and he is 2 years old.
When I first brought him he was very afraid of everything and used to hide under tables a lot, but as time passed he became more confident around my family and in the house.
In the last 4 months or so I've noticed a strange behavior. Whenever we go on a walk he instantly wants to go home after he pees. We take 3 steps outside and he immediately turns back to the front door. Not only that, but if we don't go home he pulls so hard that it's pretty difficult to resist him. When I try to assertively resist he fights really hard and tries to get out of the leash (which he can't), and eventually has hard time breathing.
I tried a lot of different things.
I took some sausage with me and tried to give it to him as a treat for walking and not pulling back home. He didn't care much (though he really loves this treat).
I tried walking a little bit at a time, increasing the distance each time by a little, but it didn't work.
I ALWAYS try to be as calm and as assertive as possible so he can feel that I'm not tense and hope my energy can influence him, but every time we go outside he is just so afraid and so nervous.
I am really hopeless. He used to love going on walks and I used to take him on really long walks at least twice a day. We used to run together and explore new routes, but now it's like something changed in him.

I hope someone here can help me with this problem.
Thank you.
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Old 02-08-2018, 08:40 AM
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Hi Irit. I had the same issue when I rehomed a five year old Cairn last year. I think in her case it was two things; firstly she was in shock and took time to settle in. She seemed fine but now I see her jumping with joy at things and realise that she was subdued at first and probably scared stiff. Even now she won't walk when I take her to new places, just likes the same familiar park. The second problem was that she wasn't accustomed to a leash and so now I drive to the park ( so I don't have to carry her) and she now skips along happily as long as she is off leash. On a leash I tried the same things as you with treats but we never got more than 100 m.
This probably doesn't help you much, unless your dog is having a delayed reaction to the change. Perhaps he has been triggered by a memory? Are you sure that he is physically well and it's not a health issue? Probably a vet is the best first option.

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