My dog won't walk with anyone but me

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Has anyone else experienced this? What did you do to solve it? DH is lovely to the dog but he will get so far and dig his paws in. He's a staffy X and a rescue. I had him when he was 6 and a half months old, at first he would walk with DH then all of a sudden he stopped. Unless I'm with him he won't budge.

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He's almost 4 now

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Alwaysdrama Sun 09-Dec-18 21:02:43

How recently did he start refusing to walk when your DH takes him? Is it only you or DH who ever walk him? No chance DH was a bit mean?

Anyway how about DH goes walking with a big bag of dog treats and passes one down every few minutes for the next few walks to try and get doggie back onside? Or thwack doggie together but DH holds the lead and has the treats and you start to hang back a few yards?

Hi thanks for replying, he started this on and off about a year ago. I know he definitely wasn't mean to him as DH hates hurting or being mean to anything bugs animals anything. I always do the walking and don't mind but sometimes wish he would be able to do it sometimes. He wouldn't walk with a dog walker very far either. Just far enough to have a wee and pooh then straight back. Hes the same with my mum when we occasionally go away and have her to dog sit. Just worried he's a bit weird.

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Definitely do the dog treat thing that's a fab idea can't believe I didn't think of it myself

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Adorelabradors Sun 09-Dec-18 21:29:09

I have the same problem with my oldest dog. If someone else takes the lead and I’m on the walk he will refuse to walk until I catch up. If I am ahead he will pull and run until he catches up. If he is taken out on his own he is fine but if I happen to be going out behind my daughter to put something in the bin he lies on the pavement and refuses to budge when he sees me going back into the house. I had been out all day and met my daughter in the street walking the dog. I stopped the car to say hello before driving off. I could see him in my rear view mirror refusing to budge in the opposite direction. He ran home to the house with my daughter who was out of breath when they reached the door. This dog is 7 years old and he has been like that for as long as I can remember. I’m definitely his master. My husband has never really liked dogs but is never bad to them. He is really affectionate but doesn’t get involved in day to day care apart from giving them a pat and a couple of treats. Btw this causes some amusement to us all but if he is told to get on with the walk when I’m not there he is reluctant at first but soon gets on with it if walker is enthusiastic gives lots of praise and treats.

Adorable lab sounds so like Buddy lols well I'm glad I'm not the only one and he's not weird. Just come back from walk now with him after refusing to go with husband. Little sod lols

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Beamur Sun 09-Dec-18 22:39:24

My current dog is a bit like this, but will walk with other people, but looks sadly over her shoulder at me as she walks away. If DH and I walk her together I have to hold the lead or she just tries to walk alongside me anyway.
Our previous dog would point blank refuse to walk with some people though, fine with DH, me and DSS, ok with my Mum, reluctant with PIL but refused DSD and nice neighbour who offered to walk her while we were out one day. Slammed brakes on at end of our drive and refused to go any further.
I'd try treats to encourage your dog OP.

Falli Sun 09-Dec-18 23:12:52

Urgh my partners dog is like this and wont walk with me. 4 years in we have made some progress but he is still a petulant child sometimes

Its so hard because im better set up to walk him but some days still he just wont do it. He isnt interested in eating when out so treats were a no go.

We found he is better on unfamilar walks eg if i take him out in the car rather than just on local walks.

He walks better when i walk another dog with him.

I tried doing bonding activities eg agility but that was too much so i stripped it right back. I do lots of calming thoughts on walks and try not to do any dragging or harshness.

I love him dearly, despite the many frustrating walks (especially when others comment, or you've gone to some lovely place and hes just laying refusing to move). He is much better know and i recon by the time he is ten ill of cracked it!

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