It has taken me a while to learn this, but as someone who works from home, I need my dog to go for a walk so that she doesn’t chew on my shoes or destroy the house. My Shiba Inu doesn’t want to walk and it’s not long before she starts whimpering and then stops altogether.
There are many things you can do if your dog starts to whine or refuses to move when you take them for a walk. Some people swear by giving them treats and others by using a collar called a prong collar. We don’t like prong collars and don’t endorse the use of them. They are banned in some countries and we feel that they are unreliable and cruel.
Instead, we encourage you to read our article about training your shiba inu to walk nicely on a leash. Your dog could be a puller or worse, but with the right techniques you can change her behaviour so that she walks nicely by your side. Please do not use choke chains, prong collars or e-collars with your dog. These types of collars stress out your dog and are not necessary to teach good leash walking.
So what do I do when my Shiba Inu just stops you might ask, and we know the answer. You call her to you. Here is how you go about doing that:
- Get your dog’s attention by saying ‘come’ or ‘here girl’.
- When she comes to you, give her a treat.
- Repeat this several times until she starts to associate good things happening when she walks towards you. If you automate this process it will become a habit and she will begin to think walking towards you is a good idea because treats are often involved on the way there.
If a treat doesn’t work, try a toy . Dogs love toys and it might just keep her entertained enough while you walk her.
Do not give up on your dog if she stops walking. You are doing this for a reason after all, and if you can’t get your dog to walk with you, then it’s unlikely that anyone else will be able to either.
It’s also important in this situation not to use so much treats, or use very small portion so that your dog doesn’t get fat and sick.
If anything above doesn’t work, try to pick up your dog and let them down after a while, see if the new environment makes them more interested in walking.
Fun things to do on a walk with your dog:
- Go around the block and take in everything your neighborhood has to offer.
- Stop at every tree, post, and fire hydrant, smell all of them. – get a ball out of one pocket and throw it into another pocket.
- Toss the ball up in the air while you’re walking so that your dog can chase after it.
- Go to the park and don’t bring any toys.
- Let your dog run off-leash and watch them have fun.
- Walk into the woods by your house. The scent is a lot stronger in forests, so it can be interesting for some dogs to sniff around and look for things.
- Play hide and seek with your dog, you hide behind a tree or something like that while your dog looks for you, then you run off and your dog has to find you again.
- If you have a dog park around you, then your dog can play with all the other local dogs on the walk.
- Let your dog run around in a field and do their business while you admire their poo! 😉
- Come home and let her sniff everything!
- Play tug of war with your dog, while holding the rope firmly In one hand, give it a few shakes every once in a while to keep the game interesting.
Ask your dog to stay where they are while you take a few steps back. Immediately give them a treat. This should teach them that when you tell them to stay, they’ll get something nice for doing so!
Why Dogs Love The Forest
A dog’s affinity for the forest may be due to a number of factors. One is that canines are descendants of wolves who would’ve naturally been attracted to forests for their game. Another is some experts believe that dogs might like the forest because it mimics their natural habitat where they used to roam in small packs. In the wild, they would need to forage for food and dependably keep up with their pack as well as provide protection for it, so that they could hunt and survive. The forest would be a good place for them to do so. Nevertheless, there are likewise different reasons why dogs might not like to go into the woods. One is that they may have not been taken out to walk in them much. As a result, they have no idea what to do when they’re in nature and can be quite uncomfortable with it. You can also find if you take your dog regularly, it will grow accustomed to being outdoors and might prefer it as opposed to being indoors.
If your dog doesn’t want to walk in the forest, it might be for a few reasons. One is that he’s not completely comfortable being outdoors. Another is you are taking him during times when he wouldn’t want to go out like when the sun is too hot or it’s raining. As a result, instead of wanting to go with you, your dog would rather stay inside where he’ll either take a nap or explore around the house. You can encourage your dog to want to be outdoors by doing various things. One way would be to take him regularly for walks. If he is accustomed to being outdoors, he’s more likely to want to go out and even walk with you. You can also try taking him for walks during the early morning or evening when it’s cooler. This will help him get used to going outside and enjoying the great outdoors. Your dog may not want to walk because he is already tired out from a long day and doesn’t have enough energy left in him when it’s time for him to go on a walk.
Is This Behavior Bad?
Shibas can develop this behavior in a variety of ways. In some cases it’s because they’ve been mistreated as puppies or young dogs or because they were treated poorly when they were smaller than the owner wants them to be. In other cases because they are just getting older and they don’t feel like going for a walk. And in some cases no reason seems to explain it.
Shibas will often use their refusal to walk as a means of communicating with their owners, an expression of their unhappiness. They’ll refuse to go on walks and just sit by your feet and whine until you choose to take them out again. If you’re not going to force them to go on a walk, they’ll sit and wait until you do, and then beg to be left alone.
A Shiba can develop this kind of behavior for many reasons. One is that it’s part of the vast character spectrum that makes up every living creature. There are animals like that – like my shiba inu – who need things very different from the ones people expect them to need.
The other reason is a kind of communication on the shiba’s part. The shiba seems to be begging their owner to take them out because they don’t like being home and want to go out but the owner doesn’t want to be bothered with their company. And it’s not a matter of wanting attention from the owner, because a shiba won’t care if its owner is watching TV or doing something else when it starts this behavior. The shiba just wants to go out and their owner either doesn’t want to take them or can’t be bothered.
I’ve tried everything I can think of to make my shiba want to walk. She doesn’t like treats, so I’ve tried that. She loves her dog food so I thought she’d go for that but it didn’t work. She was trained properly and is fed regularly so the only thing left is the possibility that she wants something different from me, something I can’t give her.