My 3 year old male springer spaniel refuses to walk, why is this?

by Jack Grist
(Portsmouth, United Kingdom)

It's only came around in the last year or so, but for some reason, when it's time for a walk, he will go hide somewhere with one of his toys and become very aggressive, so much so he'll bark non stop until you get a fair distance away from him. It's very frustrating as if you have other things to do but you need to give him a walk. When you finally get him out the house, you could get half way up the street and he will stop and turn around. After this, he will only walk back the way he came, and almost drag me back torwards the house.


This isn't ALWAYS the case, but 80% of the time it is. Sometimes he might get a few blocks away from where we live, then he might stop, turn around, and will only walk back torwards the house. At first I thought it was because he was hot and didn't want to walk any further because he was either thirsty or tired, but then I remembered that he did the same thing when the wheather was cold.

It's the families dog, and I walk him often for my parents when they cannot do it if they are busy with work. If you could reply back with a response i'd be happy to try anything you might suggest. Thank you.

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Oct 15, 2010
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by: Anonymous

My husband normally takes our spaniel for a walk, but I took her one day and she ran into an electrified farm fence. From then on I had to put her lead on to get her to come with me. Only down that particular road though. We have perservered, and she is nearly over it now, some months later. Maybe something scared your dog when he was out with you. I'm sure my dog thinks I zapped her!

Aug 08, 2010
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by: Anonymous

I agree with the other comment too, maybe hes waiting for your parents? Maybe you could try clicker training, click and give a high value reward like a toy or really good treat (i.e chicken) when hes out walking or anytime hes with you. Good luck.

Jul 28, 2010
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by: Estie

Is he waiting for your parents to come along? Cassy will do this sometimes when I'm walking them alone and she knows hubby is back at the house - I can get about 1/2 a block before she stops and won't go any further, so we walk back and pick up hubby!!

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