Ask the AKC Animal Behaviorist - My Dog Refuses to Go On Walks
Q: We have a Lab/Chow mix who we got from the Humane Society when she was 6 years old. She is 9 years old now. We don't know anything about her history before we got her. She is very sweet but extremely stubborn when we attempt to walk her on leash, refusing to move by sitting or pulling back. We can sometimes coax her into it, but other times we need to take her in the car to a field nearby where she usually will walk. We don't think a training class would help because she does not take to other dogs readily. What do you suggest we do to help her enjoy going for a walk?
A: For this interesting case, I may have more questions for you than answers, but I hope they'll help you solve this puzzle. However, I do agree that a training class is probably not the best solution for your pup.