Exercise is a very important aspect of healthcare, for both humans and dogs. It keeps the body strong and active and keeps excess weight off.
But what happens when a pup is simply too lazy to do any exercise and doesn’t want to go for walks with you?
It’s important, first, to ascertain that there is no medical reason behind this. If your pup used to love or at least tolerate exercise but now completely refuses, it could be a sign of heart issues or joint pain. This is why it’s a good idea to talk to a vet before starting a serious exercise plan!
Let’s say that there’s no medical reason and your pup is just lazy. You have to remember that pups don’t know that exercise is important for both health and bonding time. It’s just another random activity to them! So train your pup to like exercise. Walk for a very small distance, like just to the front gate or mailbox, then reward him with a pet or a treat. Every day, gradually increase the walk time.
It’s also important to keep in mind that you have to let your pup associate the leash with pleasant times. Don’t drag him with it and use treats and rewards to coax him to walk a little bit more. If he doesn’t want to move at all, just stay there and reward even the smallest movement in the direction you want to go.
You could also use dinner time as motivation. Bring pieces of food out for an evening walk along with his bowl, reward him every so often, and then at the end goal, give him the whole bowl of his food. Lastly, don’t forget to set a daily schedule for walks so your pup looks forward to them!
It will take a lot of patience, and sometimes it could take a week or more to leave the yard, but don’t give up! Like and share these tips with other pup parents!