Why won't my dog go for a walk?
June 30, 2010 7:37 PM Subscribe
What kind of border collie doesn't want a walk?
posted by MarvinTheCat to Pets & Animals (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My dearest Hive Mind,
Indeed who would think a border collie would not want to go out for a brisk walk any chance she gets. For some inexplicable reason mine no longer wants to. I'm speaking to my vet and a behaviorist as well, but I can't pass up this resource. I was thinking TKCHRIST might have some insight especially.
My border collie Eleanor is five years old. We've been living on the near North side of Chicago for a year now. Her prior four years were pretty charmed: we lived in Missouri near all sorts of wild parks and hiking trails, and she went to work with me every day. This dog spent her first four years, at least after she grew out of uber-puppiness, with me 24/7.
Moving back to Chicago wasn't bad at first. She liked to go for walks and I have a dog park about three blocks away. Plus I was working from home, so more 24/7 exposure. On the weekends we go to the beach and play in the lake. She's always been a bit skittish about certain noises: thunder, loud motorcycles, fireworks, the sound of a gun, even loud hammering. She'd been pretty good in the city but this summer it's gotten worse. She doesn't want to walk. If I can get her out the door she lays on the sidewalk until I take her back inside. She'll go in the back yard, but she doesn't even really want to be at the dog park for more than about five minutes. She still loves the beach though.
What's weird is that she'll walk with others. If my upstairs neighbor is taking her similarly-sized dog for a walk, the four of us will go. This past Sunday she walked with my girlfriend and I about six blocks to a restaurant, and sat peacefully under my chair for an hour while we had breakfast. She loved the petting from people walking past and meeting the other dogs that came by. The same that evening, we were sitting outside of a pub and she was similarly relaxed, and calmly interested and greatful to anyone who gave her attention. Through no accomplishment of mine she's a really striking dog, and she gets a lot of attention from strangers, which she loves.
If I visit my parents in the suburbs she'll walk all over the place, even in town, and play in the woods behind their house. I took her to Nebraska a few weeks ago and she had no problems there. It's simply my neighborhood, or is it? It's not particularly loud. There are lots of couples and babies and dogs out all the time and she likes that. But the streets aren't loud and busy, there's not a lot of construction or car alarms or other disturbances.
I'm thinking it might be a separation issue. I've been working since April out in the suburbs. My commute is pretty long, in addition to the days. A few times a week I take her to a doggie daycare out near work so she has the car ride with me and then attention there. As far as I can tell she enjoys it, she jumps out of the car and goes to the door, and then careens for all her handlers inside. I don't think that's a problem.
Well if anyone has any thoughts I'd love to hear them. Thanks, and be well MeFites.