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Dogs are adorable little fur balls. They’re lovable and loyal. They come with so many perks and they’re totally worth any trouble that you’ll go through for them. Sometimes, these adorable little creatures of ours are frightened of the great outdoors. Since we associate dogs with having lots of energy, being mischievously playful, and inherently curious, we might find this hard to believe. But there are some pooches that are simply terrified of going outside.
Your responsibility is to try and dig deeper into this irrational fear to understand where it might be coming from. Once you understand it, you can work with him to give him the proper training necessary to alleviate that fear, and make the outdoors a place that’s both enjoyable, as well as pleasurable for the both of you.
How can you recognize your dog’s fear of the outdoors?
There are different ways in which your dog’s fear can manifest. He might refuse to go outside altogether, or it might be more subtle than that. He might pull hard on his lash to try and get back to him comfort zone. He might also be more covert about it by crouching close to the ground or even keeping his head bowed during his daily walks. He might also be keeping his tail tucked, tremble and yawn excessively, and pant even when he hasn’t started doing any kinds of strenuous physical activity.
Instead of punishing them for their behavior, try and understand where it’s rooted and get help to train him to be less vary of the outdoors. With patience and training, your dog will come to appreciate what the outside world has to offer.
What are his reasons?
- Previous negative outdoor experiences.
Maybe your dog has had a scary experience while he was walking outside.it could be something as minor as being getting startled by a garbage truck. Once he’s outside, all he’ll remember is that negative experience with the garbage truck. When something traumatizing happens to you, your mind connects the traumatizing event with the place it happened in.
- He’s just not used to the great outdoors and that scares him.
When he’s just a new pup, he’s still transitioning into his new environments. All your pup is thinking, is about the potential dangers that could be lurking behind every corner. And the added discomfort of a collar and leash doesn’t help either.
- He might be in pain.
There’s a good chance that dogs that refuse to go outside or on walks are in pain. Dogs can’t vocalize their emotions so it’s our responsibility to notice these things and take necessary actions. If your dog has other pain related symptoms, you should take him to the vet immediately.