My Dog Becomes a Statue on His Walks....Help
Just like the title says, he's very excited to go for the walk, but at certain points at his walk, whether he is 30%, 50%, 75% completed, he stops. He's a greyhound so I understand that he is not accustomed to taking walks, he's more accustomed to being brought from point A to point B. We asked an animal behaviourist for suggestions that is very familiar with greyhounds and he suggested "Because he's still new to this (we had him only since July) just wait for him to become familiar with his surroundings so stop with him, reassure him that it's ok, and then when he's comfortable he will continue on - so your walks will be 10 mins longer." Well, this tactic doesn't work either. He does it to my boyfriend more often than he does it to me, but it's really becoming a hindrance. We end up dragging and coaxing him home with his harness (it would just be too much of a pull on his collar).
Does anyone have any suggestions to encourage his walking? I take him on different routes, he has no problem walking, but just gives up I think when he realizes it's the route home. There is nothing bad that has happened to him at these points of stopping, he isn't afraid...I just have no idea what to do. Needless to say for now, he'll be relegated to running in the backyard, which he absolutely loves to do. If this is the case, do I really need to take him for walks then? Is that the solution entirely?? Thanks for your input.