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Why doesn’t my shih tzu want to walk?

You just went out with your dog, enjoying a walk, and then SCREEC!… 3 blocks from your house, they stop and refuse to take another step. Why? Why did this happened? Here are ten possibilities

  1. Young dogs have an instinct to stay close to home. It’s a genetic safety measure that prevents puppies from wandering (much like the tracking instinct they have at this age). As they become more mature and independent, they are more willing to go further from their home base. A young dog may not yet understand walking on a leash. (That instinct to stay close seems to disappear overnight! Which is why letting dogs off leash is dangerous until a recall is very strong.)
  2. Fearful, stressed or anxious dogs may stop to avoid things that scare them.
  3. Your dog may brake because he knows that the walk will end soon.
  4. It can be your walking/training strategy. Often, anchoring on walks is a consequence of our response to the dog’s attention-seeking behavior. Luring, bribing, begging, or bargaining with the dog creates a cycle that is difficult to break. If you don’t want to teach your dog to stop halfway for a treat, what do you do when your dog brakes?
  5. There could be a comfort issue or health issue that is causing your dog to stop walking, such as:
    1. Sore hips, back, and muscles cause pain, and this can make your dog stop walking. Consult your vet if you suspect this.
    2. Growing pains. This is most likely if you have a large, young, and fast-growing breed dog.
    3. Some dogs will stop because the harness used to walk them is uncomfortable, does not fit properly, or has chafing under the arms. See if your dog stops less when he wears a collar vs. to hook.
    4. Physical discomfort. Dogs who are too hot, too cold, who have an injured nail or a burned paw pad from hot asphalt or snow and ice will stop on walks.
  6. Did you know that animals are superstitious? Does your dog stop in the same place every time? It could be a place where something wonderful happened, like finding a half-eaten cookie on the floor. It could happen again.
  7. It could also be something as simple as wanting to smell the bush that all the dogs in the neighborhood have urinated on. Or squirrels hang out nearby.
  8. Some dogs just don’t feel like walking. I’m looking at you, bulldogs.
  9. Excess exercise. Maybe your dog is just tired of dogs.
  10. Your dog wants to greet another dog or person and will not move until allowed to. It’s part of his mayoral campaign.

How to stop dragging your dog on the leash

You’ve now learned some tips and tactics you can use to get your dog walking again.

Most dogs stop during walks all the time because they want to smell everything.


Shih Tzu are small breeds of dogs that are easily startled by loud sounds or the sight of larger objects or larger pets.

When you are walking with your Shih Tzu, and suddenly he stops walking, perhaps something on the road scares him, and the expression of sadness on his face is that he begs you not to force him to go that way .


Many Shih Tzus stop walking or refuse to walk simply because they no longer want to. They may need a reason to keep walking.

Offer treats when the dog walks correctly to motivate him to keep moving.

Incorrect collar, leash or harness

If your Shih Tzu’s collar, harness or leash is too tight or restricts his mobility, it can be quite uncomfortable for him.

The wrong walking accessories can not only make your Shih Tzu reluctant to walk, but will also cause skin irritation, causing your Shih Tzu to whine.