Have you ever seen a dog who hates walking? It’s not hard to believe. Even dogs tend to dislike certain activities. The real problem is whether or not the owner knows how to handle such a problem.
A couple asks for the help of dog expert Victoria Stilwell regarding a stubborn pomeranian called Peanut. Peanut doesn’t hate walking in general. But there’s a certain point away from the house he tends to feel the urge to turn back.
Shelby, the owner, has no idea what to do. However, she does have a theory on why Peanut seems to be scared of walking beyond a point. At one time, during a stroll in the past, noisy garbage trucks terrified Peanut.
Victoria is determined to help Peanut overcome his fear. She offers him a treat in exchange for moving farther down the street. Peanut complies, and Shelby is amazed.
When Shelby was left alone to manage Peanut, she seemed to have hit another roadblock. It also became tedious for her to bend down to offer treats constantly. Victoria paid a visit again and offered another solution.
Victoria made use of a tool called a target stick. It’s an extendable rod with a rounded end. It’s designed to get a dog’s attention. Peanut was quick to learn how it works. When he touched the end of the stick, he gets a treat.
Shelby got the hang of it. However, at some point, Victoria had to step in once again to give pointers. She says Peanut must be rewarded with treats while he is in the act of walking and not while stationary.
After a few weeks, Victoria watches footage of how Peanut and Shelby are doing. The training worked pretty well, and Shelby can now walk Peanut for more extended periods. Peanut has transformed from a dog who fears the far ends of the street to a dog who just loves to walk.
Video courtesy of It’s Me or The Dog via YouTube.