My Dog Won’t Go For a Walk Without Me, What Do I Do?

Your dog needs to get some exercise and go potty, but while you love them with all your heart sometimes there are other things you’re doing and you just want someone else to take them, like your husband, wife, partner, or dog walker. But your dog just won’t do it! Your dog won’t go for a walk without you — what does that mean?

Well, while this is certainly frustrating, it’s not that unusual of an issue. So the good news is that there are proven answers for all the questions you have, and most importantly: a proven solution for how to get your dog to walk without you. Now without further ado, let’s get to our article “My Dog Won’t Go For a Walk Without Me, What Do I Do?”

How to Get Your Dog to Walk Without You

My Dog Won't Go For a Walk Without Me

To get your dog to walk without you, start by having whomever you’d like to be able to take them out for walks (your wife, husband, partner, dog walker, etc) to go along with you. Bring along your dog’s favorite treats, and have this person give them to your dog whenever they’re doing well. They’ll quickly make positive associations with going on walks with them.

But while these steps will get your dog to start going for a walk without you, you need to remember that the underlying behavioral issue (separation anxiety) that was causing all of this to begin with will still be present. And until you address that, any positive changes you see are only going to be temporary.

“So, how do I make these changes last then?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like when your dog won’t go for a walk without you and all other misbehavior using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.

In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about your dog not going for a walk without you ever again!

My Dog Refuses to Walk Without Me

Your dog refusing to walk without you is actually very common, as many will not walk without their guardian. Your dog will only go for walks with you because they experience separation anxiety when you’re not around. Leaving you makes them feel very stressed and worried, which obviously would make going for a walk without you not a pleasant experience.

While it’s not unusual, it’s still something you need to begin addressing right away. Left unchecked, you’ll have other related problems develop (if they haven’t already) like refusing to go outside without you (we’re talking about the backyard, front yard, etc. here) or even being too scared to go outside at all.

My Dog Suddenly Refuses to Go For a Walk Without Me

If your dog suddenly refuses to go for a walk without you when they would previously, then something negative has happened very recently. Think about what types of things have occurred lately during walks, while your dog was outside in general, or just anytime they were not with you. Any bad experiences could make them very fearful, and much more clingy to you.

If this is the case, then you need to work on helping them handle their fear issues. Bad things will happen here and there in life no matter how careful you are with your dog, so you need to give them the confidence to handle things with stride. Go back to the first section for how to accomplish this.

My Dog Won’t Go For a Walk With My Dog Walker

If your dog won’t go for a walk with your dog walker, they’re experiencing fear and separation anxiety when you’re not around. You can help them make progress with this by easing them into things. Try going along with your dog walker the next few times (you’ll still have to pay, of course).

Bring your dog’s favorite treats and have your dog walker give them to your dog when they’re doing well. This will create positive associations for your dog and going on walks with your dog walker without you. Soon, your dog will trust them and probably even see your dog walker as a trusted part of your pack.

Remember that dogs are descended from wolves, so it’s normal for them to make associations like this.

I’ll let you get moving on things now because the sooner you get started the sooner you can get your dog to walk without you as well as seeing all of the other wonderful changes we discussed. Good luck with everything, and thanks for reading this article “My Dog Won’t Go For a Walk Without Me, What Do I Do?”

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.