There’s nothing worse than thinking your dog is refusing to walk because he’s stubborn, only to discover that he’s dealing with pain you didn’t know about. There are a variety of medical issues that might make leash walks uncomfortable or even impossible for dogs, from injuries due to over-activity, to age-related aches and pains, to orthopedic issues, to tick-borne diseases and even certain cancers.
The fix: First, gently check out your dog for any hidden hurts, like an injured paw pad or nail. A sudden refusal to walk could signal an injury, so take your dog to your veterinarian for an exam to discover the cause.
A gradual reluctance to walk over time could mean that your dog is developing a pain point, so make an appointment with your vet to discuss treatment options and ongoing pain management options.