So, you got a rescue dog home and have him settled, but when it is time to take him out and pick up the leash, he runs around and hides. Now you must spend time and all possible means to get him out. Are you wondering that you are the only one experiencing this? Well, we have news for you. You are not the only one going through this. Many dog owners experience this as well.
Following are some of the common reasons rescue dogs may hide when you try to put a leash on them.
- Sensitivity: Sometimes rescue dogs don’t like to be hugged or managed and not held by a leash or a harness. The dog might have no real issue in going for a walk but maybe just sensitive to the leash or harness. So, you need to make sure they get comfortable with this equipment first.
- Fear of the vet: Maybe you have adopted an abandoned dog that is used to be taken to a vet by his earlier owner when he was tied with a leash or harness. This experience may have stayed in his mind and hence the fear of going to the vet with the leash.
- Bad experience of the past: Some abandoned dogs or rescued dogs may have undergone a bad experience with the least. Maybe he got jerked with a leash or got hurt due to a leash and hence the fear of it.
- Health issue: Check if your dog is uncomfortable to walk due to maybe a bone issue like arthritis wherein it could be hard for him to walk outside.
- Fear of going to a new place: Sometimes abandoned dogs or rescued dogs may have the fear of going out as they may feel that you will leave them outside again. If you see that your dog is running away from a car, park, or an outside place, it could be due to an experience of the past which has instilled a fear in him. You need to be gentle and understanding in such scenarios. You can take him there but stay with him and do this many times to be able to erase the experience from his mind.
- Game: Some dogs may understand that if they run away from the leash, you will come chasing them and consider it as a game. If you feel the dog is behaving due to this reason, you may need to train him to understand this situation differently.