Ask the vet: No walkies

RACQ, in partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland, can help solve your pet problems.

RACQ, in partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland, can help solve your pet problems.

Got a curly problem with your favourite pooch? Is your cat being too catty?

While animals can bring much joy into our lives, they are not always problem free. If there is an animal issue that you need help to solve, send your question to via RACQ to the Animal Welfare League Queensland experts, to find the answer.

No walkies

I don’t know why my dog has suddenly started resisting going for a walk. Max is a five-year-old Maltese cross and he now stands firm, refusing to go walking. It’s the same route as we always take and it’s not at a hot time of the day. His paws seem fine.

AWLQ Experts say

Think back to what may have occurred while you were walking, before he started to resist. Has something happened to Max on a walk? Did he get a fright? Did a dog rush at him? Something may have triggered a fear response in him.

Another idea is to try a different direction for a while to get his confidence back, before reverting to your usual route. Make sure he has a positive experience while walking.

Don’t keep off the grass

Gypsy, our 16-month-old toy poodle Brussels griffon cross, keeps using our patio as a toilet even though she is housetrained inside the house. She often uses the grass, but still uses the patio too. How can we stop this behaviour?

AWLQ Experts say

You can limit her toileting on your patio, by going ‘back to basics’ and training her as if she were an 8-week-old puppy, just coming into your home. By that we mean limiting access to that area, taking her out to the grassed area frequently and praising her lavishly for toileting in the right spot.

The AWLQ website has more ideas on toilet training and other pet problems.

What’s your question?

Send your pet questions to and Animal Welfare League Queensland‘s experts will provide the answers. Letters will not receive an individual reply and should be no more than 120 words.

AWLQ work with local councils, state government, rescue groups and the community to improve the outcomes for stray and surrendered pets.