We became the owners of Bertie, an 8 year old Bichon Friese, in March last year when his owner became too ill to look after him. He settled very quickly. My wife has quite severe arthritis which limits her walking so I have been Bertie's daily walker. When my wife feels up to it we both walk him in a local country park. In January my wife had a fall and was in hospital for 4 weeks so all Bertie's walks were with just me. By May she had recovered sufficiently to come with us once or twice a week for a short walk in the park. Since then Bertie has become increasingly unwilling to go out with just me, getting to the point in the last few days where when I suggest a walk he runs upstairs. I put his lead on but as we go out of the door he refuses to move. There is no possibility of my wife being able to come with us for his daily walk but I don't like the idea of him not having a regular walk. Has anyone had a similar problem and been able to solve it?