Max, Ruby, and I have been hiking lately (or we were until the latest cold snap) and we came across an issue: balking. We have to walk on leash as we are on urban trails and every time a leaf rustles or a squirrel or bird twitches, our whole outing comes to a screeching halt. Dont even get me started on passing dogs. The way I see it, I have 3 options: don't stop and drag them until they continue walking, stop for a few seconds before continuing, or stop until the goats are ready to continue on their own. I think they equate pretty well to a child being afraid of a monster in his closet. A parent can say "go to bed, you're fine, your concerns are invalid" and ignore further complaints, or a parent can look in the closet, use some "monster spray" (water and lavender oil), and say "I hear what you're saying, I've checked, there's nothing there." The object of the former approach would be to convey that the child is safe. Mom and dad aren't scared so he shouldn't be either. The latter response might offer understanding to a scared child, but might also serve to validate his fears. By looking for the monster, you're admitting that there's something to look for. Thirdly, the parent could wait for the kid to become comfortable, "you can sleep in our bed tonight (forever)" and allowing him to overcome his own fears. The problem, obviously, is that Max and Ruby are kids, but they aren't children. How do I get them through this irritating behaviour?