How to walk a puppy
The dog walk can become a nightmare if we do not start to educate them since they were little. Therefore, it is essential to start walking our puppy properly, following some training guidelines. If we do not initiate the process of education of the dog during its puppy stage, after the time we will find ourselves with a badly educated dog, that pulls the leash when we take it out, that he does not pay attention to us and he feels when he does not want to walk anymore. The care and feeding of our puppy are very important aspects to consider, but their education and socialization with other dogs as well. For this, in this article we want to show you how to walk a puppy .
Before taking the puppy for a walk
Remember that you must wait to have all the required vaccines before taking it out on the street. Meanwhile, you can take advantage to start your home education, such as familiarizing yourself with the collar and the leash. Many puppies get scared during their first walk because they are not used to wearing a collar, let alone being tied. Therefore, put on the necklace once in a while to familiarize yourself with it. And, some of those times, put the strap on it too and let it take you home, even if you drag it, and play with it. If the game happens to be breaking the strap, say a firm 'NO' to learn that you should not do that. When it stops, reward it by saying 'Fine!' Another very effective tactic is to simulate walks around the house, so that you learn to go by your side and know what it is to be guided on a leash.
The first ride
Keep in mind that this is totally new to him and it is normal to feel excited, so you must calm him down before leaving. Until you are completely calm and still, do not take him out to the street, but he will not learn to behave. This done, you must first go out the door to show your position as a leader, then him. Do not forget to bring treats to reward him and bags to collect the excrement if he does.
It is advisable to use a fixed strap, not extensible, to better manage the puppy. Once outside, give him a treat so he knows that he always has to leave behind you. Then, start walking.
If you took into account the recommendations prior to the first walks, your puppy will walk quietly and not try to remove the leash. In case you get ahead, start skipping nervously or disobeying yourself, stop and say 'NO' so that you understand that you should not adopt that behavior. Give him a treat when he stops. A very effective trick to listen to you and feel every time you stop is to stop in front of him, with a treat in hand, wait for him to sit down, give it to him when he does and say 'Very good!' Then take a long step forward and repeat the process. Take two or three steps and do it again. Now take two or three more steps and repeat it, and so on for a piece until the puppy intuitively feels each time you stop.
If what happens to you is that you are afraid and do not want to walk, do not force it. You should encourage him with kind words and sweets, loosen the strap and keep calm, otherwise you will transmit your nerves and will not move.
It is recommended that the first walks of your puppy do not last more than 10 minutes . Being so small it is normal to get tired quickly and stop when this happens, so do not worry if you do not want to walk anymore because you will probably be exhausted. As you grow, you should increase the exercise time.
Patience is key to teaching your puppy to walk, since the first few times will be complicated. It is essential that you maintain your position as leader at all times and do not let it go ahead during the ride, each time you stop and say 'NO', if necessary shorten the strap to reduce your range of movement. If you practice the candy trick he will sit down and learn that he should not pass by.
Remember that you should take the first walks to start the process of socialization of your puppy, so that you do not avoid being with other dogs. Always use positive conditioning so that your puppy associates the street with something good, do not fear and pay attention to it. Think that educating a dog to walk is not something that is achieved in a day, so it is important to be patient and start at home before the first walks.