Taking your new pup for a walk for the first time?
Believe it or not, this can be an overwhelming experience for your young canine without enough thought and preparation. But it’s worth getting right because walks are so important, not just in puppyhood but throughout the lifecycle.
A good walk will be the recipe for keeping your dog fit, burning off unspent energy and learning how to behave in social settings with you, other people and other dogs. Getting it wrong can lead to negative experiences that may trigger adverse behaviour like fear, aggression and pulling on a lead. Once developed, these habits can be hard to break.
My top tips for your pup’s maiden voyage are:
Finally, remember that like learning any new skill, it takes time, patience and practice to get it right. Enjoy the time bonding and getting to know each other.