How to Walk Your Puppy 101
Walking a dog looks so easy! It should be a walk in the park (literally), right? Oftentimes, walking on a dog leash is one of the hardest things new dog owners are surprised about. Here are tips and tricks to make sure you and your dog are safe and enjoy one of the most important bonding times you have together.
FIRST – IS YOUR PUPPY OLD ENOUGH TO WALK?
Until your puppy has his parvo shot, be hyper vigilant as this prevalent virus can kill your pup. We did not walk our puppy on the grass until he was 12 weeks old. When you first start walking your dog, remember… crawl, walk, run. Start with 5 minute walks and gradually ramp up 5 minutes at a time. Be careful not to over exercise your puppy and ensure he is getting the proper level of activity. Ideally, you vary the walks with indoor play where he is allowed to run in short sprints. You can also use treats to motivate your puppy to keep following the path and reward them for doing a good job.