June 29, 2007, Newsletter Issue #191: Going for a Walk

Tip of the Week

If you're trying to figure out how to take your puppy for walks, but not sure where to begin, don't worry. Teaching your dog to walk on a lead is just a step-by-step process.

First, get your puppy accustomed to wearing a collar if she isn't already. Start by having her wear it around her neck for short periods and then gradually increase the length of time. She may resist at first, but keep at it. All dogs will get used to collars.

Next, add a leash to the mix. This is usually where you'll get the most resistance. The key is to let your dog "wear" the leash around the house for a while. Once you've let her run around, start picking up the leash and begin to lead your puppy in the direction that you want to go.

If she tends to run in the opposite direction, simply turn and walk the other way. She should follow you. If she tugs, simply stop and refuse to move until she stops pulling on the leash. After a few practice trials, you're ready to go outside and hit the pavement with your pooch.

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