Gather essential items like a leash, collar, and treats. Familiarize your puppy with the equipment indoors before heading out. Create a positive association with these items.
Let your puppy explore the leash indoors. Attach it for short periods, rewarding calm behavior. Gradually increase leash time, making sure your puppy is comfortable and relaxed.
Use treats and praise to reward good behavior. Encourage your puppy to walk beside you. Positive reinforcement creates a bond and motivates your puppy during walks.
Keep the first walks short. Focus on the quality of the experience rather than the distance. Gradually extend the duration as your puppy becomes more comfortable.
Sniffing is natural and provides mental stimulation. Balancing structured walking with exploration makes walks enjoyable for your puppy.
Introduce your puppy to different environments, people, and other dogs. Early socialization is crucial for a well-adjusted adult dog. Ensure positive interactions to build confidence.
Every puppy learns at their own pace. Celebrate progress, and if challenges arise, adjust your approach. Walking should be a positive experience for both of you.