Ahhh the joys of raising a puppy. Their cute little paws. Their fresh puppy smell. The teeny tiny poops and piddles. Adorable. Walking a puppy on a leash? NOT adorable.
For those of you that don’t already know, I’m hear to explain the joys of walking a puppy.
It goes something like this:
1) Attach leash while puppy attempts to gnaw off your hand.
2) Run with the puppy like a champ to the patch of grass outside.
3) Wait for puppy to do business, then praise highly and give treats.
4) Call puppy for five minutes to move in any direction. Puppy sits and stares.
5) Puppy finally decides to walk somewhere and promptly eats something off the ground.
6) Puppy eats grass.
7) Puppy eats other dog’s poo.
8) Puppy eats rock.
9) Puppy eats leaf.
10) Puppy eats OHMYGODISTHATBROKENGLASSINHERMOUTH!!!!!!
11) Continue walking 10 feet until a driveway peaks puppy’s curiosity for 5 minutes.
12) Yank on leash until puppy decides to walk 3 more feet and sit down.
13) Sigh. Pick puppy up. Walk home defeated.
14) Clean up piddle puppy decided to do on the carpet immediately after her 30 minutes outside.
15) Repeat every 2 hours.
Do you want to buy a dog yet?
However, I am happy to report that she is now walking like a CHAMP! I came down with a serious head cold that had me knocked out most of the past week. Luckily Jonathan channels Cesar Milan and had her trained in the time it took me to recover!
He is simply wonderful.
Josie and I walked for 40 minutes straight with only a few gentle tugs in the right direction.
Again, he is simply wonderful.
Tips for getting a puppy to walk on a leash:
-Let the puppy wear the leash around the house for a few hours at a time. One of the biggest problems is that they aren’t born knowing what a leash is for. Josie was chewing on hers like crazy, but within 2 days she was trotting around with it and napping with it.
-Give treats and praise whenever puppy is walking nicely.
-Don’t let puppy lead the way or tell you when to stop. You tell puppy when to stop. If they are tugging on the leash, just stop walking until they sit and calm down.
-We increased the pace. I think she thought our slow walking meant that she could feel free to chomp up debris and laze about. This was probably our biggest problem and we didn’t hear anything about it on the internet or in books (boo on you Cesar!).
-Spray your shoes with bitter apple or rub some hand sanitizer on there. Our puppy loves to bite toes and shoes and that can really slow down a walk.