Jess had her 2nd vaccine last night and the vet said i can start to take her on walks outside next Monday! we can't wait but would just like to ask for a few reccommendations.
where should we go on our first walk? I know she needs to get used to many/all environments and noises and sights etc but feel that her first walk should be a positive experience so would you suggest starting off somewhere quiet with or does it not make a difference?
If she refuses to walk should i bribe her with treats to get her to come forward? (i've been doing this in the garden with her)
when do i need to start concentrating on getting her to walk nicely on the lead? (again trying to walk her on the lead in the garden but she is just jumping and trying to chew the lead at the moment inbetween walking)
My first walk was at the beach with the lead , went very well my boy just wanted to pkay with all the other dogs around . Good socialization !!! But way too excited to be on a lead. Beau chewed the lead and began to walk him self so I left him to it. Or I'd get him to carry the fetch ball in his mouth that stopped the lead biting. Good luck with the first outing! I couldn't wait myself. Just keep him out of the soft sand above the tide level it's not that sterile for youngies to be around!
thanks. Yes i did think about the beach, hope we get a day like today for it. It's lovely here in the uk today
Are there just two sets of shot there? (here we do 3 rounds, but it varies).
I would not make the first walk long or high stress. Go for a brief (5 minutes, 10 if you go super slow) walk in your neighbourhood. don't expect to get anywhere, go slow. Do coax if needed. You may want to carry the pup a few blocks away and walk BACK home.
If your puppy has not left the house/yard then don't go to crowds or anything, start with places that have just a few people to socialise wtih. If she has not been around other dogs, pick and chose what dogs you meet, do not let the pup run up to dogs on teh street. Set up safe scenarios with dogs you know are friendly.
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If you have a friend or family member with a well behaved leash walker it might help to walk them together. It could help keep her focus off the leash and be positive reinforcement for her.
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thanks for your tips. Yeah there are only two injections here in the UK then a booster at 12 month