Walking with your still little four-legged buddy on the leash will provide him with additional socialization, and you – more easy control when he gets older. However, even if you seriously intend to take it with you for a morning walk, he may be too young for that.
Before you start walking with your puppy on the street, your vet, probably suggest first taking a primary vaccination course. Vaccinations against parvovirus, infectious hepatitis and canine Plague bearers require a series or course of vaccinations. Puppies should generally take the main course of vaccination no later than 16 weeks age. It is also important for you to make sure that he has been vaccinated rabies, which is put, in most cases, from the age of 3 up to 6 months.
Since initial vaccination can take up to 4 months, you probably don’t take your puppy for a walk for the first few months of his life.
Collar and leash
If you want your four-legged friend to get used to the feeling collar and leash as quickly as possible, and so that it is ready for walk as soon as you get a little older you can use several techniques. Attach the leash to the puppy’s collar while time when he eats. The puppy should be focused on his food, therefore, he will not care about what is hanging on his neck. Besides also always associate a collar and leash with positive things: a game, entertainment, a treat or regular praises and caresses. Any reluctance, indecision or awkwardness that the puppy may have in relation to the collar, must pretty quickly start to dissipate.
Walking and practice at home
While the puppy is still undesirable to attend public places until it is fully vaccinated, you can start learning from at home, even if he is only 2 months old. Also allow the puppy is free to use your backyard as a toilet, there will also be not a good idea, so it’s better to use leash and take him out for a walk exactly where you can allow him to do his “business”. If you have enough space in the house, then you can “drive” him to bed, to the kitchen for feeding, or even to his pillow in the corner of your office.
Tips & Tricks
You most likely want to teach your little buddy Follow you on a walk from a very young age. Sure, it can be funny and cute when a puppy pulls you, which weighs no more than 5 kg. But when it weighs 25 kg, then, pulling the leash with considerable effort, it can inflict you injury or even escape.
Before fastening the leash to the puppy, wait until it is put all 4 paws on the floor. You may have to bend down several times, but ultimately he must understand that if will be calm, then get a long-awaited walk as a reward.
Once you’ve connected everything, take enough steps, until the puppy begins to create tension on the leash. If you feel the tension, then turn around and go the other way – you may think that you are walking in circles, but so your friend will understand the necessary rules faster, namely that he follows you, but not you behind him. You can also use praise or goodies, to make him walk carefully and to keep track of you, and not the other way around.