|Posted on November 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM|
Wow! My little Halle is almost 5 months old now. Where has the time gone? We’ve been doing lots of socializing out and about town. At first, I just carried my little one from place to place, but she grew like a weed and soon I had to rely on the leash as a tool to keep my puppy close by. I see a lot of humans struggling with their on-leash dogs and using the leash as away to control the dog. So, I asked myself what I wanted the leash to represent to Halle and decided that for us:
I have spent more time planning and training this one skill than any other. Why so much thought? Because I knew that my 8 pound puppy would soon be a 55 pound adolescent dog that could pull me off my feet. I didn’t want to wait until she was an adolescent to teach her how to “stick with the group” so we started training loose leash walking right away.
Here are my tips on getting your puppy started off right:
Time’s flying by and I am enjoying every minute with Halle. Does she do everything perfect the first time? Of course not, learning takes a lot of practice and repetition. Does she have days when her little adolescent brain says “sit, what’s sit?” You bet she does. Am I always consistent with my expectations every time? Yes, I am! Consistent and clear expectations and leadership are my gift to Halle. She doesn’t speak human and I don’t speak dog and it isn't fair to ask her to read my mind. So being reliable and predictable bridges our language barrier and opens a line of communcation between the two of us.
Sniff on! Train on!
Susie & Halle
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