You recently got a new four-legged friend. It is still small, sometimes weak; here are a few tips to smoothly initiate a daily walk routine.

Walking your puppy: start soft

Just like you wouldn’t let a small child walk around on his/her own for several hours, you shouldn’t take your puppy dog out for long walks in the first few weeks of its life.
If you start too soon and if the walks are too fast-paced, the puppy will get weary and may injure its joints. Your new companion may be full of energy but keep in mind that its body is still developing.

Walking your puppy: for how long?

In general, a daily 30-minute walk is enough for your puppy to get reasonable physical exercise, and start discovering the world. Puppies are more active early in the morning or in the evening. Enjoy this energy drive to take them out for a walk. Initiate a daily routine: the morning “before-breakfast” walk, or the after-dinner stroll… It will allow your puppy to find its marks more easily.
If you notice that your dog starts pulling out its tongue or shows some unwillingness at the end of the walk, don’t take it as a whim. It is probably a sign of weariness. Don’t hesitate to hold it in your arms or take a little break.

What if my puppy gets too much exercise?

Even if your puppy seems hyperactive, it is still a baby dog, whose development and health could suffer from an excess of physical activity. A dog needs moments of rest to grow properly, and its joint development may be affected by too much physical activity.

Walk and breed your dog

These early walks are great opportunities to start teaching your puppy to behave on a leash or walk on the lead correctly.
You can also start teaching it to obey simple orders: “Sit”, “Heel”, “Stand still”, or train it to come back on call. You can start noticing whether your puppy has a tendency to run away or not. If it is the case, our GPS devices can help you keep track your puppy’s moves in real time, thanks to our free mobile app.

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Walking your dog: a few misconceptions

You may have heard a lot of contradictory advice about the right way to walk your puppy dog. Here are a few answers to some of the questions that may have arisen.

Can a puppy go outdoors before all mandatory vaccinations are done?

If its mother was correctly vaccinated, the young puppy will still be immune with her antibodies. Which means that you can take your puppy out even though it hasn’t been vaccinated yet.

Is your puppy scared of the outside environment (noise, people, etc.)?

Until the age of three months, a puppy shows great capacity to adjust to any situation. The more you get it accustomed to the sounds of the world (in an urban or rural context), the more easily it will adapt afterwards.

Should you take your puppy in your arms when you walk across another dog?

If the dog is well behaved, there is no reason for it to attack your puppy. However, if you notice undue signs of hostility, take your puppy in your arms as a precaution and to reassure it (and you!). If your puppy reveals early signs of a tendency to run away, don’t wait to get the Weenect Pets device. You’ll be better prepared to educate your puppy with a restful mind.

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Author: Weenect

Weenect, leader de la géolocalisation familiale, propose une gamme de traceurs GPS pour les différents membres de la famille : les enfants, les seniors, les chiens et chats. Ce blog a vocation à aider les familles dans leur vie quotidienne.