The Daily Walks of a Dog

When the puppy is five months old, your puppy needs to start going out on walks, and, with certain frequency, you'll need to take him to a place where he can run freely without worrying about being run over by a car. But, in order to do these kinds of exercises, you need to have trained the puppy to come immediately when he is called. In the following paragraphs we'll explain how to achieve this.

You, and everyone else in your house, have to, from the very first day, get used to calling the puppy by its name; every time the puppy comes to you, you have to pet him and give him a lot of affection and say nice words to him. You can even offer a biscuit or cookie. Don't get used to screaming at your puppy or in a way that might seem violent without any real reason. When your puppy does something that is not right or that you don't like, and you consider that he should be scolded, do so with a voice of authority but don't be rough, as violence brings about more violence.

There is also another curious way for making a puppy come to you when being called. It consists in attaching an approximately 10-meter string to the puppy's leash. At the same time that you call his name you pull gently on the string, but without concessions, in such a way that he is obliged to come to you. Receive your puppy with exaggerated affection and, immediately, offer him a biscuit. Repeat this operation 3 or 4 times in a row and for a couple of days, and before you know it, you will see good results.

Naturally these kinds of experiments have to be done in closed spaces, or in your garden where the puppy can't escape. You must bear in mind that if you do it in the open field or in a place where the puppy can escape, it could have fatal consequences. You have to be totally sure that when you let your puppy loose in the field, he is ready. Therefore, don't jump into it.

When, once your puppy is well-trained to return when called, you decide to take him to the field and let him run freely, try to go with someone else so that you can call him from place to another. You mustn't lose sight of your puppy; that's why, when you're accompanied, you must always remember that the main reason you're both going is to make the puppy run and play and to practice what you have taught him. If you get distracted, something awful can happen, like an accident or somebody can pick him up and put him in the car and drive away with him.

It is convenient to do these unusually longer walks when the puppy is 5 months old until he is 12 or 18 months old. The time in between these walks should be 4 or 5 days, that way you can be sure that your puppy will develop conveniently – if he's receiving the right diet and correct treatment.

As for the daily walks, they should be at least 3 but preferably 4 times a day. The morning and evening ones should be relatively long and the two other ones just long enough for the puppy to do his needs – approximately 10 minutes. Long evening walks are especially recommended during summer.

If your dog escapes, when he returns or you catch up with him, don't from the habit of hitting him, as he could relate returning with a spanking, and next time, he might not want to return, and instead will see you and go further and further. So, when the puppy returns, receive him a firm reprimand, yet at the same time, demonstrating that you are happy to have him back.

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