Here is a post to share a couple of tips for walking labrador pups or other kinds of pups I hope could be helpful, in case you have a puppy too or are hoping to be able to have a puppy soon 🌸 we got a labrador puppy called Ruby in early 2017, and she is very affectionate, cuddly and curious 🕊 we had not had a puppy before, and took her to puppy training school when she was a couple of months old, to help to train her to sit, come, heel and a couple of basic commands 🌸 she needs quite a lot of exercise each day, and because she is so curious and full of life and quite a big breed of dog, it is sometimes not so easy to take her for walks on the lead where she has to walk gently and sensibly just alongside you, as she loves to run and is really curious about finding new things to see and smell, and greeting other pups.
Walking tips for labrador pups
Be as patient as possible
One tip I have found to be really helpful is to be as patient as possible, and try not to worry in case your pup is curious, pulling, or excited to see other people and pups or to find new things to smell. A couple of friends and neighbours who have had a puppy or labrador pups before often note how pups can be full of life and energy when they are younger (about 1 to 2 years old) and often become quite a lot calmer and more sensible when they are a bit older. In case your pup has a lot of energy and is quite curious, you could try taking the pup for a couple of small to medium walks in the day if you can (depending on the breed of pup) and you could also try playing with the pup with a ball in your garden or at home before going for a walk, just to help your pup to have a bit of a run before going to walk on a lead, where it is helpful for the pup to be a bit more sensible.
Be as confident as possible
A second tip is to be as confident as possible when walking with your pup. I often felt worried I could make a mistake when I was walking with her, although if you spend as much time with your pup as you can, and try to understand your pup and create a comfy bond, it can be easier when you take you pup for a walk, where there can be a lot of interesting new things for your pup to see, smell and do. Being as confident as possible with your pup, and not being afraid to carefully correct your pup (in case the pup is pulling, is curious about a bird or a neighbourhood cat or tries to eat something on the footpath) can also really help to put your pup at ease, because dogs are a very social, pack animal and it is important to remember although you are your pup’s friend, you are also their leader and need to lead your pup (in a fair, kind and responsible way).
Practice as often as you can
A third tip I hope could help is to practice walking with your pup and teaching your pup to heel and sit as often as you can 🌸 because Ruby is a labrador pup, she loves food and treats a lot and really enjoys doing training practice at home. We often do some training practice each day (with a couple of treats) outside in the garden, or inside in case it is raining. She is really good at sitting and staying and practicing heel, and sometimes it is helpful to practice just before going out for a walk or outing too, to help to keep your pup calm and to help your pup to remember to walk gently and carefully on the lead when you are away from home. You could maybe try to practice heel a lot at home to help your pup to feel comfortable walking alongside you, and you could also try going for practice walks with your pup as often as you can, as your pup is learning.
Use rewards and a harness (if it could helpful)
A fourth tip is to take treats with you on a walk, and to also use a harness in case it could be helpful for your pup. You could cuddle and give your pup a treat when you are walking to help to reward your pup when they are walking really sensibly, sit, cross the road carefully, or are really attentive to you as you are walking. I often take a some treats and dog biscuits with me just in a small bag and Ruby enjoys the treats a lot. You could also try a carefully fitted harness on your pup in case they are pulling a lot, to help to distribute the tension from the lead in a careful way, and reduce tension from your pup’s neck if your lead is attached to the pup’s collar. A harness where the lead attaches across the front of your pup can also help to encourage your pup to walk alongside you, by reducing the ease of your pup to pull on the lead in front.
Do you have a labrador pup too, or are there any other tips you often use to help to go for walks your pup?
Please note: I also wrote an earlier blog post sharing a couple of puppy care tips in case you would also like to read a second blog post noting a couple more tips about puppy care (please check the link) 🕊🌸
Disclaimer: please note, in case you need some extra help with your puppy or if your puppy is sick you could check with a professional puppy trainer, a vet or a vet nurse who is hopefully close by to where you are from and can offer professional help or care.
Further resources: in case you are hoping to find more tips about walking a puppy, you could check your local library, online on Google, find a couple of videos on YouTube, check with a friend who could help or could hopefully find a puppy trainer who is close by to where you are from, who could offer professional help to train your pup.