Soon we are going to mention having your pet sit any time you stop, until then, what you really are trying to accomplish is the dog becoming comfortable and expecting you to definitely function as leader for the walk. (See blog entry on Pack Mentality). Depending on the purpose of the walk, I either allow sniffing and stopping or not. For our morning walks, which are for exercise and relief, we walk and invite sniffing in certain areas, and so the relief is situated some area. We determine where we walk, the dogs continue in heel position.
Common sense dictates the distance and length of the walk depend for the breed. My labs need long, fast walks, smaller breeds will require less, until you use a Jack Russell or any other small high energy breed. There are ways to reach the level of walk you choose even though you have a very large or high energy breed. Throw the ball or Frisbee first for a while to lose a good amount of energy off, then go on the walk. You will possess a far better result. But remember the walk can be a different kind of “work” for your new puppy, the retrieving shouldn’t replace the walk, it should be an entirely different activity.
Mastering the “heel” will take time, depending on how often you work on it and exactly how clear you happen to be along with your discipline and praise. These two components can shorten or lengthen the learning curve.
What you will also notice, in case you give a second dog or puppy once the first you have mastered heeling, is that this second one falls into place very quickly in any respect in the event you walk together.
This may seem stringent, but you’ll be rewarded having a dog that is comfortable because you are leading and he knows what you should expect. This again, provides mix of both mental and physical benefit your dog, which they all experience.