New Year, New Dog
January 16, 2024

New Year, New Dog: Let's Get Moving!

In this week's lesson for our New Dog, New Year series, we are going to help you get moving with your dog! If going on walks with your dog isn't always fun because they pull you everywhere or you are worried if they are up for more exercise we have you covered. You will learn how to get your dog to move with you, a great first step in better leash walking, and we'll cover joint care basics as well.

Dog walking on a leash

Walking Together

Your dog can learn to walk with you, without pulling. This is a complex skill but we can break it down so that you and your dog have a great start. For this week’s training game, your dog will learn to follow you. Start this in the house but then you might move to the driveway or sidewalk in front of your house. Your dog probably won’t be ready to try this while out and about in the neighborhood yet.

Take the Next Step

Keep building on that skill and check out our other resources.

Joint Health For Your Dog

With all this walking, we’ll want to think about keeping those joint healthy. It's best to start joint care before you notice any stiffness or other signs but there are still lots of great things you can do to help your dog stay happy, healthy, and active as long as possible.

Here are some additional tips on how to get active with your dog this year!

This is part of our New Year, New Dog series. Check back next week for the early stages of drop it and leave it. This may help you stay out of trouble if your dog picks up something he shouldn't have. We’ll also be talking about common toxic hazards for dogs. 

Missed our previous lessons? Week one taught focus on you and weight management and week two was all about beginning stay training and parasite prevention.