When to Start Walking a Puppy
The arrival of a puppy in a home is a very moving event for both adults and kids. We want our pet to become the perfect company, but the enormous responsibility that an animal implies and all the care it will require must be left clear beforehand. An aspect that we should not forget is walking our dog every day and several times daily. However, if you've never had a dog before, you might not know when you can begin to do so. This is why at oneHOWTO we explain when to start walking your puppy and why it is important to wait.
When to start walking a dog
You must begin to walk your dog when all the basic vaccines that are required to keep it healthy are administered, this taking place at approximately 3 months of age. It is essential that if you wish to keep your animal healthy you give it the vaccinations against major diseases that it could suffer, such as distemper or the parvovirus, which are potentially fatal.
For this reason it is essential that you go to a veterinarian as soon as you get a puppy, since only a professional can establishing the scheduling of vaccines and indicate fundamental points on the health of your pet.
Why is it important to wait?
It is important to wait to take all vaccines before you start walking the dog because only then you can be sure that it is free from contacting dangerous diseases. Distemper, the parvovirus or rabies are conditions that are potentially fatal for the dog, and especially in the case of the first two diseases, the majority of the affected are puppies that had not been vaccinated.
An animal is also a responsibility and an expense, something that is important to have clear. We must give our pet dog the best, and this also requires medical care in order to be healthy.
What is the importance of walking my dog?
Once the animal has all its vaccines you can start walking it. It is important that you do so several times a day, so you can start building up a routine and he'll get used to it. Taking your dog out is not only a way to have it do its necessities out of the house but also helps:
- Develop their smell, their location and its own socialisation instincts.
- Socialising with other dogs and humans, thus improving its character and behaviour.
- A proper exercise and healthy maintenance.
- Learn to obey our orders: to respond to your call, to respond to certain games, etc.
- Help to burn energy and drain anxiety and stress.
- In addition, it provides a good excuse to spend some fun and entertaining time together with your pet.
If you have just got a new puppy dog you may also need to know when to start bathing your dog.
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- In conclusion, you should not walk your puppy until it has all the vaccinations required. In the meantime, you can put some newspapers in an area of the house for the puppy to do his or her body functions.