The ‘right’ leash
When you start walking your puppy, it’s best to have them on a short leash. This will help you to have more control over your puppy’s movements, as well as making it easier to guide, train and correct them.
You’re the leader
From day one, it’s important to make your dog aware that you are the pack leader, not them. Taking charge by walking in front will help communicate this clearly to your pup, as well as make the whole experience far more enjoyable for the two of you.
Train and reward
Dog walks are a great time to practice basic commands with your puppy such as ‘sit’, ‘stay’ and ‘come here’. Remember to reward your dog every time they correctly perform a command—this will encourage them to repeat their behaviour.
A great way to get your canine used to socialising with other pups, is by organising play dates with your fellow dog-loving friends. Whether you decide to meet up at the local beach, or hold a puppy get-together at home, both yourself and your puppy are bound to have a great time!
Keep it fun
It’s important to keep your walks fun and interactive for your pup. Whether this means visiting a new place every now and again or walking the opposite way around the park, your pup is bound to enjoy mixing it up.
After mastering the basics of walking your dog on the leash, it’s time to give free-roaming a go! For some great off-leash locations in and around Coffs Harbour, check out the spots below!
Hearns Lake Beach *
Boambee Beach Thompsons Road Dog Park *
Pipeclay Beach Darkum Beach *
Emerald Beach (North of Fiddamans Creek) *
* Biodegradable dog waste bags are provided
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