Hello All,

I feel like I'm using this forum as a confessional for my new puppy owners DO NOT list, but heck whatever. Today's lesson is do not skip walking your puppy or he will forget how to walk properly. I normally walk Fletcher 3 times a day, early in the morning then in the afternoon if it not 200 degrees outside (which many days have been lately) then a good long mile walk in the evenings. Well, I walked Fletcher Friday morning but then I was doing some serious housework and somehow manged to twist my knee pretty good so I have not walked him until this evening Monday.

He was awful, he pulled, he twisted around me, even tried his favorite biting at my clothes trick. I have to keep stopping and stopping. Here's what I do....when Fletcher pulls I sit, no more walking until he chilled out and sitting or laying I ignore him when Fletcher bites at my clothes I stop ignore him until he is chilled. If this is crappy technique I really don't care.....my goal is to not have him pulling me down the path and no having me trip while he is nipping my cloths. I have been very consistent so it works for me. I understand I look like a total fool walking my dog and sitting every few feet but...

Fletcher is so easily distracted (like most cavaliers). Plus I am trying to avoid training treats right now because I don't know if it the heat or a faze but he is not eating him meals too well. By the end of the walk he was doing better but still. I hope this is only a mini step backwards. In the future I'm never going to skip walks again....ok well never more than one.

And we start puppy classes this week. Heheheeeee much needed for me I think.

Melissa