When Wille was a puppy I used to grab a hand full of treats and take it with me when we went out on a walk. Cocker spaniel as a breed wants to stay near to its owner but a puppy is a puppy and things are exciting and fun. I do have a few stories with me, in my office clothes, running after Wille, coffee cup in my left hand and handbag in the right screaming WILLLE!! Watching him disappear around the corner with the neighbor’s puppy Bella. I have never run that fast seven o´clock in the morning before. In heels! He did eventually stop, thank god, and wondered what I was yelling about.
So, to be sure that he would listen to me and not run away I gave him a treat now and again during our walks. I always saved one treat for when we were inside the house again. As a way to say: If you behave during our walks and follow me into the house after our walk you get a treat. I stopped doing this when Wille turned two this spring. We don´t need it anymore, he knows what I want from him even if he still loves people, to be outside and other dogs.
I had Maya here today and I started to do the same thing with her, so she and Wille could play and have fun but also make sure that she has her eyes on me. For me, it is the easiest way to teach a puppy that it is fun to be around me and what I want him or her to do. Just stick with me and you get a treat.
I also want to link to this petition that every European should sign (link). I don´t think that our environment can take that much more now and that we, every European, need to stand up for it. Please sign and share. Love Mirella, Wille, and Maya.