When you have a puppy, a walk isn't always a walk. Often, your walk is more about learning to walk on a leash than it is the exercise involved or the stimulus of the neighborhood.

Since we'll be working on skills involved in walking, we have to be willing to retrace our steps or even cut a walk short if necessary. Patience is the key. Just remember, when your neighbors think you're a weirdo for walking the same twenty yards in front of your apartment a dozen times, you'll know: you're investing in your pup's future.

As you practice your walks, remember that success doesn't have to be getting from Point A to Point B. Sometimes the most effective thing to do is to call it and try it again soon.

Walking together with a loose leash takes an understanding between you and your pup. And that understanding is only fostered through patient repetition. So keep with it.