Alright, maybe I shouldn't say new, today is my 10th day walking my dog (in a row, new record, woohoo). I do have a few things I could use some help with if anyone has the time.
My first concern is one I never thought I would have. We adopted a new dog about 6 months ago. The group who we adopted him from said they think he is a 8 year old pomeranian/chihuahua mix. Before we got Charlie, the new dog, we always had medium to large dogs (usually lab mixes), and since they were so large, the more they got out and walked/ran the better. This dog is so small.....just how far is it safe to walk with him? One of the main reasons we got him was because we were told he was low energy. Until about 5 days ago, the most he walked was down the street and back (maybe .4 miles). Today I hit 1.8 miles and I'm starting to worry I'm pushing him to hard. Should I be worried?
My second concern is that, well, he's just not that well behaved. He likes to stop and pee on everyone new thing he sees, and he won't listen to me when I tell him to heel. Before this, all our dogs already knew how to heel (we have always adopted, and never had a puppy, so never really had to do much training) and I'm not sure where to even start with this one. I know that they do need to stop every now and again, and lucky we have quiet a few fields in the area that I stop at for him, I just don't want him to pee on other people's yard, it seems rude. I thought about trying to clicker train him while we're out, but I'm worried I won't be able to hold the leash, click, and give him a treat when he is good, it seems I need another hand. Has anyone had this problem before?
And lastly, like above, I'm just not sure on the proper manners when it comes to other people. Our area has alot of animals (charlie met his first horse yesterday) and some of the dogs in the area aren't on leashes. I haven't ran into a problem as far as dog fights go, but he does like to stop and say hi, and once or twice he has snapped at them (still don't know what caused it, it's happened twice out about 20 dogs he's met). Is it alright to do this? Or should I be trying to get him away from the other dog's yard as soon as possible?
Thanks for any help you guys can give
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