Growing Up Samson: First Walk on the Wild Side!
Growing Up Samson: First Walk on the Wild Side!

Our newest Sugar pup, Samson, finally finished up all his puppy boosters and, last week, he took his first real walk outdoors. Hooray! It's important to have your dog up-to-date on shots before letting him meet other furry friends so he doesn't pick up any dangerous diseases.

See a full gallery of adventure piccys and a couple of my tips for those first time walkies when you


  • Bring treats. Help get your pet used to going potty outside by tempting him with tiny treats. When he does his business, praise with happy puppy voice and give him a treat immediately.
  • Bring a partner. For North's first few outdoor ventures, I tried to always bring someone else along – when it was just me, he kept pausing every few steps to turn around and look for Mama! With a close pal walking ahead, my pooch was content to follow after her instead.
  • Take breaks. Little pups can get tuckered out quickly, especially with those little legs. Let your dog stop to sniff the roses and bring a portable water bowl for those hot days. While some dogs like to walk on the sidewalk, others (like Samson) love rolling around in the grass!
  • Create a routine. At first, stick to a fairly strict schedule. Timing and frequency of walks will help your pet begin "going" at a certain time of day and hopefully cut down on those initial accidents. Plus, for those pups that are picky about potty spots, sticking to a consistent route will give them a "regular" spot in no time.
  • Do your dogs have special bathroom spots they rush to? Share those – and any more walk tips – in the comments below!

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