Nika is going through a phase (I really hope it's a phase, anyway) where shoes and shoelaces are pretty much the most excellent things ever. I've learned that they get more exciting the faster my feet are moving. So, when she starts looking at my feet, I slow down or stop. It's not always an efficient way to get anywhere, but often she finds some other interest. Usually that other interest is a stick, supplied by me. I try to have a stick with me at all times when we're outside. Luckily she thinks sticks are also pretty excellent. Edit: I realized that I was unclear. The stick is for chewing, not beating :).