Leash Training: Learning How to Walk Your Dog

Because they are small, adorable and require a lot of care, a lot of people tend to humanize or baby their brand new puppy from the moment they bring it home. Unfortunately, this will quickly turn your cute little fur ball into a spoiled and hard to handle dog when it grows up, complete with behavior issues that are harder to get rid of than they would have been to nip in the bud from day one. Training your dog by leash is one such problem. Training your dog by leash will be a lot simpler when they are a young puppy, as they are smaller and much easier to manage. An older dog can be more difficult to train – even if it is a small breed – because they are strong enough to pull on the leash or just sit and refuse to walk when leashed.

Step One:

Every new puppy needs to get accustomed to wearing a collar around his neck; this is the first hurdle to accomplish when leash training your dog. If you’ve ever had a puppy, you have probably observed that a newly introduced collar will elicit virtually every attempt possible by the dog to remove the it– from scratching at his neck to rolling on the ground. Even as this may be hard for you to watch, avoid taking his collar off until he has relaxed a bit and his attention is diverted. He needs to learn that the collar cannot be removed, so make sure that it fits comfortably, yet is still snug enough that he can’t pull it off himself or by pulling when on the leash.

Your next step for training your dog with a leash is to use the leash in a similar process. Leave the leash attached to the puppy’s collar while he is walking around or playing; it should drag around behind him. Just like with the collar, he will soon forget that he even has the leash on, and won’t object to you putting it on him again in the future. It is critical to note, however, that the puppy should not be left unattended when the leash is attached to his collar. He can easily become entangled, causing harm or distress at the very least.

Starting in the home, where the puppy is accustomed to the surroundings, pick up the leash and take a walk around the rooms. Make sure to keep the leash between you and the puppy sort of loose, but keep him walking right by your side at all times. You should start training immediately, so if puppy pulls on the leash you should stop in place immediately and call him back to your side so he learns that this behavior is not acceptable. Begin walking with a loose leash once the puppy returns to your side; if the puppy becomes distracted again, repeat the process until he learns the acceptable behavior. The owner need to praise their puppy regularly to ensure that he understands that his obedience is commendable and that walking with his master is a pleasurable experience.

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