How To Leash Train A Puppy
Learning how to leash train a puppy is well worth the effort to be able to take the puppy out on a walk, even though it is not as easy as you might think it is! Puppies love being with their owner and you will enjoy being with your puppy! Both you and the puppy will benefit from the effort and the steps for leash training are easy to follow.
Before you start make sure to get the proper size collar and leash. You can ask a vet, the breeder or at the pet store. It is important that both the leash and collar should be a good fit for your puppy’s size. If the collar is too small you could hurt your puppy and if it is too big he will get it off.
Putting the collar on the pup is the first step you need to take to leash train a puppy. The pup will work hard at trying to get it off at first, but do not remove the collar any time that he is trying to get it off. This lets the pup know that the collar is something he will have to get used to. It will take a little while for him to get used to wearing it. Have him wear it several hours a day, but keep an eye on him so he doesn’t get it caught on something and hurt himself while he is trying to remove it.
Once he is accustomed to the collar, the next step in leash training a puppy is to attach the leash to the collar. Talk to your pup while you are doing it, let your puppy know you aren’t going to hurt him and be gentle and consistent.
At first the puppy will pull on the leash and you will have to resist pulling the puppy. Initially, do this in your home or your yard and leave the leash loose. Let the puppy pull the leash around the yard and play with it so he gets used to it.
You need to achieve a balance when you move on to walking the puppy with you holding one end of the leash. Don’t let the puppy pull you and do not pull the puppy around by the leash. Use your voice and talk to the puppy, let him know what you are doing. It takes time but he will get the hang of it.
Every walk will be a lesson in leash training for the both of you so it will be an ongoing learning process. Don’t let the puppy run off and do not tug on the leash. Use the tone of your voice and your body language.
Where the dog walks happily near to the owner is the ideal walking situation with the leash hanging a little slack between them. When the dog stops to investigate something that interests him, the owner stops too. When the owner wants to continue the walk, he doesn’t pull on the leash, he calls the dog with his voice. If the dog wants to go faster, he doesn’t pull on the leash he just walks a little ahead. That was the ideal situation of course, but you should have that some of the time, if not all the time!
Continue with consistent leash training and never forget to reward your puppy with attention and praise when he or she gets it right. When you have mastered how to leash train a puppy, your little dog will always walk with you instead of trying to take you for a walk!
Oh, that dog!
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Barks with a lisp?
You say, “Attack!” And he has one.
All he does is piddle.
He’s nothing but a fur-covered kidney that barks.….Phillis Diller
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