Leash Training For Your Puppy

It’s common for owners to be surprised if their new new puppy dislikes having his leash put on. However, this is because it’s not something he’s used to and so you need to teach him that it’s ok.

It’s easy to train him to wear the leash and one reason is that you’ll put it on him to go for a walk, something he’ll enjoy. The earlier you start getting him used to it, the better off you both shall be.

Walking your puppy on his leash will be a great way for you both to spend quality time together. It’s also safer for your puppy. You can get him used to a collar and/or harness which will make him adjust to the leash faster.

Lots of smaller size dogs prefer a harness because a leash is further away from his head. Larger dogs use a harness because the dog’s strength is simpler to manage. You can use either so try both and if one is obviously much better than the other, for your dog and you, then that’s the ideal choice.

When you introduce your new puppy to his collar, play with him or give him food or treats so he links something that’s pleasant with the wearing of a collar. Most puppies will scratch and rub the collar but it’s imperative that you don’t take it off. After a while, your puppy will get so used to it that he’ll forget he has it on.

Once he’s comfortable with the collar, the lead is next. Choose a lightweight lead made of fabric or nylon instead of leather or chain as it won’t irritate as much. Allow your puppy to smell his lead. Then clip it to the collar and let him walk around, watching in case he gets caught up on something. After he feels comfortable with both, grab the handle and then you can walk him inside.

Only do this for short periods in the beginning, not letting him pull against his lead and praising him so he starts to understand that this is good behaviour. Then you can walk him inside your home and even out in the yard.

Positive reinforcement is essential whenever your puppy is doing what you want. If he pulls on the leash or sits down and doesn’t move, you must stop and call him to you. He’ll begin to learn that this isn’t acceptable behaviour. Walking by your side is what he should do.

The ultimate goal of leash training is that you should manage to walk your dog with no pulling on the leash, from either end. It should be a little loose, letting you both walk at your own pace and enjoy walks without stress. With any training, persistent is the key. The end results will certainly be worth it.

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