How to Leash Train Your PuppyHow to Leash Train Your Puppy

Is your puppy being taught to walk on a leash? Or, let’s be real — are you training your puppy to walk on the leash?

Although leash training is difficult, it’s essential if you want to have fun together on walks and other adventures. You should also learn this skill as soon as your furry friend arrives.

How to Leash Train Your Puppy

  • Make sure your dog is comfortable wearing a collar. Before attempting to walk him, make sure he has mastered the leash and collar. Allow him to drag the leash around his house, attached to his collar. He should be able to walk around the house with the leash attached to his collar.
  • Keep your puppy interested in training by having short sessions in tight areas. Your dog has a short attention span, so you don’t want to expect him to stay engaged in training for too long. Begin with a short walk around your house or backyard, where you are familiar with the smells. This will make him less likely to run off looking for new smells in all directions.
  • Give praise to your dog for good behaviour. If your dog walks alongside you on a loose lead (also called “healing”), give him praise and reward him with a treat. Do not pull your dog. Pulling on your dog’s lead or pulling at him if he refuses to leave a spot can cause injury. Instead, reward him for following your commands and continue walking. You might need to intervene if he’s persistent and get him to walk again.
  • Use a short leash. While it is sometimes viewed as a problem by humans, ensuring your dog is on a leash is essential. It is easier for your dog to learn to walk beside you if there is less space. Once he is comfortable with the basics, you can allow him to take the leadoff.
  • Keep him by your side: As with a short leash and walking with your dog beside you instead of in front, you can control his direction. Dogs will wander off to smell everything if they are allowed to move in front of or behind you. This will prevent the leash from getting tangled under him. You can be gentler with him as he gets more skilled, but it is best to keep him close to you while he is still a puppy. Dogs are pack animals. Dogs will follow their leader if they see you as their walking buddy.
  • Allow him to do his business. For many dogs, a long walk is an opportunity to relieve themselves. Dogs naturally mark their territory and may like to search for the best spot. You can let your dog go if he needs to, but you should not stop walking. Give him more leashes to explore the area and take his business. You can reward your dog with treats or praise once he’s done. This is because you are likely in the middle of potty training. Keep in mind that dogs don’t always urinate at the same time. Some dogs might look for more than one place to urinate. It would help if you rewarded him for marking the first time. Otherwise, he may begin to associate positive associations with marking multiple times. This will make it much harder for him to walk. He will begin to walk better when he realizes that he only has one chance to relieve himself.
  • Choose a pace. Dogs naturally want to be curious, so they either rush to particular spots or stay in their favourite spots. You both need to find a pace that’s comfortable for you. This is where injuries can happen. You can stop if your dog is struggling to maintain a pace. Then wait for him to return to you.

The Right Collar, Harness, or Leash

There are many different kinds of leashes, collars, and harnesses available. What is the best collar, harness, or leash for your dog?

Neck collars, the most popular choice, are a good option for dogs not inclined to pull. Harnesses are becoming more popular and are considered an excellent tool for leash training dogs. A harness will not injure a dog’s neck and windpipe if they pull. Because the harness attaches to their backs, harnesses are less likely to become tangled under their feet instead of the neck, which can spin forward during a walk.

There are many leashes to choose from, which may surprise you. You can find retractable, adjustable chains and adjustable leashes. Some trainers prefer slip leashes to teach a puppy how to walk. It gives the dog more control than a standard leash. A harness or head halter will not hurt or choke your dog if your dog pulls.

You should also ensure that the leash you choose is suitable for your dog. A leash that is too long can cause your dog to gain unnecessary weight. If your dog sees wildlife, he may want to investigate it independently. It makes sense that your leash is an important part of training your puppy.

Stopping unwanted behaviours

Walking with dogs can cause them to have many bad habits. Pulling is one of the most common. Give your dog less leash if he pulls. He will think he can explore more if he is given more leashes. If your dog pulls on you, stop walking immediately and give a verbal cue such as “oops” (or “no pull”). Wait for the leash to become loose before you can continue. You can use positive reinforcement and treats for leash training when your dog behaves correctly.

You might consider walking in a different direction if your dog pulls. This could be wildlife, other dogs, or strangers. You want to avoid injuring your dog or making him believe that pulling is acceptable. You can teach him that he doesn’t have to pull, but he needs to walk faster to catch up. This could make your slow walk into a sprint.

Walk with your pack.

Mychelle Blake, a dog trainer, advises Animal Wellness Magazine that a puppy should be walked alone while he is being trained. Multi-dog ownership can prove distracting and dangerous. It would help if you did not walk your puppy alone until you are confident that he is well-trained and you have a good understanding of his temperament. You can start walking multiple dogs on one lead once you feel confident.

Walking at Night

You will likely have to walk your dog at night at some point. You should be able to give your dog good training tips for walking at night. He is more likely than you to notice things like nightlife and pick up on them. It is not good for him to pull on the leash and make it difficult to locate you in the dark. Keep him close to you and keep him on a path, preferably with light (either a flashlight, streetlights, or a flashlight).

Walking with your dog is a great way to bond. You can strengthen your relationship with your dog’s walking companion by learning how to lead and train him.