Here we shall discuss how to leash train your puppy. The following lines will be very useful when you welcome your puppy a new addition to your family. Once your puppy is around eight weeks old, you can begin leash training. The first thing he needs is a collar or harness that fits your puppy appropriately, never too loose or too tight. You should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your puppy’s neck. When deciding between using a collar or harness, there are few things to consider.
- Does your puppy have any respiratory issues?
- Does your puppy pull when being walked on leash?
Wearing a Collar:
Walking on a leash: Now for walking on a leash, the leash should have some slack. Because when you put pressure on a dog, their natural reflex is to move or pull in the opposite direction. If you
find that your puppy is afraid of walking with the leash, try placing treats along the route you know you will be walking to give him the notion that good times are ahead. That way he learns to focus on what is ahead of him with curiosity and not fear. As you begin walking your puppy, you will notice that your pace will sometimes have to be faster than you expect to retain slack in the leash. The more you work with your puppy, the quicker you will be able to train him to slow down while maintaining the needed slack.
Specific Commands: As you walk around, begin incorporating specific commands for your puppy. Basic commands include sit, stay, and heal, come, run or let’s go. Do your best to remain consistent with your commands and guide your puppy through the learning process. For example, when you say sit, guide your puppy to sit until the command is recognized by the puppy.
When you say heel, make sure your puppy is obeying your command before you start walking again. When your puppy starts to move ahead too quickly, come to a complete stop and wait for him to cease pulling before going forward. Practice this stop and go, never allowing your puppy to dictate your pace. If your puppy continues to pull on his leash, ask him to change directions while saying turn. This while condition your puppy to always look for you for direction instead of him feeling like he can dictate where the two of you go next. I also like to run backwards and then switch to a different direction. This gets your puppy excited about chasing you.
Reward your puppy: Remember to reward your puppy when he does the right thing so that he begins to understand what you are asking him for. If your puppy still is not catching on, try upgrading your treats, practicing in an area with fewer distractions, or working on more basic commands.
Time and patience: Leash training takes time and patience. Both you and your puppy may give frustrated during the learning process. Do your best to avoid tugging. It is not fair to correct them for something they don’t understand. As your dog enters adolescence and clearly knows the difference between right and wrong, it’s OK to give a slight occasional tug on his leash if he insists on being difficult.
Be sure that if you remain patient and consistent with your puppy, he will be leashed trained in no time making your life happier, enjoyable and full of fun.