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Leash Training a Puppy

Updated on October 22, 2012

Leash training a puppy is different than leash training an older dog. It is important that you start with the training when your puppy is young.

This way it will be much easier to make your dog accept the leash and behave properly while on a leash.

You need some effective dog leash training tips in order to teach your dog to walk on a leash without pulling it and biting it.


How to Introduce a Leash


You should introduce a leash to your puppy a few days after he arrives at his new home. It is recommended that you use long and lightweight leather dog training leashes.

First you need to introduce the collar to your puppy. After that, you can just clip the leash on a collar but don't hold the end of it.

You should let your puppy check the leash. Let him sniff it and play with it a little bit. You should supervise your puppy during that time and see how he gets used to his leash.

Now is the time for you to try to hold one end of the leash. You should try to hold the leash for a couple of minutes and do it two to three times a day.

Your puppy needs to get used to the leash and you should introduce it to him gradually. Every day you can increase his time on the leash.

After some time, your puppy will realize that the leash is not a scary object.


How to Hold a Leash


Leash training a puppy takes time and you should spend about two weeks to make him get used to his collar and leash.

After that, you are ready to hold the leash for a longer time. The leash is a kind of connection between you and your dog. It shows that you are in charge and that you are his master.

Dogs are pack animals and they need an alpha leader. You should take the role of an alpha leader and control your dog without any difficulties.

In the beginning, you can attach the leash to your dog's collar and stand in one place while holding the other end of the leash.

Let your puppy move around you and allow him to tug the leash a little bit. But you should not tug back. Just ignore him at the beginning.

Wait until he stops pulling the leash and praise him. You can repeat this training method two to three times a day for several days.


Training Puppies to Walk on a Leash


When you dog is aware of the meaning of the leash and he gets used to it, it is time for you to start walking him on a leash.

You can take a few steps forward and let your dog follow you. You can choose a command, such as "heel" and say it loudly. Stop walking after making a few steps.

If you puppy obeys you and follows you, you should praise him. Your puppy might continue to walk and pull the leash forward.

You should ignore him and stand in the same place and wait until he returns next to your side. If he obeys you, praise him again. Do the same exercise again until you start to control your puppy and he doesn't pull the leash.

It is best to do these training sessions in your house or in other indoor places in order to avoid any distractions.

When you see that your puppy is ready to walk on leash in public, you should take him on a walk outside.


Leash Training a Puppy Doberman


Dobermans are powerful dogs and they have a high urge to play and exercise. It is very important that you train your Doberman puppy to avoid his destructive behavior.

He also needs to learn how to react with people and other dogs while on the leash. A young Doberman likes to meet new people and interact with other dogs.

A puppy Doberman will try to jump on people. This may look cute while he is a puppy, but it can be a big problem if he continues the same behavior when he grows up.

Leash training a puppy takes time and patience. It the basic part of any dog obedience training. It helps you to control your dog and make him behave properly on many different occasions.

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