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Puppy Leash Training

Updated on December 12, 2013

Train Your Puppy To Walk on a Leash

Do you find yourself in envy of the man who is walking happily down the road with his puppy at his side? Are your daily walks a constant game of tug of war? Do you wish that your pet was as well behaved?

You and your puppy need to take a step back and learn how to walk together using a leash. It does not matter if you have a puppy or an older dog with a bit of work and time your dog can be easily taught how to walk properly using a leash.

Puppy Leash Training

Step By Step

When leash training a puppy, the very first thing that you need to do is to get him used to the feel of the leash. While you are in the house with your puppy put the leash on his collar. Do not pick up the leash but rather allow your puppy the chance to investigate the leash and get accustomed to the weight. Let the puppy drag the leash around the house with him for a couple of minutes.

Never leave the animal alone when you are doing this. You do not want your puppy to get tangled or scared. Most puppies will forget about the leash after a couple of minutes. You should practice this a few times before you move on to the next step.

While you are spending time with the puppy, tie the leash to your waist. Do not pull the leash. If puppy starts to move away, call him back to you and offer him a treat. When you are luring the puppy at this stage, it is best to get right down on the floor with him.

After you have done this drill a number of times, tie the animal to your side, and move slowly away from the dog. Call the dog to follow you and reward him lavishly when he responds. If he does not respond, do not pull, rather, move a little further back so that the leash is taunt without pulling.

Work at this drill until the puppy is following you around the house with the leash on. Praise and reward him as he follows you. If he does try to move in another direction stop and freeze. Get down and call the dog. Do not move until the dog is at your side and ready to follow. The goal of this drill is to teach the animal that he wants to be at your side. If he does stay with you, he will get lots of praise and rewards. If he does not follow, no treats and nobody goes anywhere.

Leash walking should never involve pulling. Either by you or the dog. You have to make the dog want to be by your side. As you and the dog get better at this drill, make it more challenging. Walk by one of his toys. Do not allow him to reach the toy or pull him back. Call him back using a cheerful voice and reward him if he responds. Do not move if he tries to pull towards the toy.

Once you and the dog are able to move around the house well together, you can then try venturing outside. Once again, you have to remember that this is a no pulling skill. If the dog does not want to go with you, stop and freeze. Turn your back; keep the leash taut without pulling. Call the dog. It will not take long for your dog to figure out that if he pulls, nobody moves, but if he stays close to you, he gets to keep moving and is praised.

Five Factors to Consider When Choosing a Leash For Your Puppy

The Size of the Leash

Read the label and buy a leash that is the right size for your puppy. You may have to purchase a heavier one as the dog grows. Do not get a heavy leash thinking the puppy will grow into it.

The Fastener on the Leash

Check the way that the leash is going to attach to the dog's collar. You want the clasp to be easy to put on and take off. However you have to make sure that it will not come apart suddenly if the dog pulls unrepentantly.

The Way the Leash is Made

It is best to avoid leashes that are made using glue. Look for a leash that has sturdy stitching. Glue over time may loose its strength.

The Material Used to Manufacture the Leash

Most pet owners prefer leather or nylon. These leashes are strong and durable. They are less likely than other types of materials to cause rope burns and can usually be easily washed.

Fancy Leashes

While these leashes look great you have to make certain that there is nothing on the less that may fall off or be chew off. You do not what to risk your dog choking.

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      spritequeen lm 6 years ago

      Great information! My pup is scared to death of her leash - can't wait to try this on her!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Hello my dear! Ah, each day that our next door neighbors open their back door and let their little doggie run free to chase, helter skelter, our many feral cats who have come for their feeding, gives me paws --er-- pause and makes me think what about a leash. Ah, yes! PUPPY leash training!