Leash Training

Leash Training For Puppies

Whether you have brought home a tiny, fluffy puppy or you have recently adopted a new canine friend, every dog-owner relationship requires a great deal of time and effort dedicated to teaching important life lessons and skills. While most people think that puppies are born with the ability to correctly walk on a leash, it is something that needs to be taught.

All dogs, regardless of size or age can benefit from basic training and starting young can provide the foundation they need to stay safe and comfortable when they are outside. Here are a few simple tips to make life easier for both you and your pet!

Before You Begin

Before you begin leash training your new pup, ensure your pup has an appropriate collar, harness and leash that fits them properly. It cannot be too tight that it constricts breathing o movement, or too loose where they can easily slip out.

A harness is usually the best option for puppies as it does not put pressure on their neck and throat, which can be uncomfortable if they pull heavily. Similarly, to reinforce positive behaviours ensure you have a number of high-quality treats. This encourages your pup to act correctly and strengthens their positive associations with outside experiences.

Tips For Leash Training

Here are some top tips for starting leash training with your puppy.

Introduce the puppy to the collar or harness and leash

This is the most important step with leash training. A puppy that is scared of the leash and collar can be hugely resistant to everything else. Start by simply placing it on them in a relaxed environment, such as around feeding time or when they are tired after playtime. Allow them to nibble on treats while wearing the devices without moving around much or pulling on anything.

Teach a cue

Introduce your puppy to a sound cue that means, “food is coming.” This can be the sound of a clicker or a verbal “yes!” Use the cue when they are displaying positive behaviours so your puppy, so they understand that good behaviour = treats. 

Make the puppy come to you

While he’s on his way to you, still wearing the leash and collar, back up a few paces and then reward him when he gets to you. Once they get the hang of this, you can pair this with a cue. Continue the progression until your puppy, upon hearing the cue noise, comes to you and walks with you a few paces.

Practice inside and outside

Now that your puppy understands how to come to you, practice walking a few steps in a room with little distraction. Offer treats and praise as they get used to walking with a leash on.

Once you are confident they are ready it is time to test their skills outdoors. This step hold new challenges, smell and sights that will be new. Patience is key. Keep the first walks short and as they improve, gradually increase the length.

Outside Help From Chapter One

The most important thing to remember with training is that you always want the pup to win. This means no shouting at them if they make a mistake, as this will scare them and could put them off the entire concept of leash walking.

With the help of Chapter One Dog Training, you can teach your pup to walk confidently on a leash. For more information, get in touch today!

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