Leash Training a Puppy
Leash training to walk your puppy is one of the very first things you will have to undertake with your new puppy/dog. Once you have mastered this, you will be able to take your dog out for walks and you will enjoy his company more.
What is a leash training commands?
It is simply an education of the dog to walk on the leash without being dragged along or jerked around.
Your dog need to become used to wearing a collar. It may take some time for this to happen so you need to be patient with your puppy and constantly reassure him. Praise him when he is walking on the leash calmly next to you. Remember that food is a trigger, so although you want the dog to be obedient on the leash, you do not want him to be scared of it or anxious.
There is no hurry, take your time and you will have a calmer dog walking beside you.
It is very important that you have a collar on your dog for his own safety and that of others. There are many collar sizes and options so feel free to have a general look at them and then choose the one which best suits your dogs neck and size.
Remember that he is going to be bigger as he is now and that he will need to learn to walk with his collar on. You and your dog will benefit from keeping him in a collar for a while.
How to introduce him to his collar and lead.
It is important that you start to walk with him on his leash without having to worry about him pulling or running around.
How to teach your dog to walk beside you
At first, when you pick up the collar take it in your hand. Do not start to adjust it, just let your hand stay on it and sense when it is comfortable.
It is a good idea to have a second person, someone to hold the collar and so adjust it so that it is not too tight. Slip the collar over his head and secure it with the hand clip.
He should soon forget that he is wearing it as he will start to go crazy enjoying the new feel of the cool leather collar.
Repeat this for a few minutes at a time a day, not too long, to start him off in the right direction.
When you start to walk with him, start to walk him back on the leash. If he starts to tug and pull on the leash get him back to sitting and waiting for your call.
It will take a little while before he will start to realize that he is wearing a collar and it is not to be played with.
Once he has started to wear his collar and lead around the house with no problems take him out in the garden.
If he starts to pull and tug at the leash get him to sit and wait for your command to start walking again.
Most dogs will want to walk to the end of the lead so when he feels the pull his attention will naturally stray to the end and he will naturally want to go to that end.
If he wants to go to a different direction and you are not sure how to get him to start on the right track get him to sit and wait for your command to move.
This will take a little while and a great deal of careful attention but it will be worth it. Once he has got the idea of walking to either your left or right turn and staying with you, then it is time to take him out into the big wide world.
If he tries to pull on the leash get him back to the side and wait for your command to continue walking.
In the time that you take to train him to do this, he should start to listen to your commands.
One thing you should watch out for is to get your end of the lead touching the ground on the ground and him being unaware of it. This may take some time and a lot of you telling him to sit.
In the early stages take him out into the garden on the leash and walk around and then when you feel that he is alert enough to start walking,tips your hand up with the intention of signaling him to change direction.
He may try to pull on the leash, don’t let him, keep telling him to heel, he may get fed up and stop paying attention. You should keep the both of you walking for about 50 yards before you release him and tell him he’s done a good job.
Make sure you are letting him know that he cannot pull or step out of the collar. Once again, make sure he is wearing a harness and it is tied so that he cannot pull it.
Make sure he knows that he must slow down to your speed and he will not go faster than 4 Good looking at you and re-enforcement of the heel position.