Even if you have a huge yard and rarely plan to take your pet for walks on a leash, puppy leash training is still important. Remember, you will have to go to the vet, the groomers and other places that will require the use of a leash.
By properly training him starting when he’s a puppy, it will be much easier to deal with him when he is full grown.
Here are some tips to help you have a bit of an easier time with puppy leash training.
Many experts say that this type of collar, which pinches tightly around the dog’s neck when he pulls, should not be used. If proper training is successful, there will be no need for such collars. If, however, you do insist on using a choke collar, never yank on it.
This can be very painful for your pup and can make him afraid of the leash. Obviously, that is counterproductive when you’re trying to leash train. Also, such tugging action when the dog is wearing a choke chain can injure him.
The bottom line is that it is best not to use this type of collar. If you do, do so with extreme caution.
Give Him What He Wants
What is one thing that all dogs want? Treats! Bring several training treats along with you as you work on puppy leash training. The goal is to get the dog to walk by your side rather than walking ahead and yanking on the leash.
The dog needs to learn that this is how he should walk on a leash, and treats are a great way to teach him.
Keep the treats in your hand and every few feet give him one if he is by your side. As the training continues, you can leave more time between treats until, eventually, you can eliminate the treats altogether.
Don’t Let Him Pull
One of the biggest challenges many face when working on puppy leash training is getting the dog not to pull.
When your dog pulls on the leash and it becomes taut, he learns that if the leash is taut, he can pretty much go wherever he wants. You need to teach him that when the leash is taut, he isn’t going to get anywhere.
As soon as he pulls, you should turn around and walk in the other direction. The dog will have to follow. You should do this the very second that the leash gets taut. He will soon learn that the only way he is going to be able to forge ahead is if the leash is lax, and he is not trying to pull you ahead.
Help From An Expert
Some dogs are just more stubborn than others. If you continue to have trouble with puppy leash training on your own, there is nothing wrong with taking him to an obedience class or getting some help one on one from a professional dog trainer.
In both cases, the experts will not only be able to observe what you are doing and saying, but also how you are doing and saying it. Often, it is something as subtle as the tone of voice you are using that could be hindering the success of the training.
Puppy leash training is very important for your dog. The sooner you get started, the easier it will be and the sooner you’ll have a dog that is well-behaved, even when walking on a leash.