Leash training is considered to be one of the first things your puppy needs to learn. Educating your young pup how to behave on a leash may seem a hard task, but you will need to remember that after training a puppy to walk on a lead they are a lot safer and much more controllable. This also means for hassle-free dog walking sessions you can look forward to and enjoy.
Step 1: Once your puppy arrives at his new home try getting your young puppy acquainted with a collar and making him at ease wearing it. You should use a basic light weight collar just for this task. In order to distract your pup from being irritated with the collar, consider putting it on him while you are feeding him or as you are playing. Remember not to take it off when he attempts to remove it or scratch it off. Once your puppy seems to calm down and forgotten about the dog collar, it will be an ideal time to remove it.
Step 2: And once your puppy is adjusted to wearing his new dog collar, you can now introduce the leash. Just like you did when putting on the collar, make him comfortable with the lead first, show him the lead is not something that should be terrifying. Again, you may use a light weight, slim leash for this step. Wait for your pup to become properly leash trained before buying him a fancy leash, this could save you lots in case your leash training is just not that successful. Clip the leash onto his dog collar, allow your puppy to look it over and then let him drag it around the house, a bit like a new toy. Your pup will forget about his new lead after a little while. Put the lead on your puppy each day for a few minutes and let him to wander around on a "loose leash" at first. Do remember to encourage as well as praise your dog on his "leash achievement''. Put this into practice at least 2 to 3 times a day.
Step 3: Once your pup is already at ease in his new dog collar and lead, it is time for you to lead and pick up the other end of the leash. Be sure you make his very first lead training time brief, sharp and enjoyable. If you observed that your puppy loves to follow you while wearing his new leash - make sure that you use this to your benefit. Start strolling throughout the house with the leash in hand and your puppy strolling with you. When he's running with you on a loose lead, offer praises in order to encourage him; you can also pet him and reward him with some doggie snacks. If your pup starts straining on the leash, immediately cease the walking session. Avoid yanking your dog back over to you while using lead for it may leave a bad impression on your puppy. Simply try calling him back over to you and praise him once he comes. Teach your puppy the notion that whenever he pulls on his leash, he will get nowhere. Provide him with the impression that if he would like to continue strolling, that he must be right beside you on a loose leash. Use the same rule for your puppy whenever he sits down while you're walking.
Keep in mind that not all things are mastered immediately. Lead training your young puppy may require time and a great deal of effort. Always be patient and consistent in teaching your pup, for ultimately it will give you a much more fulfilling experience as a dog owner.
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