Leash feels really unnatural to puppies. It takes a lot of time for a dog to truly gets used to it which is why this training needs to start as soon as possible.
Bear in mind that you have to keep a dog on a leash not only so it doesn’t stray away but also for safety of others. You cannot allow a puppy to go unchecked as you never know in what kind of a trouble it can get. If a puppy is aggressive, it can even hurt someone which is the last thing you want.
Luckily for you, there is a good way to teach a dog how to walk on a leash. As long as you follow these tips, your puppy will learn the basics in no time. Read on!
- Start on time
Like any other type of a training, leash training needs to start as soon as possible. If you wait for too long, it will become harder for a puppy to adopt the rules.
- Be consistent
Consistency is the best way of developing discipline. And that’s what’s leash training all about: being disciplined enough to stay on a leash and walk properly together with owner. Whatever you do, make sure to repeat it each time in the same manner. This is especially important if you have several puppies in the litter. They will notice if someone is getting a preferential treatment which may lead to trouble later on.
- Don’t use violence
Inexperienced owners tend to get frustrated with puppies quickly. They think that discipline can be instilled with beating and cannot understand why it takes so much for a dog to adopt certain rules. First and foremost, keep in mind that every puppy has different character and intelligence. Training one dog is not the same as training another. While you might think that a slap on the back is a good disciplinary measure, it is much better to avoid it. Such actions can only lead to trauma.
- Start at home
Leash training is a bit specific in comparison to other things that dogs learn. It is connected to social behavior that will exhibit itself in presence of other people and dogs. So, you have to be prepared in advance. Best way to go about things is if you start doing leash training at home. Find an empty space in your apartment or house where you can do circles. Put a harness on a dog and start practicing for a week or so. After that you’re ready for the real thing.
- You’re in charge
Dog always wants to run. As soon as you step outside it will start pulling the leash wanting to go faster. Not only is this bad for discipline (as it will behave according to own needs) but can also endanger pet’s life. Pulling can seriously hurt your dog. However, you need to keep in mind that you’re in charge and no matter what, you shouldn’t keep up the pace with a dog. Instead, dog should keep up with you.
- Prevent excitement
Reason why dogs pull on a leash so much is because they’re excited. They simply love being outside. But this doesn’t do you any good. Because of that, you have to find a way to relax a dog. Try going slower, take a break if necessary or completely stop. You can even start walking towards the home if puppy is too unruly. No matter what, try to find a way so that the dog doesn’t control the tempo. This is a daily routine and something you need to do constantly; in that regard, you need to do it the right way.
With these simple tips, your dog will learn to walk on a leash in not time. Be patient, consistent and make sure that the dog understands you’re in command.