Leash Training Your Puppy

Leash training is essential for puppies, and it is not just about walking them. A leash helps you control your dog’s movements and actions during the first year of their training, even indoors. Many people skip leash training for their puppies because they think they are good off the leash, but bad habits can emerge as the dog gets older, making training much harder.

To start leash training, you need to ensure your dog is on a high-quality treat, small enough to keep them interested, soft, and with a pleasant smell.

Most puppies like to bite their leash, which can be annoying. However, you can get your dog’s attention on the treat instead of yanking the leash out of their mouth. Use the treat to get them to think, without forcing them to do anything. Consistency is crucial during training, so reward your dog liberally and frequently, using tiny treats.

Once your dog is comfortable on the leash indoors, take them outside to see how they perform in the real world where there are many distractions. However, make sure that your puppy is appropriately vaccinated before taking them out. During training walks, there is no particular destination; the objective is to get your dog paying attention to you while you’re on the other end of the leash. Be tolerant of your dog’s distractions, change directions often to keep them guessing, and try to get their attention frequently.

Lastly, remember that traditional leash training, which involves popping the leash and creating unpleasant consequences when your dog misbehaves, is outdated. Instead, motivate your dog to want to do something rather than correct them for doing something you do not like. This approach will make training enjoyable for you and your dog with progress being much faster.

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