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Leash - Lead Training

  • Get your pup familiar with walking on leash or lead as soon as possible.  But first introduce your pup to the collar. The pup may try to get out of the collar so make sure it is secure enough to fit snugly but not choke the pup.  Once the pup is comfortable with having the collar around its neck and has stopped trying to get it off, you can begin with the leash.
  • Before leash training begins, it is highly suggested that the pup is already well trained with the basic commands of come, sit, stay, heel.  You can also play a game of 'follow me' with your pup when very young, always rewarding with praise, affection and of course the tasty treat.
  • Avoid the impulse to communicate through the leash by pulling or yanking the leash.  Use your verbal directives instead. Yanking the leash can cause neck injuries to the pup.
  • It is also highly suggested that you introduce leashing training in a quiet area without much distraction.  The dog park may present to much stimulation for the pup to pay attention.  Once the pup has the basic concept of walking on leash then introduce into the larger world.  You can introduce and even begin walking on leash in your house.
  • It is suggested that you have a word for walking on leash and positive reinforcement for responding to your word.  For example, you have the pup 'sit' and when you are ready to walk, tell the pup 'walk' and off you go.  Then ''good pup''. 
  • You want the pup to walk at your side (heal position) with a little slack on the leash.  If the pup walks in front of you lessen the slack on the leash so that he/she is at your side.  This works concurrently with your "leader status", if the pup walks in front it may give him/her the sense that he/she is in charge.  Which will create a pup that eventually pulls you down the street.  You do not want that to happen.
  • Expect some tugging and pulling by the pup.   When that happens change direction, pup will remember the 'follow me', which really is 'follow the leader'.   Leash walking is like a dance, both partners have to be in time for the dance to work. 
  • As pup progresses you can direct pup to stop pulling against by standing still.  When the pup can not move it should stop the pull.  Then change directions.  Eventually you can use your directive word to put the pup back in line.  Once in line, praise.
  • At the street corner have pup sit.  Treat and praise.  Resume walking. 
  • Keep the introduction to leash training short and constructive.  Be very patient and remember you are laying the groundwork for a long and satisfying life together.  Pup will respect your commands as best as possible so make them clear, concise and to the point.  Remember it is to your advantage to train your pup well as it will pay off big time for your future together.
  • Many people prefer the 'nose' harness to a neck collar or chest harness for walking on leash.  It prevents the pup from reaching down to pick up things from the sidewalk and prevents pup from moving its head away from you.  Which stops the pup from moving toward objects and investigating smells.  The pup or dog may resist it at first but in time they will get accustomed to it.

Pet Supplies Needed

  • Nose Harness
  • Dog collar
  • Dog Leash
  • Treats

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