Top 5 Ways to Leash Train Your Dog

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Doesn’t your pup look absolutely adorable when he is bumbling along in the house?

Now that she is home, its time to start her training to walk on a leash.

Since she is small, it is not advisable to leave her open to roam whenever you take her outside. Besides being dangerous, she may get lost too.

How to Train the Dog to be on a leash

All dogs have to be taught to walk on a leash.  The most important thing about being on the leash has to be the tugging and pulling which dogs usually do. Since dogs love exploring outdoors and are faster than us, training of leash manners can be complicated.

Since leashes contain their natural movements, dogs keep tugging and pulling at it. Few of them want to stop and sniff at everything in their path while other dogs just want to run around.

Walking nicely on a leash is something which the dog has to be trained for. It is relatively easier to train a puppy to walk on a leash than a grown-up dog.

 

Introduce the Leash

Since this is new to them, introduce the lease and the collar to dogs slowly. In fact, you can start with either one first and then introduce the second one.

Initially, you can just let her get used to the collar and the leash by wearing it without the harness.

Play with her in the house while she is wearing the collar. She should associate the collar with fun time!

Teach Cues

Associate food with a cue so she will learn when you are giving her food.

Make a sound by clicking your tongue or talk to her by calling out her name. Make sure you do it when there is limited distraction, and the puppy is on a collar. Now when she looks at you, just give her a treat. Slowly you will watch that she will keep coming to you on her own even without the treats.

Make him walk Paces

Reward her when she comes to you walking a few paces wearing the collar or the leash without the harness. Repeat the pattern till the puppy walks up to you on hearing the cue noise.

Puppies tend to have short attention spans like kids. So, you may have to keep repeating the same pattern until they do it regularly. Short teaching sessions work the best with them.

Play Inside

Repeat the cue and walking pattern inside the house. Now that she understands the signals and reacts to them offer treats as she does it well. She will probably start feeling the leash or the collar and keep walking with it on her neck.

Continue Outside

Yayy!

With sufficient indoor practice, why not take her to the park on Sunday and test out her newfound skills?

With newer challenges like smells and sights that she will take in, it can be a challenge for her to continue with the same level of skills.

Give her time and help her learn at her own pace. With small walks, introduce her to the outside world.

But keep an eye on her all the time. The moment you see her going towards or getting distracted by something, just call out her cue and make a come-hither hand action. She will most likely come to you wagging her tail and do reward her once she does that.

Troubleshooting Time

Since walking on a leash is new for your pup, you may encounter some issues as she learns. There are some tips which you can use to make her learn it well.

Pulling

If she starts tugging at the leash, act like a pillar. Just keep standing in the same place and don’t move till she comes to you. No yanking or dragging will help. In fact, if you yank, she may pull the leash harder, which can soon turn into a tug-of-war.

Head halters and front hook harnesses are your best friend if she doesn’t learn as they are designed for dogs who pull at leashes.

Lunges

Dogs tend to lunge and pounce on things they want to go after. It can be a cat, a bird or even the little boy cycling in the cycling track in the park.

Your best bet will be to try and redirect her attention so that she doesn’t do what she is thinking of doing. Stop the lunge with a treat and being proactive will help to create some space between her and the target of the lunge.

 

Barking

Few dogs even bark at other dogs. This barking can be due to less exercise as well.

Once your pet gets adequate exercise with mental and physical stimulation, she is likely to bark lesser. Dealing with her barking is similar to dealing with lunges, give her a treat and increase the space between her and the target to reward and distract her.

 

With time, you will no longer need treats or jumps to distract her as she will learn quickly. Though keeping some at hand is always great to get your beloved furry friend to walk on a leash happily!!