How do you teach your puppy to use a leash?

A strap it is one of the essential accessories for a dog. That is why it is so important to teach him to treat it calmly.

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  • When to start
  • Where to start
    • Present your puppy with the collar
    • Before fastening the leash, teach your dog to walk beside you
    • Attach the strap to the collar and release the free end
    • Pick up the leash and try to walk the dog

When to start

Usually the leash training starts at a young age. It seems that there are not so many options when an adult dog does not know walk on a leash and he doesn't know what it is. The exception, perhaps, are the breeds of shepherd dogs, whose "professional activity " implies freedom of movement.

Where to start

A dog's ability to walk quietly on a leash it is a skill that can be trained. And it requires patience and some knowledge from the owner.

  • Present your puppy with the collar

First, let the new object smell and look at it calmly. When the alert state has passed, put the collar on your dog and let him walk with the new accessory and get used to it.

Tactic:

Use a necklace every time I take out walk your puppy. Gradually, you will form a clear association of walk with necklace.

Common mistakes:

Never remove the collar from your dog if he tries to do it alone. Shift her attention, reassure her, and only when she forgets about the hated object, calmly remove it.

It's important to know:

For some dog breeds (for example, Chow Chow) a harness is preferred over a collar. This is due to the structural characteristics of the animals: they easily come off the collars.

  • Before fastening the leash, teach your dog to walk beside you

This is one of the important points of the training, which is due to pay special attention. The dog you must execute the commands "near ", "to the leg " and "to me " without hesitation and from the first time.

Tactic:

Train your puppy what for follow orders before you start taking it outside. Use treats for this: first say the command and show the dog a treat. Little by little, you will get the dog to respond to the command without showing the treat.

Common mistakes:

Don't yell at the dog. Your task is to do your command the first time. Yelling, repeating, or punishing will only slow down the learning process and cause unnecessary stress for the dog..

  • Attach the strap to the collar and release the free end

Let he dog feel comfortable with the new theme.

It's important to know:

To the puppies They love to play. The strap must not become a toy. Do not allow our dead dog on the leash.

  • Pick up the leash and try to walk the dog

Tactic:

The strap should hang freely, but if necessary, you can always put a little tension on it, thus showing the dog that you are in control, not him.

Common mistakes:

Do not jerk or pull on the strap. The dog should not feel obligated.

In the beginning, when walking on a leash, the dog may be stressed. In this case, try to walk a little ahead of her, demonstrating in such a way that you are in control of the situation and that there is nothing to fear.. Don't pull the dog if it refuses to walk. Shift the puppy's attention and then calmly direct it in the direction you want.

Patience and tranquility are your main allies in raising a suitable and obedient dog.

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