Many people think that dogs just innately know how to walk politely on a leash, but this skill is something that needs to be trained. It’s an important skill to teach, and one you’ll value every time you take your dog out for a walk. Dog training expert and AKC Family Dog training and behavior columnist Kathy Santo offers the following tips:
DISCOVER WHAT YOUR CANINE ATHLETE CAN DO
Teaching a puppy to walk on a leash is essential for your puppy to learn and can be taught to your puppy when they’re as early as eight weeks old. Some puppies master leash training quickly, others take a little longer to grasp the concept. Either way, it’s important to remain consistent, positive and above all patient. It’s a common misunderstanding that puppy’s instinctively know how to walk beside their owner on a leash, however, this isn’t the case. Leash training can be confusing for a puppy. They’re not used to the restriction of the collar/harness or the leash and will need to go through an adjustment period before they can be expected to calmly walk beside you, without pulling on their leash. In this article, you’ll learn the fundamentals of training your puppy to walk on a leash, as well as the following:
Pick the Right Leash and Collar
To get your dog walking on a leash you first need a collar and a leash. Sounds like an obvious step, but there are many different types out there. Initially, I prefer a light flat collar and a light leash for a young pup. We can move onto other forms of collar later if required.
How to Leash Train your Puppy!
Leash training is an important milestone in every dogs (and dog parents) life. Learn how to get your puppy walking on the leash in no time, with these tips, for more peaceful walks together.
If you’ve ever met one, you probably know dogs don’t naturally know how to walk on a leash – they have to be trained. It’s important for you and your dog’s safety, as well as that of the people around you. Not to mention the squirrels your dog would be chasing otherwise! Since all dogs have a prey drive which can cause them to run away and get lost, leash training a puppy or dog is essential. Despite what you or your pup may want, a dog can’t always run around off-leash. So learn how to leash train your puppy or dog the easy way.