How do you train a 3 year old dog to walk on a leash? A Comprehensive Guide

Its really easy to get into a walking rhythm with your pup as he or she starts to grow up. Your teenage dog’s natural excitement at going ‘out’ leads to his leading the way and pulling you along for the ride! You might even have an adult dog that never quite got out of the habit of walking his or her dog parent! Here are a few tricks to get your older dog to behave during walks so that you are walking him, and not the other way around!

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How do you train a 3 year old dog to walk on a leash?

Do you need to train your dog to walk on a leash?

Not only are walks a super great bonding experience for you and your pup, but they’re also a great opportunity for you to do some training — and have some fun!

The Dodo spoke to Shelby Semel, head trainer at Animal Haven rescue in New York City, and Colby Lehew, head trainer at Dogletics in Chicago, to find out their best tips and tricks for leash training.

Why Is Leash Training So Important?

If you’re a new dog owner, you may not realize the many benefits of dog walking training — and how not training your dog to walk on a leash early on can create ongoing problems, such as leash pulling and lunging at other dogs and people, when you’re out for walks. Some of the major benefits of leash training include:

  • Safety: Good leash manners reduce the risk of your dog injuring another dog, person, or herself while walking or at other public places.
  • Obedience: Leash training teaches your dog obedience and self-discipline.
  • Stress-free walks: It can be a stressful and unpleasant experience for both you and your dog if she’s out of control during walks.
  • Bonding: Spending time training your dog creates a stronger bond between you and your pup (as do stress-free walks).
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