How to Leash Train Your Dog

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Some owners do not take their dogs on as many walks as they should because they cannot keep their pets under control. Dogs are not born with the knowledge that they shouldn’t pull ahead or lag behind. You need to teach them how to walk nicely on leash.

Choose the right collar and leash

Of course, you need a collar and a leash to get your dog walking on a leash. With a wide variety of collars and leashes out there, you might find it difficult to choose the right one for your pet. For a young pup, get a light leash and a light, flat collar.

Take one step at a time

If you have a puppy or an adult dog who has never been leash trained, we recommend that you take it one step at a time. Make sure that the dog is accustomed to the collar. Attach it when he wants to go outside or when there are other things that will occupy his mind. He should forget that he’s wearing a collar once you start playing or interacting with him. Remove the collar only when the dog is not trying to get out of it.

Give the command

It would be impossible to train your dog if you don’t go out there and practice the walk. Start by letting the dog stay on your side. Choose a word or phrase that lets him know what is expected of him. You can say something like “let’s go” or “with me” and then start walking.

Stop and go

If your dog makes an attempt to pull you, stop immediately and stand still. What you want to do is to tell the dog that pulling on the leash is not good.

Treats for training

Teaching a dog to walk on leash requires a lot of treats. Praise or reward the dog with treats when he isn’t pulling. This will give him an idea that he is doing the right thing. Be sure to give him treats only if he was able to walk at your side for 15 to 30 seconds.

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