How to Teach Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

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Learning how to walk on leash is one of the most important skills you can teach your dog. But as with any other type of training, introducing your dog to a leash may require a lot of patience and hard work. But once your beloved pet learns how to behave on leash, walking your dog will be a fun experience that you both can enjoy and look forward to.

Introduce the collar first

It is best to wait until your dog has become used to his collar before introducing the leash. Just attaching a collar can cause some dogs to go crazy or to have temper tantrums. Attach the collar while you’re out on the yard, playing or interacting with her. The collar should be snug around her neck, but not too tight that it is uncomfortable. If it’s too loose, your dog may slip it off.

Introduce the leash

Give your dog some time to get used to his leach. You can’t just put on the dog’s leash and head out the door.

Attach the leash to his collar for about 10 minutes every day. Allow her to drag it around the house, but make sure she doesn’t get tangled in the process.

Practice in an enclosed area

Now that the dog is comfortable wearing her collar and leash, it is time to pick up the other end of the leash.

Hold on to other end of the leash, but don’t walk her yet. At this point, it is important to keep sessions fun and short. Try to lure her over to you. If she comes to you, warmly praise her or give her some highly desirable treats so she knows how happy you are. If she hesitates, do not pull or strain on the leash as it may frighten her. Repeat the process until she starts to walk with you.

 

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