We have to take our dogs out for a walk, potty trip and playing. But for this, we have to use a leash to walk him. Dogs have to be trained to walk on a leash. So, when you take them out to do their business or for a walk, you both can enjoy a happy walk together.
Many times when we take our dogs out for a walk they may try to run after other dogs or cars. If you own a large breed then it will be difficult for you to handle them well if not trained properly. If they are huge and powerful, they can even drag you along with them.
Thus, it is important to leash train your puppy before he grows. Leash training is not difficult but it is important to do it the right way. This article will be your step-to-step guide on ‘How To Train A Puppy To Walk On A Leash’.
Training Your Dog to Walk on a Leash
Let’s get started, shall we?
Step 1: Introduce him to a collar and leash
Puppies are not used to collar and leash. Introduce him to the collar first. Allow him to get used to the collar. Put the collar when he is busy playing. Start with short periods and keep the collar little loose so that he won’t feel uncomfortable.
Once he is used to the collar, move on to the leash. They may throw tantrums at you but be supportive and give them time to get used to it. Leave down the leash and let him play around. Then hold the leash and call him to you and reward him with a treat or a pat on the head.
Step 2: Be calm and patient
Be patient and provide him with a calm environment to make him like the collar and leash. Don’t yell at him if he tries to run or bark. Be calm and he will eventually be calm.
He will not learn walking on the leash in a day or two. So be patient and encourage him with praises, treats, and love. If he shows bad behavior, just stay calm holding the leash.
Step 3: First Inside, Later Outside
Start by walking him around in the room and house. Let him get used to walking along with you. Then take him out for short trips in the nearby places. Gradually increase the time and take him to new places.
He will slowly learn walking with people and cars around. He may even come across other pet dogs and kids. Be careful and ready to handle any situation.
Step 4: Reward Him
Rewarding his good behavior is a great way for him to understand that what he is doing is right and good. Try calling him back to you and if he comes then give him a treat. Try to use small and easily chewable treats.
- Use the right length of the leash.
- If he tries to run or pull you then stand still and don’t let him drag you.
- Take your dog out frequently for walks.
- Practice walking by changing directions.
- Be consistent in rewarding him and then slowly reduce the rewards.
- Don’t let him pull you, or bark at others, or run after other dogs and cars. Distract him with treats and praises.