Do you have a brand new puppy that you want to become a well behaved adult dog? You can get a head start on that by beginning the leash training of your puppy very early on. My new puppy learned how to walk on his leash at only 6 weeks old. At 8 weeks old, my puppy walked with his leash like he’d been doing it all his life.
If you use this easy method you should get very good results without causing the puppy any anxiety. I have seen other puppies and dogs that hate the leash, and get scared just at the sight of it. That is probably because their first exposures to leash training must have been stressful and negative experiences for them.
If you want to know how to begin leash training your new puppy with only positive results, just try the easy techniques that I used to get excellent results.I start the leash training of my puppies this way, and they never undergo any negative experiences with the leash. As a matter of fact, they get happy at the sight of the leash, since that means they are about to take a walk with me.
- Start by putting on your puppy’s flat collar-don’t use the choke collar for this. The puppy should have no problems with the flat collar being put on. After that attach his leash, but let it just trail behind him. You won’t need to keep ahold of the leash at this point. For the first sessions with the leash, let the puppy walk around the house or yard while he does his thing. Try to walk close by and make sure his leash doesn’t get caught up on anything. As long as the leash remains unobstructed, the puppy probably won’t even pay attention to the fact that he’s dragging a leash around.
- The following leash training step starts after the puppy is accustomed to cruising around dragging his leash along. You can now pick up your end of the leash, keeping it slack at all times. Without trying to control the pup, walk along with him as he checks out the yard. Begin the next step in leash training after your puppy is very used to walking along with you on his loose leash.
- Now your puppy is reach to learn walking with you without pulling on the leash. Use treats as a reward to encourage your puppy to learn a loose heel while you walk together. Put the reward in your left hand, so the puppy learns he wants to be close to your left side. The left side is the side he will be when he learns to heel. Use a happy voice to call your pup over to your side and give him lots of praise and a treat reward for listening. Be sure to reward the puppy each time to positively reinforce the right behavior.
- If the puppy is distracted, gently tug his leash when you call him to get his attention and display his treat to him.
- Once you have his attention using a happy tone of voice he’ll come over and you can reward him for listening. It won’t be long before he gets the idea. Even at 6 weeks of age, puppies are already in the learning zone. Stay calm and don’t get frustrated as you begin leash training your puppy. Don’t make it an unpleasant experience for him to learn. For leash training your puppy, or for future obedience training also, be sure to train your puppy using positive reinforcement training techniques. If they are having a good time, your puppy or dog will learn their training much more quickly. This seems to apply to people too.
- Continue the training several times a day until the pup is comfortable walking alongside you with his leash loose. By the time your pup is comfortable walking on a loose leash, he is halfway there to learning how to “heel”. It should be as easy as that. If you have followed this easy plan, you should have nothing but fun when taking your puppy for a walk on his leash.
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