If you have a new puppy, wouldn’t you like to know the easiest way to start his leash training? Get an early start on that by starting to leash train your puppy at a very young age. My new puppy learned how to walk on his leash at only 6 weeks old. He was already heeling at eight weeks old like an old pro.
Try this simple and easy technique to quickly get your puppy used to the leash. Some puppies and dogs hate the very sight of the leash. That is probably because their first exposures to leash training must have been stressful and negative experiences for them.
You only want your puppy to have positive results with leash training, so use this simple tip.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.
- Just put the puppy’s little flat collar (not the choke collar yet) on first of all, of course. 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. There is no need to hold the leash just now. Let the puppy walk around the area you have chosen for the leash training without any restraints. Walk along behind your puppy, making sure that the leash doesn’t become tangled in 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.
- After your puppy is used to walking with the leash behind him you can move to the next step. Pick up the leash end, but be sure to not let it tighten up-you still want to keep it slack. Now you can walk with your puppy but let him keep walking along without your controlling him. Begin the next step in leash training after your puppy is very used to walking along with you on his loose leash.
- Next you’ll want to teach him to walk without pulling on his leash. As he walks with you can begin to encourage him to learn to a “loose heel” by having some treats with you for rewards. Put the reward in your left hand, so the puppy learns he wants to be close to your left side. this is because your pup will walk at your left side when it’s time to heel. Try calling your puppy to come to your side offering a treat and lots of praise and affection. Be sure to reward the puppy each time to positively reinforce the right behavior.
- If the puppy isn’t paying attention when you call him over, just give a gentle tug on his leash to get his attention, and let him see you have a treat for him.
- Always call him with a friendly upbeat tone of voice, and give him his praise and treat. It won’t be long before he gets the idea. Puppies at only six weeks old are capable of learning the basics. Be sure not to let yourself become upset or impatient when beginning his leash training. Make sure the experience is a positive one for your puppy. Only use positive reinforcement techniques when leash training your puppy, or with any other training you will be doing later. Dogs will learn a lot faster if you make it fun and rewarding for them while they are in training. This seems to apply to people too.
- Just keep repeating these simple first steps of leash training your puppy several times a day, until your puppy is walking with a loose leash on a regular basis. After learning this loose leash walking, he is well on his way to learning how to heel. That should be all there is to get started with leash training. 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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