Who Is Walking Who – Leash Training a Puppy

This page will give an overview to leash training a puppy.

First things first, getting the pup used to the big, bad collar. It is such a common site, that we often forget that a collar can be a shock to the newbie. Make sure the collar fits and is comfortable. For a pup you should have something that is lightweight and nylon with a buckle or snap. You can upgrade to a harness or choke collar once the pup is older.

The benefits of each will be addressed in a later segment. The puppy will mostly likely react to the foreign object around their neck, by scratching at it like a bat out of hell. Don’t be alarmed. Best thing to do is distract, distract, distract.

Place the collar on when the puppy is eating or playing, so it is the least of pup’s worries. If the puppy continues to obsess over the nasty collar, do not remove it. Just like a little kid that gets away with something, the pup will thinking that he/she has won the fight.

Although, collars should be removed when placed in the crate. Remember those small quarters pups are suppose to be in, this can increase the chances of puppy’s collar getting caught on the slats of the crate.

It may take a few minutes, a couple hours or days for your pup to sport that new collar with no problem.

Now the second feat, is adding the leash – you know that one you are suppose to be using to take them to that special spot in the yard? Just like the collar, leash training a puppy can be a new adjustment. It is not ideal to start with a full leash. This can overwhelm the puppy and often frightens it.

A great place start is to tie small rope to the collar. Make it proportional in size to your pup- long enough to follow behind or to be played with but not super long or heavy. Goal here is for the pup not really to notice that this silly thing is attached to it. Rinse and repeat so to speak, working your way up. A nifty little trick for this to re use chewed leashes.

I know I said a bad word – chewed. But, in all honesty is will probably happen. Those short little stubs are prefecto for this task- without the worry of another ruined leash. And of course, I got something up my sleeve to help aid in the leash re-leaf! Hello tug-of-war rope. Even when out on a walk, give the pup a small tug-of-war rope and let it hold it in its mouth. This fulfills the sensation of having something in the mouth while not destroying your leash.

Helpful Hints When Leash Training a Puppy

So, lets say you have worked your way up and the puppy is fighting the leash. I mean full on combat – biting, body twists, yanking, etc and you’re at your leash end with this whole leash training your puppy.

1. Call your puppy by name (although you may still be working on that little snit bit of information). If that doesn’t work make whatever cheesy sound you use to grab the pups attention- this can be the kissy sounds, a whistle, clapping hand. Whatever works for you.

2. Pull in the loose leash. The more slack it has the more room the pup has to continue its thrashing.

3. This is important in regards the the previous. Continue to gather up the slack, but only the slack- DO NOT PULL!

4. Once at your side praise, praise, praise and reward with treats. Ice cubes make for splendid treats- cheap and pups love the crunch they make!

All puppies are different and can react to leash training in their own, personal way. Please feel free to share any successful techniques you have had with your puppy in the comments section, below.

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