Whether your dog is a warm, soft puppy or a seasoned old-timer, getting them to walk on a leash without issue is one of the many struggles dog owners experience. While it may seem natural to you that your dog should be able to walk with you on a leash, it’s completely unnatural to your rambunctious pooch. Let’s look at a few tips you can try when teaching your dog to walk on a leash.
Let Your Pup Get Used to the Collar
If the dog is pulling too much while using the collar, you may want to try a harness. This sometimes make going for a walk easier and a much more pleasant experience. In some instances, pups are less likely to slip out of the harness if they are pulling or lunging which could also be harmful to their neck. In addition, the harness can give you greater control over your pup’s movements and can make the training process easier.
Teaching Your Dog to Walk on a Leash Indoors
Once your pup is more used to the harness, clip on the leash and take your dog for a walk around the house. You’ll know your pooch is more accustomed to the harness when they stop trying to wiggle out of it or chew on it. You can discourage these behaviors by distracting them with their favorite toy, and you can use this same method of distraction to prevent them from chewing on their leash. Guide your dog around the house for short periods of time, and provide them with lots of treats when they walk beside you without chewing on the leash.
Your Pup’s First Outdoor Walk
Finally, it’s time to introduce your furry friend to the great outdoors. The most important part of taking your dog outside is to be vigilant! Always keep your eyes on your pup to make sure they aren’t getting into something nasty, and keep an eye on your surroundings to make sure no stray dogs or other dangers are lurking nearby. Limit your first few walks to short distances, and give your dog lots of attention and treats when they walk beside you.
Discouraging Negative Behaviors
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