Useful Tip:

Make sure your puppy has a light weight collar made especially for her comfort.

Leash & Collar training

puppy laying on leashWhen you bring your new puppy home, there are many skills that you will need to teach her. One such skill that is crucial for your puppy to master is how to walk on a leash. Leash training is important to having a puppy that is well controlled and obedient. You want to avoid having a puppy that is constantly pulling on the leash (collar) and not listening to your commands. Furthermore, you want to make sure that you leash train your puppy now so you can avoid attempting to break bad habits when your puppy becomes an adult dog. You want to keep in mind that your pet does not need to follow a specific time table when learning her new training skills but will learn them in her own time. Remember that your furry companion relies on you the pet owner to clearly and firmly communicate what is expected of her. Therefore, you want to be consistent with your leash training method and your collar training method, so that she can understand which behavior is correct and which is not. You want to make sure that your puppy is comfortable wearing a leash and a collar, so that when you and your pet go on walks, you can focus on making them fun and pleasurable. The following will provide you with the basic collar and leash training requirements that your puppy should have.

Collar training

Leash training involves multiple steps.  The main step is getting your puppy used to wearing a collar.  Like any new item you introduce to your pet, you will find that she will display curiosity towards it.  Once you have placed the collar on your puppy, you will see that she will paw at it trying to loosen it or roll around attempting to take it off.  When this occurs, you do not want to remove the collar.  Instead, you want to leave it on until your puppy has calmed down and has become familiar with it.  It is preferable to place the collar on your puppy when she is engaged in another activity, such as playing, so that her attention is not fully on the collar.  One way to help your puppy grow accustomed to the collar would be to purchase one that made of leather because not only is it light and comfortable, it is also durable.  You will soon find that the collar no longer intrigues your puppy and you will be able to leave it on all the time if that is what you wish to do.

Leash training

Once your puppy no longer cares about the collar, you can introduce the leash. Once again you want to make sure you purchase a leash that is light and durable.  First let your puppy inspect the leash by touching and smelling it.  You will find that your puppy will try to chew and bite on the leash.  This is a bad habit that you want your puppy to develop; there are basic dog training techniques to correct this chewing behavior.  If you encounter this problem, check out the information we have made available on how to stop dog chewing behavior.  You want clip the leash onto the collar and let your puppy roam freely around the house or apartment for a short length of time, about 45 minutes to an hour.  You want to increase the time interval in which she wears the leash until she does not pull away or paws at it.  She will eventually be able to wear the leash for a long period of time comfortably and will pay no mind to it.  At this point, you will able to hold the leash and train your puppy to walk along with you without any pulling or tugging.  Start out by walking around your home with your puppy next to you.  IF your puppy begins to walk faster and pulling on the leash, immediately stop, but do not pull or yank on the leash.  Do not keep walking if your puppy is pulling on the leash.  You are rewarding the behavior you are trying to prevent from forming.  Simply stay where you are and instruct your puppy to come to you by saying “come here,” or “next to me.”  If your puppy has not learned  basic training commands, such as  sit, come here, stay, or down, you will want her to learn these before you start leash training.  If your puppy comes to you, make sure to praise her lavishly.  Be sure to give her treats and many praises if your puppy is walking next to you on a loose leash.

Ready to go outside

Now you are ready to head outdoors.  Your puppy will find many new and exciting distractions once he is outside.  However, the same rules apply in these situations.  You still want your puppy to walk beside you on a loose leash with no tugging or pulling.  If your puppy sits down or stays behind, be sure to stop where you are and call him back to you with the “come here” command.  When she obeys, praise or reward her.  The same applies if she is pulling on the leash.  Resume walking again once your puppy is by your side.  Once your puppy has started going on walks, she will know that once you approach her with the leash that is it time to go outside.  She may become excited and lose control; you must wait until she has calmed down and is under your control so that the walk will also be under your control. 

To have a puppy that is properly leash trained, remember that you must be consistent and persistent.  You must also be patient and realize that your puppy will not learn these basic training techniques overnight.  Take your time and soon enough, you and your puppy will be going on long, enjoyable walks around the park and neighborhood.  Furthermore, your puppy will make friends with other people and dogs.  This will help you have a happy  and socially healthy puppy. 

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