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Dog Leash Training

Dog Leash Training

As mentioned, training your dog really requires the use of a leash. But how in the world do you get your dog to accept being on the leash in the first place? Fortunately, it’s not all that difficult to teach your dog to not only accept the use of his leash, but to do so properly, correctly, and in such a way as to allow you both to gain maximum effectiveness from its use.

When first training your puppy or dog to walk on the leash, be sure you introduce it in a positive, matter-of-fact manner. A new puppy will take some time to get used to a leash. Let him drag it around for a few days. Then, pick up the end of the leash (trying to avoid tug-of-war games) and walk with him slowly so he gets the idea.

In the beginning, just walk, letting your dog take the lead while you follow. Be especially careful not to yank or tug. Then try coaxing your dog to stay near you by offering treats, and giving him plenty of praise when he does. If he wanders away, don’t pull – entice him back, praising him when he comes.

If your dog or puppy pulls and tries to get away instead of walking, try just standing in one place and giving him a treat. If he walks away do nothing, especially if the leash pulls taut and he tries to pull away. But the minute the leash goes slack, reward him with praise and a treat. After doing this a few times, begin walking. If he starts to pull, stop immediately and wait for the leash to go slack, then give a treat and praise.

Another method to entice your dog to walk is to use the “carrot and stick” method. What you do is put some peanut butter or other treat on the end of a stick and hold it out in front of your dog. When he starts to walk, let him have a taste. If he stops, or starts to pull away, don’t yank, but entice him again with another treat.

There are other techniques you can use, but as with all dog training, remember to keep it positive, praise good behavior while ignoring bad, and always remember to be consistent and persistent. With a little time, patience on your part, and plenty of treats and praise, your dog should be walking happily and well on the leash in no time.

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