Did you know a pet can benefit your physical and mental health? If you have a new puppy and want to learn more about leash training, we can help.
In this guide, we’ll go over how to leash train a puppy. You’ll have some useful training tips to try out with your new beloved pet.
Want to learn more? Keep reading.
Get the Right Equipment
Before you begin training, you’ll want to pick up the right equipment for your puppy. Young puppies will need a snug-fitting harness. If you own a Dachshund, get a Dachshund harness.
The harness will fasten on their back. Make sure you measure your puppy around the widest part of their chest. Your puppy won’t be able to slip out, and the harness won’t be too tight.
Allow your puppy to wear the new harness around the house. Your puppy will begin to feel comfortable wearing it.
Next, pick up a leash that’s four or six feet in length. Attach the leash to the puppy’s harness. Let your puppy walk around the house. They will get used to the feeling of the harness and leash attached as they walk.
You’ll want to attach the leash to your belt loop. Let your puppy follow you as you work around the house. Your puppy will make an association with the leash, harness, and walking with you.
Teach Your Puppy How to Heel Outdoors and Indoors
The heel command is when your puppy walks at your heel or beside you. It’s easier to teach your puppy to heel with a looser leash if you already taught basic commands.
Practice the heel command at home first. Your puppy will stay focused on you because they’re used to the environment. Outside, they will get distracted by the new sounds, smells, and sights.
First, you’ll want to ask your puppy to sit beside your right or left side. Remain consistent with the side you choose. The consistency will help them learn the new walking routine.
Pick a favorite treat and lower it to their nose. Take a small step toward your puppy and say heel. As your pup begins to follow your steps, use positive reinforcement. Reward them with a yummy treat.
If your pup begins to jump around or lunge ahead, reset them to a seated position. After your puppy begins to walk beside you in the house, move the exercise to the outdoors.
You could begin with the driveway, yard, or in front of your house. Choose a familiar location, so your puppy won’t get distracted. Make sure you continue the same heel training routine.
How to Manage Leash Lunging and Pulling
Have you practiced the heel routine with your puppy indoors and outdoors, and they still pull? In this case, your puppy might have gotten distracted.
You should try to reroute your puppy’s focus with a valuable treat. If your puppy isn’t paying attention, call them back to you.
Reward them with their treats when they come back. If there’s a squirrel in the path, go in the opposite direction.
Keep your puppy on a shorter leash with a bit of slack. Your pup will get used to staying in a heel position.
It’s normal for puppies to tug on their leash. Puppies want to pull ahead, sniff, and greet other puppies. Your pup might get distracted by all these things.
The perfect heel will take time, and you’ll need practice in different locations. If your puppy performs a good walk outdoors or at home, they still might pull the leash in a new place.
Your teaching didn’t fail. Your puppy’s excited to get to a new place and needs time to adjust. Give your puppy time to settle before getting their attention or move to a secluded area.
Teach Your Puppy New Commands
If you’re teaching your puppy to walk on a leash, add new routines to their leash training. You can try down and stay, stop and sits, and other commands to keep your puppy’s mind engaged.
This puppy training routine will help your puppy focus.
Stick to Short Training Sessions
Puppies have a short attention span. You won’t be able to keep their interest in training for a long period. If your puppy becomes more easily distracted, take a break from training.
Don’t Forget to Reward Good Behavior
If your puppy begins to walk beside you on their loose leash, you’ll want to praise them. Reward them with a treat.
If your puppy resists leaving a spot, you don’t want to pull their leash. Focus on rewarding your puppy for coming back when you call them.
Is your puppy still not moving? You might need to redirect its attention away from the spot.
Choose a Comfortable Pace
Dogs love to explore new spots while walking. Other puppies want to linger around favorite areas for a while.
Pick a pace that will work for both of you. You don’t want your puppy to lag behind. If your puppy isn’t keeping up the pace, you’ll need to stop. Wait for your puppy to come back to you so you can choose a new pace.
Now You Know How to Leash Train a Puppy
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