Leash Training Your Puppy
Some people are surprised to see that when they first get their puppy it doesn't respond well to walking on a leash, but it is important to remember that being on a leash isn't a natural situation for a dog! The good news is that it's fairly easy to teach your pup how to walk on a leash, and the earlier that you can start leash training with your puppy, the quicker you will see results. Being able to walk your puppy on a leash is not only an enjoyable way for you to sped time with your companion; it's also a far safer experience for your dog. The first step to training your puppy to walk on a leash is to get them used to wearing a collar. When you first put the collar on your dog, be sure to take time to feed or play with the so that they associate the collar with something enjoyable. Many puppies will try to rub and scratch against the collar, but you should leave it on until they have forgotten about it. Once your puppy is used to the collar, you need to introduce them to the lead. The best type of lead for a young puppy is one that is lightweight and made of nylon or fabric, rather than chain or leather. Let your puppy sniff the lead, clip it to their collar and let them walk around with it dragging behind them. Make sure to supervise your puppy during this process so that they don't get caught on anything. When your puppy is used to the feel of the leash and the collar, its time for you to pick up the handle. Once you pick up the handle try to lure them to you with a piece of food. Once they get to you give them the food and say "good." Then walk another way and do the same thing, show them the food and say "lets go" and when they come to you feed them the food again. Only do this a couple times at first, then just set the leash back down. Slowly make your sessions longer and longer until you can start walking around. That it! Now your pup should stop trying to fight the leash and walk with you.
If you would like to solve other leash handling issues like pulling, lunging at people, jumping, or just want your dog to learn the basic commands check out our training section, watch the videos of our customers working with their dogs after they have been trained by us, and check our 90+ 5 star combined reviews on google, yelp, and facbook! Just search Rob's Dogs LLC.
I hope this little section helps solve your puppy leash issues! Sincerely, Rob Heiple