When you first started thinking about getting a puppy, you likely envisioned the magical walks that the two of you would go on. Dog and owner, perfectly in sync. You whistling happily while Fido trots obediently at your side. The wind blows gently as you go along, not a care in the world.
Then you got the puppy. It doesn't take too long to realize that canines aren't born with a love of the leash. For some, it's a bit of a chore to get your pooch on lead. For others, it's a downright battle. So how do you get from leash pulling misery to jolly jaunt?
It's no doubt frustrating to see the oodles of happy pups and owners out for a walk on your street each and every day. But take heart, all of these dogs attest to the fact that it is possible and even probable that you and your mutt will get there.
If you are teaching a young pup how to walk on a leash, the difficulty of your task will depend on the breed of dog you have, and on that fur buddy's specific personality. If the dog in question is older, things may be a little tougher. But even senior rescue pooches can be taught to love their leash.
Being prepared can make the difference between failure and success. To help your pupper learn how to walk on lead, you should have the following:
A Good Leash: It may sound obvious, but to teach your dog to use a leash, you need a leash. But the type of leash matters as well. Your dog's size and the level of control you require impact on the type of lead you should get.
A Proper Collar: For some dogs, a good fitting collar will do the trick. For others, a harness is key. Some trainers swear by the use of prong collars, especially for the stronger, pulley-er breeds.
Treats: Go to your favorite pet shop and buy a big bag of little treats. This way, you can dish out tons of little rewards throughout your training session.
A Clicker: Make learning easier by using a clicker. You can buy the little noisemakers at most pet supply stores.
Patience! You may not see progress in the first few walks. To be honest, you might not even see much after the first few months. But with persistence, you can teach your doggo proper leash manners.
To make your lead training go smoother, pick one side for your dog to walk on. This helps him from tangling himself up around you, and lets him know he has a designated spot.
Below are some excellent ways to help your furry friend learn that walks are the best things ever. See what one works for you, or combine all three!