Your Shih Tzu puppy might be small and easily managed on a leash, but leash training him will keep you both safe and give you a lifetime of stress-free leash walks. Even a small dog who pulls on a leash can injure their larynx and throat.
When you train your Shih Tzu puppy to walk on a leash with leash manners with you, he won't pull on the leash tugging your arm, potentially cause an injury to his neck, or chase after dogs, bunnies, or butterflies. Your Shih Tzu puppy comes with an incredible personality. He is a spunky little fella who is happy to please you. Your pup will be a loyal, playful companion. He is outgoing and friendly to people he meets along your walks. When you are walking your Shih Tzu puppy on a leash, he should be able to portray all of his great traits without being rude or pulling on his leash.
Starting fairly early with your Shih Tzu puppy teaching him leash manners will help with additional training as well. You might want to make sure your Shih Tzu puppy is at least eight weeks old before you introduce a leash. If your Shih Tzu puppy pulls at all on a leash, consider a harness and attach the leash to the harness rather than his collar. This will always keep his neck protected and give you better control should he pull and run after something while on your walk together. Leash training your Shih Tzu puppy will also give him lots of exercise, so avoid putting your Shih Tzu puppy in a doggy stroller or carrying him around.
Training your Shih Tzu to walk on a leash will require some repetitive actions and lots of tasty treats. You will, of course, need a leash appropriate for your Shih Tzu’s size and weight as an adult as well as a harness, should you choose to use one. Schedule leash training sessions with your Shih Tzu puppy and stick to your training schedules. Anytime you take your adorable Shih Tzu puppy out for a walk, people are going to want to stop and pet him. It's pretty hard to train any puppy who is distracted by affection so at first, it might be helpful to leash train your Shih Tzu puppy in your house or even in your backyard away from the distractions of the outside world.
I have same problem as Cloe’s owner. I’ve tried tossing treats ahead of him maybe good for 3 tosses. Then he flattens like a pancake! And that is how he stays unless I pull him up by his harness. The only time he really runs (and I mean fast!) is when I turn around and say “go home.” He knows exactly what that means and knows how to go home! So this appears to me to Possibly be stubbornness? I’ve thought about throwing treats in driveway as I say “let’s go” and then turn around with “go home”, and maybe work just on driveway walks to and from the house? I’m at a loss! I’m also going to try indoor play and practice with harness and leash. Take the walking experience back a few notches.
Hi there! Unfortunately this is just something that takes a little time. I know time isn't always the best answer, but it is with young puppies on the leash. One thing you can do to speed things along a little is put some treats in a straight line. Maybe a foot or so apart and let Jack stop and eat each treat as you go along on leash. After a few tries at that, space the treats out a bit. Continue until he just starts walking nicely on the leash.
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My puppy just lays down and doesn’t want to walk with the leash. What do I do?
Very cute!! There are several good methods here: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-beagle-puppy-to-walk-on-a-leash/. Use treats to lure Chloe along. Similar ideas are presented here: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-dachshund-to-walk-on-leash/. It's practice makes perfect. Be patient and keep trying! The Treat Lure Method is explained here:https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-boxer-puppy-to-walk-on-a-leash/. The best thing to do is to practice with her every day, use an encouraging and happy voice as you walk along, and praise her constantly as she walks. Good luck!
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