Teaching a puppy to walk in a harness with the leash can be a challenge. Everything for your puppy is new in his world. He is learning all kinds of things about his new environment and ways to do things. Adjusting to a new home is one thing. Learning to walk in a contraption that holds him in place brings a completely new level of companionship to you and your dog.
Putting your puppy on a harness will train him not to pull on the leash while on walks together. A harness could also keep your little guy safe on a leash. Strong pups could pull so hard their necks could be injured or they could pull their owners down. If you are unable to control your puppy, a harness is a great way to gain control and keep you both safe.
When you train your puppy how to walk on a leash using a harness, consider his size. Small dogs do well with a harness that clip to the leash on the back while large dogs might be more in your control with the harness clip on the chest. Be sure to research harnesses and your dog’s potential size before procuring your harness. Your strength might play a factor in which harness you’d like for your pup. Also, consider how the harness is worn and put on the dog. A small dog might be able to step into a harness, but it might be easier for a larger dog to wear one that goes over his neck and snaps around his belly rather than stepping in. Once he’s attached to the harness and leash, you’ll need to teach him to walk using the leash and harness.
Before you start, be sure to have your harness and leash on hand and ready for use. Your puppy will respond well to treats. This harness training will be similar to leash training, so be prepared to take short walks at first and move toward longer walks as he gets used to the harness. Focus on positive rewards and motivation with treats.