After watching so many dog owners happily walking their dogs on a leash, no one could blame you as a first-time dog owner for thinking dogs automatically know how to behave while they are on a leash. This might hold true--until the first time you try to take your dog out for a walk and you suddenly you have the Tasmanian Devil on the other end of the leash. Fortunately, teaching your pup to walk on a leash is not as hard as it sounds. All it really takes is the time and patience needed to complete the training.
The only thing that can make this training harder is if there are lots of distractions such as cars, people, and other dogs in the area where you plan to train your pup. Your pup wants to check out everything around him and he is not likely to be happy about being stuck on a leash that stops him from investigating his world.
Before we get started, keep this in mind, you should never allow your dog to pull on his leash while you are walking him. This puts him in charge of the walk, which is a situation that is untenable. You must always maintain your spot as the alpha pack leader or you will have a hard time teaching him to do anything.
Think of every walk as your chance to get in another training session and make the walks as much fun as possible. Be sure to use plenty of praise and treats to help your dog master this simple behavior and you will soon be able to go anywhere with your pup on his leash without him trying to pull your arm out of its socket.
Before you start training your pup to walk on his leash, he must have mastered the basic commands 'come', 'sit', 'stay', and 'down'. For this training, you will need a few supplies, including:
As with most forms of training, you need to be patient and practice teaching your dog to walk on his leash daily if you want to be successful.