You might think your pup should automatically know how to walk with you on his leash. At least until the first time you try it. This is when you suddenly find out that your pup has no idea how to behave himself on a leash, as he tries to pull your arm out. The good news is that this is one of the easier skills for you to teach your pooch and one that could save his life. The hardest part of the whole experience is that your dog is bound to be excited about being outdoors and want to sniff absolutely everything. Being on a leash and made to walk beside you tends to restrict his movement. This is something he is not going to be happy about.
Your dog should never, let me repeat that, never pull on his leash when he is going for a walk. At the same time, you should never let him pull, you must remain consistent and keep him under control at all times for the safety of both of you. Worth noting is that until your pooch has learned to behave himself fully while out for a walk on his leash, you should consider every walk as a training session. Keep your training sessions fun and short in the beginning, you can work your way up to longer walks as your dog learns to behave on the leash. Training your pup to walk beside you on a leash will require a large supply of his favorite treats, soft ones he can eat quickly so that you can get on with the training session.
Before you get started training your pup to walk beside you, there are a few supplies needed to ensure your success. Among these are: