It can be difficult for your new puppy to get the hang of walking on a leash. Although most of it is getting them used to wearing a leash and collar, they must also be taught that they should be beside you when you go out for walks. Here are some tips for teaching your dog to walk properly on a leash.
Teaching your dog to walk properly
Keep them beside you
Your dog should not walk in front of you. You should keep them beside or behind you at all times during a walk. Walking in front of your dog makes them see you as the pack leader, whereas if they walk in front of you they will consider themselves to be the pack leader. You should be the first one out the door and the first one back inside. You can loosen the leash as a reward, and use the tension on the leash to correct behaviour such as pulling or stopping.
Keep a short leash
Try to give them only as much leash as they need, no more, no less. This will allow for better control and communication. They will have no choice but to walk when you do, and will soon learn that they have to. The leash should not be tight and pulling at their neck, but rather just tight enough that they cannot lead you around.
Get them used to the leash
Puppies will find leashes and collars annoying at first, since it is something that they have to get used to. In order for them to get used to it have them wear it around the house for short periods of time to help them get used to the feeling. Make sure you supervise them during this time!
Make sure they do not pull!
If your dog starts pulling on the leash, make sure you stop and make them stay in one place for a bit. They will see this as a sort of punishment. If you keep walking when they pull they will think that it is okay to do so. Although it can be annoying at first to stop all the time, it will be worth it in the long run!
Reward your dog!
While you are out on walks don’t forget to reward good behaviour. If they pass a distraction without pulling at the leash, or make it the whole walk with good behaviour make sure you remember to reward them. They deserve it and will create positive associations!
Comment below with any other tips that you use when teaching your dog to walk properly on a leash!