Leash Training Basics For You and Your Dog
Make Walking More Fun For The Both Of You
If your dog moves from the “sit – stay” it needs to know that the walk will be delayed until it is calm again. Do not give in and your dog will quickly learn that the walk does not happen until it is calm.
While walking, every time he or she begins to pull or lunge, just simply stop and make him or her sit again. When he or she is calm again, give calm praise and quietly move forward.
Introduction of a collar (or harness) and leash.
If your dog (or puppy) has never been on a leash or had a collar on this should help.
You will need to start out by letting your dog (or puppy) get used to. Place it on the ground near him and let him get used to seeing and smelling it. When they are used to it, you can then let him get used to wearing it. Let him wear it for short periods of time at first. Then remove it, praise him or give him a treat.
You may have to begin with only a few seconds at first. Give praise if he doesn’t react poorly to the experience. Your praise should include something like: “Good Dog, that’s your collar (leash).
Remember. Foreign items may frighten your dog at first. If this happens just lay the collar or leash back on the ground and let him get used to it again. Once they are used to it, you can start again. Don’t be in a hurry. The time you spend will pay off.
Over the next few days you should slowly increase the time he wears it until he is oblivious to it. This should only take a few days if you practice 6-12 times per day.
Feel free to play with him and giving him treats during the time he wearing it. He will learn very quickly to love this time because it represents fun and treats.