Leash training 🐶

Walking your dog on a leash should be a pleasant and easy experience. To minimize the risk of unwanted behaviors spoiling the fun, it is vital to start training the puppy early in its life. Teaching the dog to walk properly on a leash is one of the main responsibilities that we play in our puppy's young lives- this is because, in their little world, no leashes exist.

First of all, make sure you are both in a good place before you start. If your puppy is stressed out, it will be challenging to have a successful practice session. A tip is to let the puppy play a little before creating the right prerequisite to start learning. This also applies to you, leash training requires time and patience, so make sure you are feeling good.

Start by getting your puppy used to wearing a collar. A tip is to start with leash training in a calm and undisturbed environment.

In short, the practice is about hindering your puppy from pulling on the leash. This is done by you coming to full top when your puppy pulls to the degree that the leash is fully stretched. This is done to teach the dog that he is not the one to pull you forward and dictate the pace or direction, that is your job. When you regain contact with your dog after having come to a full stop, move forward without stretching the leash. The dog should not pull on the leash. If it does pull, stop again and regain contact. This can be done very naturally by talking to the puppy or playing with it a little bit. Do not move until the puppy has demonstrated that it wants to stick with you. Do not scold the dog if it does not work immediately, do, however, give lots of praise and reward appropriately with treats.

Do not communicate via the leash when exercising. As an example, do not pull the leash to change direction, but instead, gain your puppy's attention with your words. And as I said - use positive reinforcement! One tip is to make sure to associate even fun moments with a leash.

Good luck 🌟

P.S. Does your puppy bite the leash? Rebuke calmly but firmly. You can also try distracting them with a toy or something else fun.

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