The leash is not a natural thing for the dog, but unfortunately, it often does not work without it. Read here how to get your dog used to the leash.
Even as a puppy, a dog should get used to walking on a leash. Even if it is not always easy to convince a young dog to use a leash, it is still necessary. In many places, there is a leash obligation. Read here how your dog gets used to the leash.
Properly leash the dog
Before the first lesson, you should let your dog romp around extensively. Have a treat ready to give him immediately after he is leashed. So he’s still chewing while you attach the leash. In addition, he will associate being put on a leash with a positive experience.
The right place on the leash
First, match your pup’s speed so the leash is slack. Talk to your pup so he’s focused on you. If he refuses to move forward, stop too. and entice him with a treat. If he charges, give him a quick signal (either name or shout “Look here”) to get his attention.
Then turn around and go the other way. At first, he will want to charge again. Do not give in to this urge, but repeat the process described a few times. The dog will realize that this is not the way to go. As soon as he walks beside you on a loose leash, give him lots of praise. So he realizes that this is the only right way for him.
A short, effective workout
The first walk with a leash doesn’t have to belong. A few minutes is enough for puppies. After 15 minutes, even an adult dog can no longer concentrate.
However, never untie the leash until you’ve reached a few “heeled” steps. In general, only practice with your dog when you are in a good mood yourself. Since you transfer the mood to your four-legged friend, a bad mood can be a hindrance during training.
Puppy bands – playful acclimatization
The four-week-old puppy should already be accustomed to wearing a soft collar at the breeders. The bands achieve an educational side effect: the unfamiliar collar becomes a natural accessory for life.
When playing with each other, the puppy also registers that a pull on the collar restricts freedom of movement until the wearer gives in and follows the pull. In the eighth week of life, when the puppies are allowed to take their first walks outside, a real collar replaces the puppy collar.
Harness or collar for the puppy
A harness is particularly recommended for puppies, as this exerts the pulling force on the chest, which is strong and strong in dogs. This should be individually adapted to each dog because even an ill-fitting harness can cause pain and poor posture.
If your dog can walk without pulling on the leash, a collar is also possible. Choose one that neither presses on the larynx nor rides over the head at the slightest resistance. Well-padded leather collars should be so loose around the neck that they can easily fit two fingers between them.
The right leash for your dog
You have to calculate the ideal length of the leash yourself: the dog should be able to walk a full dog’s length in front of your knee without the leash becoming too taut. The holder lies in your loosely hanging hand. Retractable leashes (flexible leashes) with an automatic stop are not suitable as a training accessory because the dog learns that pulling on the leash leads to success, namely to a larger radius of action.