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Posted: 22 Jun 2018 11:12 AM PDT wrestlingaddictedmommy.com/2018/06/why-leash-training-is-so-important-for-puppies/
During its life, puppy will go through various training. These processes are necessary so it can learn to coexist in a human society. You will teach your pet how to avoid barking, to walk on a leash, to properly potty etc.
Each one of these skills have a purpose. Although you can teach a dog some other things as well, these ones are crucial.
Leash training is one of the most important among them and I suggest you read this detailed guide by Kaufmanns Puppy Training on the topic. If you live in a big city and have limited space in your backyard, you will likely take your dog for a walk all the time. It will become a part of the daily routine. As such, you will have to be cautious and teach a puppy how to behave. By running around unchecked, your pup may not only injure others but also itself.
Here are some tips that will help you out!
Everything starts at home
Dogs like all animals feel unnatural on a leash. This is no secret.
That doesn’t mean a pet shouldn’t get adjusted to it.
Like any other type of training, it is necessary to start as soon as possible. In fact, you shouldn’t go for walks until puppy learn this skill. While you may allow it to run around the backyard, it shouldn’t be introduced with the rest of the society.
Start by slowly introducing the harness. Dog will most likely resist it but you need to ignore it. There is simply no other way around it. You can simply put a leash on a dog and sit on a couch. Wait for a dog so it gets a bit adjusted to it.
Then, you can start talking short walks around the house. This will simulate the real world experience. Keep in mind there are much more stimuli outside so it is much better to cover the basics in advance. This way you will at least scratch one thing from the list.
The exercise should be repeated for several days. Dog doesn’t have to be perfect at it; puppy will still get entangled and so on. It just has to learn how to walk besides you.
Puppies easily get excited. This is why they become so chaotic when outside.
The very best thing you can do is calm them down. You shouldn’t pet the dog prior to going out and if it goes crazy, take a short break until it calms down. At this initial point it is very important for a puppy to be relaxed as there will be much more things to deal with outside.
At first you might even consider going out during evenings or when there are less people outside.
Predict dog’s behavior
After your first walk you will be able to better assess dog’s behavior.
You will notice whether he lunges at people and passerby. This might seem as a playful thing but still needs to be prevented.
Make sure to have a voice command that can be used in such situations. You can also distract the dog. This will reduce lunging and running.
If a dog starts pulling the leash, there is a simply solution: just stop. Dog needs to know that you’re walking according to your tempo. You need to put yourself in a dominant position from the get go and dog will follow in future.
With these tips leash training will be a breeze.
Always remember that everything needs to be done patiently and with love. Dog shouldn’t be harassed in anyway or beaten but you still have to have a firm hand.