Teach your dog to walk on a leash
One might think that walking on a leash is innate for a dog, but it is not is not the case. Walking on a leash requires learning and adapted equipment.
The walks are for dogs a moment of intense happiness! But to prevent it from becoming infernal for the masters, it's better to choose the right dog leash and teach your family not to be afraid of it.
Where to learn to walk on a leash to your dog?
Choose wisely the place to not compromise learning from the beginning. You can very well start in your apartment, in the form of a game. If you have children, they can do it; the dog often accepts better the authority of the children when they can assume it.
The game has the advantage of not stressing the animal, but it must be organized. Then go outside. Avoid, as much as possible, to leave the first time in busy or hectic streets. It is true that the visual and auditory stimulations of the animal, from a very young age, are fundamental for its future equilibrium, but it is not necessary to cumulate difficulties or to associate learning with an unpleasant atmosphere.
The noise of the street may scare him. It must also be "focused" to follow your directions. Passersby, moved by a puppy, often distract him by calling or caressing him. Moreover, they do not understand that you do not appreciate their attitude. The quiet streets allow you to avoid these situations.
Then try the busy streets at rush hour so that the dog can go out without anxiety at any time of the day. The progression of learning in the intensity of stimulation (noise, passersby...) must be slow
How to teach him to walk on a leash?
Always hold the floating leash on the back of the dog: it must never be tense. This will allow you to perform small pulls when you want to bring the animal back to you. The dog should walk close to your leg without ever exceeding it
It should not turn around you and twist you in the leash, or turn around without stopping. Walking on a leash is not a " forced march " but it requires in the beginning a certain discipline. It is advisable to keep the dog always on the same side . This allows him to know where to stand in relation to you and not to go constantly from one side to the other.
You must also get his attention , because he will be distracted by all the noise of the street (even if they are few). Speak to him, follow his name with the order: " At the foot! " If he does not respect his position and passes you, tell him: " No! " and give the leash a little shake to make him return to his place.
If he obeys, congratulate him . If he trails behind, exercise a small pull on the leash to pull him to you. But do not pull on the leash permanently. In order not to turn this learning into practice, teach him these rules in the " pee rides ". This must be done naturally.
You can also tap on your thigh to bring the dog to your departure. Never give up: do not finish the walk with the puppy in your arms. Slowly drag it if necessary. Do not get too far from the house at first, it will allow you to come back easily in case of big fatigue!
So come two or three times a day always presenting to the puppy this ride as a
It is essential for the dog to have a friendly and confident relationship with the leash from an early age, which he must not feel as a constraint. For the dog, the leash must represent the extension of the hand of his master and thus constitute a bond of friendship and trust.
If the first approaches proved traumatic, the work would be all the more difficult thereafter: it is absolutely necessary that the puppy sees the leash as a pleasing instrument and not as an enemy, without considering it as a toy.
Errors not to commit with the leash of your dog
- pull the puppy who does not want to go on a leash
- hit the dog with the leash (even for laughter)
- leave the leash at the disposal of the puppy, allowing him to play with or gnaw ( would we let him gnaw our arm?)
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