by Andrew Garcia
Jan 04, 2023
2 minute read
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Give Your Dog Time to Get Familiar with The Leash
- Start Using The Leash Indoors
- Reward Good Conduct
- Avoid Pulling
Experts recommend more outdoor time for dogs and their owners because of its numerous benefits. It helps with a change of pace while keeping you and your pet refreshed and happy. In addition, training your dog to walk on a leash will make your time outdoors smooth and productive. If you are unsure how to start, this blog has provided a few tips to help you train your dog to walk on a leash.
Give Your Dog Time to Get Familiar with The Leash
If you are introducing your dog to a leash for the first time, it is best to allow him some time to adapt to it. You can leave the leash around to enable your dog to discover and familiarize itself with it. It starts with sniffing and biting, followed by other forms of play. When your dog is familiar, put the collar part on him but without the leash. Withdraw the collar if you sense any form of resistance from your dog. If there is none, give him some treats as a reward.
Start Using The Leash Indoors
Yes, a dog leash is designed for outdoor use most of the time. But it is best to start the training indoors. Introducing your dog to a leash in familiar surroundings keeps them relaxed and more open to learning. The first task is to make your dog comfortable enough not to reject the collar. After this, you can take it to the next step by putting the leash on him and walking him around the home. Make sure to reward your dog if he cooperates throughout the process.
In cases where the dog is uncooperative, it may be due to the leash you have. If you have a leash that is too heavy, it may work differently than planned. The PAWAii multi-use leash and collar set has a combined weight of less than 0.3 lb (0.085 lb collar weight and 0.2 lb leash weight). It is designed to be lightweight, which makes it excellent for casual outdoor walks and traveling.
Reward Good Conduct
Lure your dog with an irresistible treat when introducing the collar to him. You should maintain the same strategy when attaching the leash to the collar. The best way to get your dog to cooperate is to combine verbal rewards and treat rewards. Praising your dog makes him realize he is doing well, thus improving his confidence. Do not abruptly stop the reward even if your dog is now used to the leash. You don’t want to make your dog feel like he is doing something bad.
You can build on such a positive connection to teach your dog to stay by you. Watch your dog when you take a tiny step; if your dog takes a step in the same direction as you, no matter how tiny it is, praise and reward him with a treat. Drop the treat right next to your leg at their head level.
You should avoid pulling your dog with the leash, although pulling is natural for dogs. Pulling gets them to the desired destination at their preferred pace. It is essential to understand why this is happening. The length may be the issue in some cases. That is why we recommend a retractable dog leash for most owners. The PAWAii leash and collar set has a length range of 3.5 ft and 6 ft, making it easy to use for both the pet and the owner.
It can be challenging to break the habit of your dog pulling on the leash. Therefore, you must make him understand that the behavior is unacceptable right from the start. The easiest way to enforce this is to stand still while he pulls the leash. Breaking this habit will require much consistency from you. You must stay on course until you can put an end to the pulling entirely and get your dog to walk by you instead.
The most effective method differs for each dog when it comes to leash training. Therefore, it is vital that you find the most suitable training method for you and your dog. Then, if and when you find one, stick to it for as long as it takes to get your dog to walk the way you desire.
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