Training A Dog To Walk On A Leash

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Training A Dog To Walk On A Leash

by Anthony Lee

It's time to give your pet dog a debut and let him see the outside world. He has successfully learned to obey common commands such as 'sit' and 'come', giving him the passport to go to the next level; thus, it's now time for you to learn how to train your dog to walk on a leash.

Choose the best dog collar that you can afford. Your first concern must be your puppy's comfort. A collar with spikes is naturally uncomfortable. Choose one that fits just right with your puppy's neck ? it shouldn't be too tight or too loose. Secondly, it must be made of durable but comfortable material.

Start using the leash at home. Constrain your puppy's movements. Let him realize that he should follow you, and not the other way around! Do this several times a day.

It's very important during the early stages of training for you to shower your dog with praise whenever he does the correct thing. Shouting at him for not following you will alienate your pet from you, rather than bring him closer to you.

When he has sufficiently learned his home-walking lessons, it's time to give him the next test: walking outside your home. If you want this to work, you must be patient.

The first time he's allowed to enjoy a walk outside the four corners of your home, he'll find a lot of new things to distract him and forget his discipline lessons.

Don't be surprised then if he seems to regress back to his pre-leashing days. A firmly worded command and the use of treats, however, will ensure that your puppy remembers his hard-earned lessons.

Learning how to train your dog to walk on a leash may be difficult for some pet owners, but what's important is not to give up.

This is a very crucial lesson for your pet dog to learn, so if it's necessary, don't hesitate to hire a dog trainer to teach your dog this lesson for you.

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