Training your puppy to walk on the leash should be done gradually and in staging just like any other form of training. Some people put a dog collar and leash on their puppy and walk out leading door and expect their puppy to just trot along beside French bulldogs for sale near me them. You wouldn’t tell your puppy to stay and walk across a busy roads and not expect him to follow you. Leash training has to start at home either inside or in the backyard and it should be done slowly.
How do i get my puppy to wear his dog collar and leash?
Buy a very light weight dog collar and leash for your puppy. Even if he is going to be a large dog, start with a dog collar and leash that won’t be too heavy and won’t upset him too much. There are many different designs available from your local pet shop.
Put the dog collar on loose enough so that it is not eradicate against his neck and tight enough so that it can’t be pulled over his head. Let your puppy get used to the dog collar. If he starts scratching at it, make sure he understands not to with your voice (use a gruff and sharp sound) and redirect him onto something positive like a toy or a game of ball. Attach the leash and just your puppy drag it around with him. Do not leave your puppy on his own with the leash attached in case he comes to some harm.
When it is feeding time, clip your puppy’s leash to his dog collar and hold it above the garden soil while he is eating. Eating is always an enjoyable time for puppies and insurance firms his leash attached he will associate this pleasure along with his leash.
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When your puppy is ready, pick up his leash and lead him home or backyard. Use a high pitched voice to encourage him and slap your hands on your legs. It is best to start this kind of training where there are no disorders. Disorders take your puppy’s attention away from you and what you want him to do. Children, the cat, other dogs and food are all forms of disorders. When your puppy is trotting along beside you, use his name to encourage him. Give him treats to keep his attention for you and to reward him for walking nicely.
When you think your puppy is ready, take him outside. For the first few walks, just walk him top to bottom the street or stay in your backyard. Choose different times of the day when there will be different things for your puppy to get used to. There will be many disorders on the street so you might find that he isn’t paying as much awareness of you. You can either persevere or wait for your puppy to get used to these new disorders or you can take a step back and work on his leash walking inside where there are no disorders.
What if my puppy is frightened when we are out walking?
Many ordinary things that you see every day may startle your puppy and make him scared. These might be loud trucks, teaches rumbling past or even the warning beeps of a pedestrian crossing. Remember dogs have excellent hearing so normal sounds to us may seem much louder to them. Also, your puppy may be pressing things that to him are terribly strange but normal to you. Things like plastic bags moving in the wind or large gone down firewood may startle your puppy. When you are walking for the first few months, be prepared by looking ahead.
Regardless of what has surprised your puppy, it is important that you don’t tell your puppy that it is OK to be frightened and that he does have something to fear. A scared dog will attack if it is under threat and if it can’t attack the actions that has made it frightened, it may attack you. This is called re-direction and happens often with family dogs that were frightened who have never bombarded or bitten before.
It is important to be Cool, Calm and Confident when you are out walking with your dog. He will be looking to you – at the other end of the leash – for guidance. He wants you to make sure he understands how to behave. If you cuddle and talk to him like your story would a child or baby, he will learn that there is something to fear and that he should keep displaying signs of fear. A scared dog could become an aggressive dog if not checked at a young enough age and will bite and attack. You don’t want this to be your dog.
Look directly at your puppy; talk in a firm voice; even pat the medial side of your leg and encourage him to keep walking. If you can’t, hold him in a sit and wait for whatever he is scared of to pass. If you can, don’t pick up your puppy. Let him know by your actions and your voice that he has nothing to fear and that he is safe.
Why is taking your dog for a walk important?
Walking our puppies is one of the most important things we can do and is as important as proper nutrition and providing a safe and warm sleeping area. It is much more than just getting some exercise. It gives your puppy the opportunity to start meeting new people with other dogs, animals and objects as mentioned above.
Give your puppy time to stop and sniff where other dogs have been to the potty. Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and can read lots of different information from just sniff of another dog’s urine. It might seem yuk to us, but they can find out what other dogs are in your community; if they are boys or girls; if girls, whether they have had pups or not; the age of the other dog and substantially more. Dogs are very territorial so once you start taking your puppy out for walks, he’s going to want to know what other dogs are in the surrounding area.
Walking also simulates hunting in the pack. Remember: your dog is closely related to a wolf so he will think and act like one. If you have a dominate dog it is important that you leave the house and go through the gate first when going out for walks. This is one technique used to establish pack leadership in your dog’s mind. When out walking, your dog will want to explore his environment by smelling and seeing and even tasting whatever he can find.
It is not a good idea to let your dog pick up and eat anything he finds in the grass so don’t worry about introducing a ‘leave’ command when you’re out walking. It is best to take your young puppy out for short walks more often than one long walk. They do become tired very quickly and you don’t want them to resent acquiring a walk.