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Training a new puppy to walk on a leash

Friday, March 8, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

The first step in getting your new pup to walk on a leash is to start as soon as you get him home.  Get him comfortable wearing a collar before going any further. A simple, leather collar will do fine. Put the collar on your pup while you are feeding or playing with him.  This will distract him for awhile but don’t take it off, let him get used to it and settle down before removing it.  After your pup is used to his new collar, it’s time to introduce the leash. Buy a simple, leather, lightweight leash .Clip the leash onto his collar, let him check it out and drag it around the house for awhile.

Pick up the leash and and walk around the house with him. Puppies usually love to follow you around so use this to your advantage but keep the training sessions short and fun for him. When he pulls or tugs, stop immediately. He has to learn that if he wants to continue walking, he must be at your side at all times. The leash should be loose. If he sits down, don’t yank him. Just call him over and give him a reward when he comes. Start walking again with your pup at your side. Before you know it he’s be ready to go outdoors!

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