More often than not, ‘walkies’ are the most exciting time of day for your pup. But it’s important that your dog is trained to walk comfortably on a lead. Especially if you live in a city with dangers like cars and busy roads.
It can be exhausting if your dog has no respect for the lead and is constantly pulling and tugging on it. Well, we’ve compiled a list of 5 simple tips to make it a lot more enjoyable for you and your dog to walk with a lead and collar.
1. Pick the right collar/lead/harness
It may sound silly, but you’ll need to start by buying the right equipment. We’ve weighed up the pros and cons of harnesses and collars so that you can figure out which one would be best for your pup. Start by using a light leash with your pup, forget the extendable ones as they can be dangerous if they unlock accidentally.
2. Getting used to the collar and lead.
It’s completely natural for your puppy to not like wearing a little collar at first. Starting as early as possible is always a good idea. Positive reinforcement is key so give them a toy to play with after you have put on the collar. This way, they will associate it with something fun and it will distract them from trying to pull it off. The next step is to then attach the lead to the collar and continue associating this with playtime.
3. Teaching them to walk alongside you
It’s important your pup understands that he should ‘heel’ alongside you. It’s best to start practising this by using a treat and holding it by your side at their head level, saying the word ‘heel’. Then slowly try and get them to walk alongside you without holding a treat and reward them if they keep beside you for a few paces.
4. Train them not to pull
If your dog pulls on the leash when it wants to go somewhere, you must train him that it doesn’t work like that. When they tug on it in a certain direction, you should stop walking until they turn back and release the tension in the rope.
5. What to do if they refuse to move
The same goes for you – you shouldn’t pull on their lead if they refuse to move. This could cause neck injuries. If they sit and decide not to move, go down on one knee and try use a treat to beckon them over to you.
Just remember to be patient and confident, and to take it slowly. Your pup will get used to their collar and lead in no time and associate them with the joy of going for a walk!
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