If you are a soon-to-be proud pooch parent, you’re probably looking forward to smelling that puppy breath and cuddles. You should however start thinking about training, housebreaking and walkies too by this time. Being fully prepared for the arrival of your new fur-baby is very important to ensure both pooch and parent can adapt easily.
In this post we focus on how you can train your new puppy to walk on a leash. You are probably wondering what leash and collar would be best. We’ll take a look at a couple of options first.
In the world of leashes, you can decide between a regular and a retractable leash. The most important thing to look for is a leash that can last and that won’t snap the first time your pup goes running. The size and thickness will also depend on the breed of dog you get.
There are loads of different types of collars to pick and choose from. What you end up buying will depend on your dog’s temperament and breed.
The stock standard, regular collar is just that. It works great with the majority of dog breeds.
A martingale leash is great if your pooch likes pulling while walking. It’s great for any breed and you won’t have to worry about them being choked.
Also called a head halter, this type of collar gives the owner more control when going for walks.
A harness is perfect for smaller, stockier breeds. You’ll have more control, and they won’t get choked while pulling.
#1: Getting Used to the Leash
First, you’ll have to get the pup used to the collar. Put it on and let him run around with it, allowing him to get used to the feeling of something around his body or neck. Once he’s used to that, you can introduce the leash and let him get used to it.
#2: Indoor Walkies
Once your pooch is used to the equipment, you can take him for walkies around the house. Be sure to make use of positive reinforcement if he’s not pulling and reward him with treats. You can also start training him to ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ while getting used to walking around with a leash.
#3: The Great Outdoors
As soon as you and your pup are confident with walking with the leash, you can head for the park. Your pup might be extra excited and tend to pull. If this happens, gently pull the leash towards you and say ‘no’. Repeat this and reward good behavior until he’s gotten used to walking on the leash in the great outdoors.
This is the perfect time for you to bond and create a special relationship between you and your new best friend. Remember that it takes a lot of time and patience to train your pup. If you need some more tips on buying a collar and leash, read Cesar Milan’s guide on choosing the right leash and collar. Have fun exploring the world with your new fur-baby!