Training Both ends of the leash

The Importance Of The Leash

The Importance Of The Leash

The first thing most people excitedly buy for a new dog or puppy is a leash. The dog, however, is usually not so impressed with the purchase.

Puppy’s First Leash Walk

Proud new owners usually can’t wait to take their new arrival for that first walk. They are sure this walk will bring closeness with their new four-legged pal. Everyone who sees them, they reason, will desire to have such a furry friend like theirs.

To their disappointment, within the first few seconds, they realize that the walk wasn’t what they were expecting. This cute new arrival somehow has changed. She has now become an out-of-control lunatic on the end of the leash. The long awaited walk has become an exhausting frightful event.

Different Expectations

Humans somehow believe that a dog is going to enjoy a leashed walk, that the dog feels the same as they do. They are disappointed to learn that the dog doesn’t share this expectation. If you think it out, would you like it if someone put a strap around your neck and started steering you around against your will? Of course not!

Man vs. Dog

The difference between human and canine expectations can lead to frustration and eventually deteriorate the relationship. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Aligning Expectations

Here’s the good news. It’s possible for your dog to learn to understand the leash and look forward to a relaxing walk with you. But it certainly is unfair to believe the dog should not oppose the leash without proper acclimation and training.

How to Introduce a Leash

The collar and leash are not one-size-fits-all tools. They require customization to your dog and your personal style. Here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Leash training takes time, patience, and a calm attitude.
  • Find the proper collar for your dog’s breed and size. A good fit makes all the difference. Start with a well-fitted buckle or flat collar.  If the puppy appears to be irritated by the collar, place the collar on during a time where the puppy is focused on something else.
  • Acclimate your puppy to the leash by allowing the puppy to drag it around the house without anyone manipulating or pulling on it. This must only be done under the immediate direct supervision of a responsible adult. The leash could get tangled on something, which could be unsafe. The initial leash should be light weight. Another way is just to put the leash on and engage in play with the puppy redirecting his focus away from the leash.
  • Next introduce the walk. The first few walks may be very short where you only take a few steps at a time, and engage in play at the same time. Avoid pulling or tugging on the leash with any force. You can then slowly progress to minimal leash pressure until the puppy yields to the pressure. The second you feel your puppy has yielded to the minimum pressure of the leash immediately reward the puppy with a lot of praise.
  • Don’t think of the leash as a steering device, think of your leash as a communication tool between you and your dog.
  • If it’s not working, don’t continue—you could be making it worse. Get professional help from a certified trainer.

Professional Leash Training

Seeking the advice of a professional dog trainer regarding the leash and collar is invaluable. We can help you understand the dog’s perspective and advise you on proper and fair leash techniques.

A professional dog trainer is the key to success in establishing training on Both Ends Of The Leash. For help, contact us.

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