Tips for Leash Training a Puppy Okemos

After getting your puppy used to its new home, it’s time to introduce them to your neighborhood. On your first walk outside, try the following leash training tips from our Okemos dog trainers to help your puppy grow up confident and well-behaved.

Our puppy training classes at Dog Gone Fun explain how to get your puppy used to walking on a leash without pulling or other negative behaviors. We also teach basic obedience so they understand “sit”, proper play, and how to act around other people.

Here’s what you need to know about leash training for puppies and how to make them feel comfortable on future walks.

1. Why Is Leash Training Important?

Your puppy won’t like walking on a leash at first, but this will change once they get used to the feeling of the collar or harness. The first walk is crucial for helping your puppy feel confident outside.

Remember to keep the leash loose and let them explore at their own pace. During early puppyhood, you have the opportunity to make a good impression on your puppy so they look forward to being walked.

2. Why Is My Puppy Afraid of Being Outside?

Don’t be concerned if your puppy is cautious (or skittish) on their first walk. Some puppies have to get used to moving cars, pedestrians, and other distractions before they can build their confidence.

In fact, some dogs just want to sit and watch the world go by before they feel comfortable moving forward. Be patient and give your puppy enough time to adjust to their new surroundings, which may take hours or days.

3. How Do I Avoid Leash Pulling?

Some puppies are confident enough to explore their outdoor surroundings right away. If your puppy tries to pull on the leash, we recommend getting a front-clip harness. A front clip-harness resists leash pullingso your puppy can learn better behaviors while on your walk. Harnesses also reduce how much strain is being put on your dog’s neck if they tend to pull.

It’s important to understand that how you and your puppy see the world is very different. For example, your puppy may see a cyclist as prey that’s fun to chase. You’ll have more success with leash training if you understand how your puppy views their surroundings.

4. What if My Puppy Hates Their Leash?

If your puppy hates the feel of being on a leash, have them wear it indoors. While your puppy is wearing their collar or harness, get them to play with one of their favorite toys. The distraction will be enough to get them used to the feel of being on a leash.

You can also use treats and sound cues to teach proper leash behavior. For example, with your puppy on a leash and collar in a distraction-free environment, make the sound you have chosen (i.e., clicking your tongue). When your puppy turns to look at you, give them a treat.

Over time, your puppy will recognize the meaning of the sound and not need a treat to respond to you. They’ll also feel at ease when leashed since you’re in command.

While your puppy is at an impressionable age, it’s important to create positive experiences during leash training. Your puppy will be more receptive to wearing a leash if they associate it with having fun. Remember also that leash training a puppy takes time.

5. How Do Puppy Training Classes Help?

During puppy training, you’ll learn more tips for how to get your dog to be well-behaved on their next walk. Puppy training classes are also a great opportunity to socialize your puppy so they’re used to being around other humans and animals besides just you.

People who take our puppy training classes are able to recognize how humans and dogs interpret the world around them. For example, your puppy may think that your shoes are perfect for chewing when in reality, they’re not toys. Moreover, understanding how they think influences how training should be approached and taught.

In Need of Professional Training for Your Puppy?

Our puppy training classes in Okemos, MI, are designed to help you improve your bond with your pet. Our program also helps you learn proper leash training for the newest member of your family. To reserve your spot for our puppy obedience classes, call Dog Gone Fun at (517) 657-4300 today.

This blog has been updated.

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