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07/11/2012 22:29:49 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  5620  views, category: Pet pack life, Pet training and behavior view all blogs


One of the first obstacles a dog owner has to get through is training their new puppy how to walk on a leash. Usually this training is done at the same time as housebreaking and a plethora of other skills and commands. It is a lot of work, to say the least.

Here are a few tips on how to master leash training, inspired by Cesar Millan.

Start early. The best time to start leash training is when you bring your new puppy home, usually around 8 to 10 weeks of age. Just having your puppy on a leash is good enough to start. Walk around the house and backyard with your dog as much as possible for the first week or two. He or she will start to get used to being led by you.

Be the leader. When you walk your dog on the leash, make sure you are the leader. Your position is in front of your dog, not the other way around. As the leader, you should be first out the door when you leave the house on a walk, and be the first one back inside the house. Let your dog wait for you to take off your shoes and put the leash away before giving him a treat.

Use a short leash. The shorter the leash, the more control you have. It is easier to correct behavior and guide your dog with a short leash. This will also make it easier to stay in front of an eager dog. Save retractable leashes for times after training. You should have control during the entire walk. When your dog misbehaves, including barking, pulling, or heading in the wrong direction, use strong, confident words to correct behavior. This includes saying, “NO!” or “Come” after bad behavior and praising your dog when he gets it right.

Take time to train. Leash training is not something that will not be completed in one day. It can take awhile for your dog to get the hang of it. Be patient and keep practicing. Give yourself plenty of time to walk with your dog. A half hour or more is recommended.

Cesar Millan recently wrote on this topic. Read his article here. He has also designed a new collar and leash combo that ensures the correct placement of the leash attachment around a dog’s neck, which is higher on the neck, closer to the head. More on the Illusion Dog Collar next week.

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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