Wondering how to train your dog to walk on leash?
Protection and obedience
Your dog must know how to walk on leash. This training can help avoid several dangerous situations for both you and your pup
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The primary component is patience.
Training your dog to walk on leash will take a bit of time, lots of patience and a ton of treats. So be ready with that treat pouch before you even think of starting the training process.
Cicker or verbal command
Be ready to reward your dog with enticing treats.
Harness or collar and leash.
Allow your dog to get comfortable with the walking gear before you proceed.
This ensures that the dog will be distraction free
Put on the leash and harness/collar on your dog and wait patiently for your dog to look at you. When your dog looks at you, reward the behavior and encourage your dog. Continue with the verbal command "look at me"
First step in training
Take a few steps backwards holding the leash of your dog. When your dog follows you, mark the behavior and reinforce it with a treat and praise.
Excellent way to avoid future problems like forging ahead or pulling.
This command will not only help with the leash training process, it will also aid in training your dog for other commands.
First practice the command in the backyard
Walk a few steps ahead, stop. Walk a few steps back, stop. Every time you notice that your dog’s attention is completely focused on you, he is following your footsteps and not bolting ahead, mark the behavior and reward.
It is time to take your dog out on the road
For the first few weeks, take your dog out and walk with him for very short distances like one or two houses. As and when your dog's confidence increases, cover longer distances.
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