Walking on a leash: training to teach your dog the leash

Teaching your dog to walk well on a leash, here are our tips.

According to the World Health Organization, 10,000 steps a day is recommended to stay healthy. By walking your dog daily, you can easily reach this goal.

For this ritual to be a pleasant moment, it is essential to teach your doggie to walk on a leash. To say goodbye to lumbago and tendinitis, the solution is learning!

Age to start the leash

We can’t say this enough:   your companion must be conditioned from an early age. Bad behaviour is very difficult to make go away. Some breeds (Boxer, Braque, Beagle…) develop such power as an adult that learning becomes impossible. You should never trust him, because he can quickly be distracted (by a cat, by an unknown situation…). You will have to repeat the exercises regularly throughout his life. In short, you are the only master on board.

Learning to walk on a leash

The preparation:

Immediately get your puppy used to wearing a collar. This new accessory may cause him discomfort. He’ll scratch, lick, or even prostrate himself. That’s just a matter of a few days. Add an identification tag. Choose the right equipment: The harness  is highly recommended, as it balances the weight of the animal and prevents it from being strangled by the pressure of its leash on the collar. There are a considerable number of models available. The NON-PULL is ideal to start with, as it is easy to fit on a growing individual. It naturally limits the dog’s tractions. The two straps placed under the front legs stretch and force him to walk at your pace. Don’t forget to remove them after each outing, because a puppy eats everything. Later on, you can choose one that perfectly adapts to his morphology. A leash: Stretching is not recommended for safety especially in the city. It can cut, get tangled, become dangerous in traffic… Prefer a good quality one from 120 to 200 cm to give your dog enough amplitude. Bring bags to collect the droppings. You too need to develop good habits!

The practice:

After you’ve equipped and chosen the side where your puppy will walk (often to the right), you can try it out in your garden or in a quiet place to observe his attitude. The leash should be loose. There are three possible scenarios:

The dog that shoots: If he passes you, say his name followed by a “no”! and give his leash a gentle jerk and command “to the foot!” ”to get him back in position. If he succeeds, congratulate him vigorously. The dog that refuses to move forward:  Walking on a lead is not natural and your puppy may be hindered by his collar, harness, lead or any other external stimuli. He should not turn around, twist his leash or look behind him. Say his name and “come! ”softly. If necessary, offer him a treat so that he associates walking on a leash with a pleasant situation. Never come back with your puppy in your arms. Refusing to confront a difficulty will not help you in your future relationship. The dog that follows you:  What luck! In order not to lose this advantage, we need to reinforce this positive behaviour. Say his name and “That’s good! Keep going! ”Remember that any situation can be reversed, especially during adolescence (6-10 months).

After acquiring the leash walk, moments of complicity are assured. All family members will be happy to be able to walk and practice activities with this companion. Why not canivtt or canicross? ?

For the adult dog whose training was not successful, you can try the halter collar. The more he pulls on the leash, the more the nylon strap around the muzzle forces the animal’s head down by pressing on the muzzle. The animal then has to walk at its master’s pace.

To meditate: “I decided to be happy because it’s good for my health. » Voltaire

L.D .

Javier brosch