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How To Begin Leash Training A Puppy

What if we told you that your little pup can improve your cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, help you build stronger muscles and bones, and decrease stress? That’s what daily walks with your dog do! But to reap those benefits, you’ve got to teach your little one how to walk on a leash and how to behave on walks. And with our guide below on how to leash train a puppy, we’re sure you'll be walking together in no time!

When To Start Walking Your Puppy

Quite simple, start as early as possible. However, they shouldn’t be allowed to walk outdoors until their core vaccinations are complete. Taking them out too early could risk their health and life because they have no immune resistance to deadly diseases like rabies. Wait till their vaccinations have been completed before you venture outdoors for a stroll. However, you can (and should) get them used to a leash and collar, and teach them how to walk while they're still indoors. Because they have a lot of energy, leash training will help burn off some of that and keep their mind and body active.

Introducing Them To The Collar And Leash Your curious fur-kid has never seen these, but someday they will signal time for a walk, and that will unleash pure joy. So your aim in the first few days is to get them comfortable with a collar and leash, and to create positive associations with it. Slip it on them when they’re feeding, playing, or getting affection from you so that their associations with it are those of happiness, fun and contentment. Some dogs find the feel of a collar a bit uncomfortable, so give them extra rewards and praise to help them feel more at ease. Gradually increase the time that they’re wearing their collar and praise them generously the whole time.

Indoor Walking

The next step is to teach them to walk with you. For this, you should guide them around your house with the leash so they get used to the concept of being led. Make it a habit to lead your pooch and not the other way around, especially while entering and exiting doorways. You can start with smaller indoor walks and gradually increase them. If you’re potty training in your garden or backyard, you could use bathroom breaks to walk your pup to and from the spot where you want them to go. Don’t just let them run all over as they please; make outdoor time a special treat that they get for walking on the leash.

Obedience Training

For your dog’s safety, they should know some basic commands like ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘come’ and ‘lie down’. You can start obedience training when they’re around 3-4 months. Make sure to use the positive reinforcement method with lots of praise and delicious treats like Pedigree Biscrok Biscuits, Tasty Bites or Tasty Minis to keep sessions interesting.

Walks Outside The Home And Garden

Once your puppy has finished their core vaccinations and can consistently heed your basic commands, it’s time to introduce them to the world outside your home. Exactly like everything new, start small and praise generously. Aim for 5-10 minute walks with your pup walking alongside or just behind you. Allow them time to sniff and explore, but be vigilant that they don’t ‘explore’ by eating anything that they find outside. If they’re meeting someone new, ensure they sit before so that the interaction is not too overwhelming for both human and puppy.

With these tips, we are sure you will both enjoy your walks together in no time. Since they’re your lifelong walk buddy and you’re theirs, it makes sense to make walks happy, safe and enriching for both you and your puppy. Apart from being good for the physical, mental and emotional well-being of both, it develops a deeper bond between you two and can be the highpoint of your day.

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