How To Teach Your Dog To Successfully Walk On A Leash

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When you take your dog for a walk, run your errands or go to a friend’s house, they will need to know how to properly walk on a leash.

Training a dog to walk on a leash is not as easy as it may sound. You might wish that you could just strap that leash around their neck and that they automatically knows what to do, but it doesn’t happen that way. When you’re leash training your dog, there are some tips you can follow to ensure that the process goes smoothly.

1. Keep Training Sessions Short

If your dog is not used to walking on a leash, let them walk around the yard for a couple of minutes just to start out. Start slowly and work in increments. Don’t plan on taking them for an hour-long walk if this is their first time on a leash.

You should perceive all walks as useful training sessions. However, make sure not to push them too far. Since they are still learning, you should take them on short walks frequently and keep them fun for your dog. Like children, dogs don’t have long attention spans and they need to be interested in the training process.

Experts recommend 5-10 short sessions a day. You need to be patient because repetition is the key to success when it comes to leash training. Because of this, several short sessions are more useful than one or two long ones. Of course, as your pooch progresses, you can make sessions longer and less frequent.

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  • melinna

    #8 Bull Terrier!! I have one and can’t keep up with him!

  • Joe Blow

    Ya missed one, Chesapeake Bay Retriever. All day, all day, never stops.

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    Big Poodles are Cheetahs in dog suits.