In life there is little better than bringing home a new, cuddly puppy. They are happy and grow to become members of the family very quickly. Once you have that little fur ball in your home there are going to be a few things you’re going to want to do to help him become a rewarding member of the family. Of course there’s potty training and that bit about jumping but many families find they need a little pointer or two into how to get a pooch that is a proper gentleman or lady when it comes to walking on a leash. Here are a few things you’re going to want to consider when you get involved with leash training.
The dogs that have the best manners on lead have been started early. That isn’t to say there isn’t a great deal of value to taking your new four legged pal to a large, safe field to work off leash when they first come home to you. One of the items you should get as soon as you get a puppy is a collar. Most any pet shop will have person on staff that can guide you through the process of selecting the right size collar for your puppy. If you’re more likely to work online, that is fine as well. You’ll just want to make sure to consider measuring your dog well. It is actually a great idea to get nylon, adjustable collar for your puppy’s first collar. This will grow with them, will be comfortable and will even survive some chewing. Plus, when ordering online it is very easy to select an adjustable one in a range of sizes.
After The Collar
After your puppy has gotten used to wearing his collar and cruising around your new home it’s a great idea to get them outside on a leash. There are two key points you want to remember and from an early stage. These initial exercises should be fun and short is the first rule to training puppies. You can certainly do several in a day but they should always end on a positive note as well as be brief. A great rule of thumb is also used with children’s time outs, only with kids the time is equated to their age in years. One minute per week old your puppy is works well for a training session. After they’ve hit the fifteen minute mark you won’t want to go any further for a while.
The second key point is what is considered the most important point with many serious trainers and that is to keep the attention on you. When your pet is on the leash they are to be attentive to you and not everything else going on. Puppies will have an extremely short attention span so it’s best to start simple. While they are on the leash call them to you often and reward. This will help to keep the leash slack and Fido concentrating on what you’re doing.
In Final Thoughts:
You want to have a dog that you can comfortably walk on a leash. The best way to do this is to get a lot of miles in right from the very start. Expect the dog to listen to you and make it a bit of a work out and you’ll be glad you did. As your dog runs into adolescence and you find you’re still having issues, no matter how small it’s important to enroll in a local training class. This can give you the chance to interact with a professional and get your friend socialized at the same time.