To train either a puppy or dog on a lead, you will fundamentally use the same techniques. Obviously with a dog he/she may have inherited some bad habits or indeed learned some as time has gone by. As dog owners we can occasionally become lazy and turn a blind eye to the odd thing that creeps in to our peril.
With training a puppy, you must realise that he/she has no preconceived ideas of how to behave whilst on a lead. Indeed, the first time you place a collar around your puppies’ neck, it will cause some confusion. Just because we are used to seeing collars on puppies and dogs, all they know is that it is something strange and that they will not necessarily like it.
The same applies to walking on a lead. Your puppy does not know what to expect from the lead. Is it fun to play with? Yes. Especially tugging and chewing on it. Does it stop your puppy from going where he/she decides to go? Yes. They will not like being restricted in this way.
Puppies want to have fun – now there is an idea, make your puppies training on a lead fun. You need to become your puppies best friend so that his/her focus is on you and not the lead. If your puppies having fun during training he/she will not even be aware that he/she is even learning any of the techniques that you are teaching.
Of paramount importance is to remember that, at all times that your puppy has the lead on, the lead itself is something that means fun and not something to be feared.
Of course, the first few times your puppy is on the lead he/she will be very curious and inquisitive about it. Be patient. Training is going to take time and patience on your behalf. Remember ultimately, it is all going to be worth the effort, you will have a beautifully behaved dog.
You should never use force or punishment to train your puppy. Sometimes, a new puppy will develop problems if he is being punished. They may become traumatized, aggressive, or stressed. All around, it is never a good idea to use force. Also, you should never punish your puppy right after he has followed a command. For example, if you call your puppy and then punish him, he/she will stop coming when they are called! They will assume that they are going to be punished when they come to you.
When you choose the commands such as “sit”, “shake”, and “heel”, you need to always use the same ones! If you change the commands around, the dog will become very confused and will not learn what you want them to learn.
If your puppy appears to be stressed, confused, tired, or anything else out of the ordinary, it’s probably not a good time to be training. Choose good times to train your puppy for the most success. Also, puppies will be much easier to train when they are at least 8 weeks old. Any younger than that, and you will only confuse them.
For the greatest success in training your puppy, get yourself an easy to understand and comprehensive guide! There are plenty of choices available. You can even get guides that teach you by video so you can see how to train a puppy right on your screen! Check out the link below for more information on guides and how to get them.
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This post was written by BPT_Assistant on March 14, 2012