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Dog leashes and collars


Even before your young pup is old enough to go on a real walk you should allow him to become familiar with a leash. Simply put a very light collar and leash on him and let your puppy walk around in the yard while you watch him. Make sure to make these times fun and treat filled. You want him to relate his leash with good stuff and fun times. Once he has become accustomed to walking with the leash trailing behind him on the ground you can begin picking up the leash and walking with him. At this time it is not necessary to try and lead your dog, as the whole idea at this point is simply to get him accustomed to the idea of walking with a leash. After having all its required vaccinations (see content on vaccinations) your dog will be ready to go on a “real” walk. Start in a location that is completely free from possible distractions and with the leash on your dog begin to walk. If your pooch begins to pull simply stop and until he stops pulling don’t move. When your dog stops pulling, immediately praise and treat him and begin walking again. This way your dog quickly learns that pulling gets him the opposite of what he wants and by following you he gets fun things and rewards. Once the puppy learns how to wear his collar, you can then take him to new places. If you live in a big city, your pup will need to learn to walk around a lot of cars, people and noise. Don’t be alarmed if your puppy is scarred at the beginning, it’s to be expected, and you can help him to over come this by petting him and talking to him to calm him down. Continue with this exercise as long as necessary to teach your dog this fundamental of leash manners. The key to leash training is consistency and patience.


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