Training your dog to walk with a leash is an important aspect of responsible dog ownership. Here are some steps to follow when training your dog to walk on a leash:
Start with a proper leash and collar: Choose a leash that is appropriate for your dog’s size and strength, and a collar that fits well and is comfortable for your dog to wear.
Introduce the collar and leash: Let your dog get used to the collar and leash by letting them sniff and investigate it.
Use positive reinforcement: Reward your dog with treats or praise when they walk calmly on the leash.
Start indoors: Start training your dog indoors or in a quiet area where there are fewer distractions.
Practice walking on a loose leash: Encourage your dog to walk on a loose leash by walking slowly and rewarding them for staying close to you.
Use verbal cues: Use verbal cues such as “heel” or “let’s go” to encourage your dog to walk beside you.
Be patient: Training takes time and patience, so be prepared to spend several weeks or even months working with your dog.
Some additional tips for training your dog to walk on a leash include:
Use a shorter leash to give you more control and help prevent pulling.
Avoid using retractable leashes as they can be difficult to control and may encourage pulling.
Avoid pulling your dog, as this can cause discomfort and make them more likely to resist walking on the leash.
Gradually increase the duration and distance of your walks as your dog becomes more comfortable walking on the leash.
Here are some resources that can help you train your dog to walk on a leash:
- Top Dog Tips has an article that explains how to train a dog to walk on a leash. It covers topics such as using an appropriate leash and collar or harness, fitting the collar or harness properly, finding a motivational reward, not pulling on the leash, starting with small steps, and increasing distance gradually, staying calm, patient and consistent, best harnesses and collars for leash training and favorite dog training books for more tips1.
- AKC has an article that explains how to leash train a dog or puppy to walk on a leash. It covers topics such as introducing the puppy to the collar or harness and leash, letting him get used to wearing a collar or harness and a leash for short periods of time in the house while you are playing with him and giving him treats, teaching a puppy to walk on a leash by getting your puppy to walk on a leash inside before going outdoors2.
- RSPCA Pet Insurance has an article that explains how to train your dog to walk on a leash. It covers topics such as choosing a designated area, using a leash to walk your dog which is essential for training, training your dog or puppy to walk on the leash by using a technique called ‘loose-leash walking,’ rewarding them every few paces with tasty treats and continuing walking3.
- The Spruce Pets has an article that explains how to train your dog to walk on a loose leash. It covers topics such as choosing a leash and collar, giving the command, stopping and changing direction when your dog pulls, rewarding your dog when they stay by your side4.
I hope you find these resources helpful!