Begin leash training early to instill good habits. A positive introduction sets the foundation for enjoyable walks with your puppy.
Use positive reinforcement. Reward your puppy for walking nicely on the leash, reinforcing the desired behavior with treats and praise.
Keep training sessions short. Puppies have shorter attention spans, so brief, focused sessions are more effective in building their leash skills.
Provide consistent direction. Encourage your puppy to walk beside you, reinforcing the concept of walking on the leash without pulling.
Be patient and encouraging. Puppies may initially resist the leash, so offer reassurance and rewards to create a positive association.
Patience and Encouragement
Allow exploration breaks. Let your puppy sniff and explore during walks, balancing training with opportunities for them to enjoy their surroundings.
Introduce gradual challenges. As your puppy progresses, add distractions and increase the complexity of your walks, reinforcing their leash training skills.