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Leash Training a Puppy: How to Leash Train a Puppy or Dog

Hi, I’m Kathy Santo for Iams
with Howdini, and today we’re going to talk about how to
leash train your puppy. Once your puppy is around eight
weeks old, you can begin leash training. The first thing he’ll need is a
collar or harness that fits your puppy appropriately, never
too loose or too tight. You should be able to fit two
fingers between the collar and your puppy’s neck. When deciding between using a
collar or harness, there are few things to consider. Does your puppy have any
respiratory issues? Does your puppy pull when
being walked on leash? Use a harness or head halter if
your puppy pulls on leash or has respiratory problems. Before you can jump right in
training, you’ll need to get your puppy used to wearing a
collar and having the added weight of a leash. The best thing to do is have him
wear the collar or harness and leash around the
house, so he becomes used to the feeling. Be sure to keep an eye on your
puppy to make sure he doesn’t get trapped, caught, or
accidentally injured. If your puppy is noticeably
struggling or looks scared, start off with a shoe lace or
a small piece of rope so he can get used to dragging only
a little something around. This will help him get used to
the added presence and weight of a collar and leash. Now for walking on a leash. The leash should have
some slack. Because when you put pressure on
a dog, their natural reflex is to move or pull in the
opposite direction. If you find that your puppy is
afraid of walking with the leash, try placing treats
along the route you know you’ll be walking to give
him the notion that good times are ahead. That way he learns to focus on
what’s ahead of him with curiosity and not fear. As you begin walking your puppy,
you will notice that your pace will sometimes have
to be faster than you expect to retain slack in the leash. The more you work with your
puppy, the quicker you’ll be able to train him to
slow down while maintaining the needed slack. As you walk around, begin
incorporating specific commands for your puppy. Basic commands include sit,
stay, and heal, or let’s go. Do your best to remain
consistent with your commands and guide your puppy through
the learning process. For example, when you say sit,
guide your puppy to sit until the command is recognized
by the puppy. When you say heel, make sure
your puppy is obeying your command before you start
walking again. When your puppy starts to move
ahead too quickly, come to a complete stop and wait for
him to cease pulling before going forward. Practice this stop and go, never
allowing your puppy to dictate your pace. If your puppy continues to pull
on his leash, ask him to change directions while
saying turn. This while condition your puppy
to always look for you for direction instead of him
feeling like he can dictate where the two of you go next. I also like to run backwards
and then switch to a different direction. This gets your puppy excited
about chasing you. Remember to reward your puppy
when he does the right thing so that he begins to
understand what you’re asking him for. If your puppy still isn’t
catching on, try upgrading your treats, practicing in an
area with fewer distractions, or working on more
basic commands. Leash training takes
time and patience. Both you and your puppy may
give frustrated during the learning process. Do your best to avoid tugging. It’s not fair to correct them
for something they don’t understand. As your dog enters adolescence
and clearly knows the difference between right and
wrong, it’s OK to give a slight occasional tug
on his leash if he insists on being difficult. If you remain patient and
consistent with your puppy, he’ll be leashed trained
in no time. I’m Kathy Santo for Iams with
Howdini and I hope that you’ve found this helpful as you
welcome your new addition to your family. For more information on puppy
care and training, visit

Reynold King

100 Replies to “Leash Training a Puppy: How to Leash Train a Puppy or Dog”

  1. My Layla flips and rolls around like a crazy puppy.  She doesn't like it at all.  I am going to work with her daily cause I live in country and the road has claimed one of my babies.

  2. I have an almost 5 month old Maltese/Shih Tzu mix.  We are using a Martingale collar and a 4 ft. leash.  He tugs forward almost the entire walk.  I stop frequently, he will sit, even down and stay, but as soon as he released, goes right back to tugging.  It's discouraging.  Any ideas?

  3. I took my labra for a walk ona FLEXI leash three days after I got my pup. He actually did really well, but he walked on the side of his legs. Is there something wrong?

  4. it is my 2nd time to walk my puppy, and when we go outside he keeps going around me and chew on my shoe or pants, i need help can anyone help me? or maybe give me advice.

  5. My puppy literally does not even move, like she's scared to walk around on a leash. I'm using a harness and idk what to do lol. I try to pull her so she can walk and she trys to fight it and trys to stand i place or lays on her side, so im basically dragging her around lol.

  6. Great Video! our 10 week old puppy refuses to move on the leash. I am going to try your idea of placing treats on the ground… Hopefully she'll get the idea soon. Thanks again

  7. FINALLY somebody who knows what there talking about! my 11 week old puppy kinda ADORES walking on a lead thank u!!

  8. This was very helpful to me, she explained it very well and now I'm looking forward to training my maltipoo puppy

  9. thank you I had seen a lot of videos but I really love yours thanks !!!!!😂☺😊😀😁😂😃😄😆😇

  10. my pup is pretty good with the leash, but my problem is he keeps changing directions behind me and ends up getting tangled around my legs lol.

  11. really worked! Thanks so much,my cats eyes are like blooding something yelowwy and red mixed color spreading around his eyes so i wish you can help me please this is so important to me please

  12. Hi I have Chihuahua mix I have problem to put leash when ever we want to take him out some time he allows to put his leash some time he agracive and bites , help me out

  13. nice video thank you. The best info that I have noticed was at Brainy paws (i did a google) Without a doubt the most easy dog training tips that I have ever worked on.

  14. this is nice  to see when all the dogs  just wnts to go for a walkmine doesnt want to walk with leash omg  he allways go on his little ass and waiting till i get  him up

  15. This is a good video from the novice to the experienced dog owner. I raised a puppy before and have forgotten how much I taught it.

  16. Hey, The best dog training that I have ever had was with Billy barking problem (i found it on google) Without a doubt the most useful dog training course that I have ever tried.

  17. I have a beautiful mix. I did what every step that was told. He would chew on the leash and we live in a quiet area. I love him but I don't know how else to do it. Please help!!!!!!

  18. hey ,if anyone else wants to learn about best way to train a puppy try Renkarter Puppy Course Report ( search on google ) ? Ive heard some great things about it and my work buddy got cool success with it.

  19. Hey! Have you considered – Burdan Gifted Canine Expert (google it)? I've heard some awesome things about it and my friend got amazing results  with it.

  20. I have gotten a dog who is 8 Weeks old he doesn't listen we've tried putting a blanket over his crate yet he still whines i've gotten him a collar and a leash and he pulls away when training him. he is still teething and he doesn't respond to No's or don't do that. I have tried evreything and am trying so hard to teach him.

  21. We just got a new beagle puppy that is 11 weeks old. He wouldn't allow me to put on a leash and walk around a bit. Also when I have treats in my hand, he starts to jump on me so he can get it. What do I do?

  22. It would be better to actually show yourselves actually doing it instead of talking about it and it's better to teach your puppy these commands individually instead of trying to incorporate them all on a walk. All your going to do is confuse the puppy and make the puppy never want to go on a walk again.

  23. Don't use flecses! The dog will get used to the small pressure while walking so he will learn to push while walking in a leash.

  24. Not certain about the points made but ,if anyone else wants to uncover puppy training videos try Panlarko Perfect Canine Planner (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some amazing things about it and my brother in law got great results with it.

  25. My puppy wont follow me at all, she wont come to treats, and I am training her the command "come" but she is a stubborn girl

  26. the easiest way to get a puppy used to the feeling of a collar when they won't move with it on is to put the collar on them when they get comfy and fall asleep, but make sure to keep your puppy near you so he/she doesn't harm themselves.

    I did this with my 5 month old German Shorthaired Pointer who would not move if you put his collar or leash on. And now he doesnt even act like he has one on.

  27. Plzzzz give the best link to things one should have before bringing a new puppy home
    (Please include everything including best puppy food, best toys everything u think one should have who is getting a puppy)

  28. My old puppy learned to stop pulling so quickly with turning quickly but my sisters new puppy just does not understand. It gets to the point where there is no point continuing to train because she just doesn't get it.

  29. I can't walk my dog anymore…..because he died yesterday…… He died on his birthday….I miss him… His first walk at my new apartment was his last walk….. A big dog killed him at a doggy park at my apartments. I miss him so. Much😭

  30. When some puppies wear a lease, they may growl or wine if it is uncomfortable. You can resolve this problem by letting a puppy test and wear a collar gradually. This blog post has helpful information.

  31. I have a 10 week old maremma pup and l have put a collar and leash on him and l run with him up and down my driveway at the back and all l say to him ,come on and l click my fingers as he runs,before giving him a treat l get him to sit and stay,sometimes he get distracted and rolls around,l just let. Then l drop the leash and let him drag it around by himself,he is starting to get better and he grabs the leash in his mouth,

  32. For puppies you should use a harnass because their bones aren't strong enough, especially if the puppy is like a brick and doesn't move he's just gonna be harder to move and it's hurting him

  33. my puppy tugs and yanks. so when i stop walking, she just gets anxious and starts bucking and whimpering, and i’m worried she’s going to hurt herself. 😔

  34. I leash trained my puppy in my backyard and he is walking just fine on a leash. But the problem is that he barks at people we pass by 😭

  35. The trick is to get your puppy calm before the walk. When dogs learn they're going for walkies, they either become excited or anxious. When they're in this state of mind, you can forget any sort of recall. However when dogs are calm and relaxed, they are MUCH more obedient. I can't post links on here, but there's a fantastic guide on how to keep your dog calm, if you GoogIe: '123 Recall Method' – Hopefully helps others on here.

  36. I think my puppy is scared of cars passing by based on our first walk but I will try to do what this video said and see how it’ll turn out

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