3 Common Leash Training Problems & Their Solutions
A walk with your puppy can either be an enjoyable time or it can be a bit of a battle gaining back control. The responsibility for nurturing a more relaxed, controlled walk rests solely on the human. Once you understand why your puppy is showing signs of undesirable behaviour you can redirect them to a more constructive behaviour that allows you to walk more freely.
We’ve listed 3 common leash problems and solutions for how to overcome them below:
Puppy Pulling On The Leash
Pulling is a natural response for a puppy, it allows them to get to where they want to go at their pace. They’re not doing this behaviour to show dominance over you but simply because it works.
When out walking with your puppy it’s important to be aware of your body position. If you’re idling a few steps behind your puppy, allowing them to take the lead then this will make them feel as though they’re in charge and will start to tug at the lead to pull you along during the walk.
There are various methods for training a puppy to stop pulling on the leash, we’ve listed a few for you to reference.
Play the reward game
One of the easiest and most effective ways to teach a puppy to walk on a leash beside you is to reward them each time they pay attention to you and perform your desired action i.e walk on a leash by your side, at your pace.
Encourage your puppy to follow you
This process is simple, hold onto the leash and take several steps backward away from your puppy - this action encourages your puppy to follow you. As soon as your puppy approaches, reward them with a treat and plenty of encouragement.
Create a short routine in your neighbourhood
If you spend too long training your puppy it’s a good idea to create a short route in your neighbourhood that you stick to and walk repeatedly. A familiar walk helps your puppy be less distracted, it becomes considerably less stimulating for your puppy to walk the same route multiple times than to be introduced to a new route each time.
Burn off extra energy in advance
Puppies have a lot of excess energy to burn and they need to expend it somehow. If you take them for a walk without burning off this extra energy beforehand then it may cause your puppy to pull extra hard on their leash. Including an extra exercise session into their day before a walk helps to combat this problem.
Leash pulling often refers to older dogs, however is still common amongst puppies, be sure to provide solutions for both puppies and adult dogs.