A NEW LEASH ON LIFE

Even if you have a large, fenced-in, private property, all dogs need to learn to walk on a leash. This is not about training your puppy to “heel” or not to pull, or to walk at your side and sit when you stop walking. Yes, all of that is what I teach as a professional trainer for dogs, but right now, I only want to talk about introducing your puppy to a collar/harness and leash and helping him to learn to accept it and be comfortable with it and eventually relate it to doing something he likes. To your puppy, the leash should mean going out.

So, where do we begin?  I always recommend starting in the house. Simply put the collar or harness of your choice, on your puppy, and let him wear it in the house under “eyes on” supervision, while you’re playing with him. Distraction is always thought of as... TO CONTINUE READING...

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