Having a cute puppy and a well-behaved dog are too different things. Most new dog owners get enamored by their puppy's innocent looks and cute barks. While it adds to the joy of owning a dog, it is also important to train the new family member to behave. Training a puppy to walk on a leash is one of the first things you need to teach your puppy especially if the cute little one is going to grow to become a big and strong dog. Imagine being dragged around the park by your dog while taking him for a walk – Sounds dreadful does not it.
Well, it is best to start the exercise today. It is much easier to train a puppy than re-train an older dog whose behavior is already set in. Lets get started.
First step is to get your puppy comfortable with wearing a collar. A simple lightweight leather collar would work well. Place it on your puppy and let him get used to it. He might just roll around trying to dislodge it from his neck. Do not worry it is very normal. When he rests and gets used to wearing the collar, praise him and reward him.
Once your puppy is comfortable wearing the collar introduce the leash. Plug the puppy training leash to the collar and let him play with it for sometime. He would be curious to know about this new add on and would probably drag it around the house for some time and occasionally rest. Again praise him and reward him only after he rests.
For a start, take the leash in your hand and walk the puppy around the house. Whenever he is walking along a loose leash praise him or even reward him. Every time he walks in the front and strains on the leash, stop immediately. Do not yank the leash or pull him back to you. Just wait until he comes towards you. You could also train him to respond to a simple command like "heel" to get him to do this. Praise him only when he is walking towards you and reward him when he is right by your side. This way your puppy knows what is acceptable and what is not.
Repeat this for about a week and you will have your puppy walk around you every time you take him out for a walk.