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Puppy Leash Training – Getting Started

 Puppy Leash Training – Getting Started

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So it’s time to start leash training the new puppy.  But before you begin you should make sure that you have the right dog equipment for training.

The first thing you are going to need to begin dog leash training is a proper collar for your dog. Before going out and buying a choke or pinch collar see how well your dog adjusts to simply using his everyday collar during training sessions. Some larger dogs or difficult to train dogs may require a gentle leader, haltie or choke collar for training but, you may find out that this is not the case with your pet. One thing to remember is that you should never leave a training collar on your pet when you are not around. Always be sure that you put their regular collar back on when the training session is over.

When getting a collar, ensure it fits correctly. You do not want the collar to be too big or too small. If you are using a regular belt type collar the general rule is to ensure that you can fit two fingers between the dog’s neck and the collar.

The next thing to pick out is a leash. When starting out you want to have a leash that is no longer than six feet in length. Retractable or extendable leashes are not ideal when you first begin training. You want to keep the dog very close, you do not want to give the dog a lot of freedom at this point. Also these leashes can be hard to work with if you are not used to them.

Make certain that the leash you select is made of a strong material, leather is often the best. You do not want to have any kind of leash that might cause you burns if the dog pulls unexpectedly. Nylon leashes may do this so be careful with your selection.

Another thing to consider when you begin leash training is going to puppy classes. These classes are a great place to start working with your puppy on a leash and are also a great opportunity to socialize your puppy at the same time.  By taking your puppy to class he will learn that even though there are other dogs and distractions you are the one in charge. This is one of the most important things that your pet will ever learn. And you can practice in a safe environment.

There are many things you can learn about training by reading or searching online but just the same you ultimately have to go out and socialize him. You have to practice working with him on a leash. And puppy classes are one of the best ways to do this. And there is the added bonus of having other pet owners there to talk to about your new pet. And hopefully a well trained person running the course who can give you added tips and pointers.