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How do I get my dog used to a lead?

Getting your dog used to the collar is usually not very difficult, as long as you do it in time, of course. Usually, a 1-2 month old dog can easily get used to a new accessory, especially if you put it on for a couple of minutes at the start during feeding time. The juxtaposition of the collar and the treats allows the dog to get used to it faster.

However, the leash is less easy to adjust to, as few dogs accept the restriction of freedom easily. There are some simple general principles that will make your task easier.

Introducing your dog to the lead

Only attach a lightweight lead for the first time when the dog has become fully accustomed to the collar and has stopped paying attention to it. Putting two unfamiliar items together at once will frighten and confuse the dog – introduce the novelty gradually.

Attach a leash for a short time in the apartment, let the dog walk with it in a familiar space. Be sure to distract him from trying to chew the lead. The best way to do this is to useWhen playing a game or giving treats, but do not use the leash as a play object. Be sure to keep the duration of such a lesson appropriate: attach the leash for a few minutes at first, then extend the period. The leash should be removed when the dog has calmed down. If you do this when the dog is very afraid of the leash or is struggling with it, you can only reinforce the negative reaction.

After the first attempt, attach the lead at least once a day. Treat the dog like a small child – persistently and gently repeating the same actions, reinforcing the lesson.

Eventually the dog will stop protesting against the leash being attached. Now it’s time to teach the dog to walk with it. Try walking him around the room while playing with him at the same time. As you lead him from room to room, give him bits of treats. As you get your dog used to walking on a lead, gradually reduce the amount of treats and play by making the lead a daily routine.

There are a few indispensable onesrules that must be strictly adhered to. Do not pull your dog hard on the lead against its will – this will only increase panic and fear of the lead. Do not cause pain to the puppy when it is tethered. Control the dog by gently tugging on the lead as if you are advising it on the direction of movement.

First walk outside

Be prepared for him to do something completely different outside the apartment. Under new circumstances, your dog may panic again, become frightened, refuse to move. Try to calm the dog down, talk to it, stroke it, and don’t forget to take your pet’s favourite treat with you and give it a treat. Usually the dog calms down quickly and curiosity overcomes any residual fear.

From the very first walk outside, don’t make the typical mistake of forgetting that you are the owner and you are leading the dog. Don’t let the puppy pull you. This is especially important for large breeds, because if you get used to this behaviour, a cute dog will grow into a powerful dog.

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