Basic Lead Training for a Puppy

My first piece of advice to you is never purchase a saint puppy under the age of 8 weeks! And once you do obtain your puppy from a reputable breeder, there are just a few simple steps to follow to make life easier for all.

Remember, your puppy didn’t read a book about leash training, so he is as confused as you are. When you first bring your new puppy home, you must give him time to adjust to your family and household. Remember he just left his mom so he is scared, he needs time, this is a new world for him.

Let him relax, make it fun

When he’s finally relaxed and used to his new environment, you can now put a collar on him. To determine the size, you should be able to stick two fingers between his neck and the collar. Once you’ve got the right size, give him a few days to get used to the collar. After he accepts the collar, he is ready to have you put a light weight leash on him. Let him drag it around the house and yard, under adult supervision. Once he is doing this easily you are now ready to pick up the leash, then back up slowly calling the puppy’s name.

Short sessions and lots of praise

Make a game of this, and keep sessions short at first. If the puppy becomes scared and starts to back up and cry, just drop the leash and play with him for awhile before you try again. Always remember, quit on a good note so that it’s a positive experience. Training takes time and patience, so take your time and make it fun for both you and your puppy. Once you gain his confidence, training will become easy and the two of you will develop a wonderful bond. Good luck and have fun!

Bonnie Claus, Indiana
December, 2013