How to leash train a Dog

Learn how to leash train your dog to walk. This is one of the most important skills you should have when you have a dog in your family. Here you will find the definitive steps so you can have some great walks and many more tips!

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Learn how to leash train your dog to walk. This is one of the most important skills you should have when you have a dog in your family. Walking your dog not only provides the exercise requirement of a growing puppy, but will also improve his obedience and overall responsiveness. Constancy and patience are the keys to successful leash training. You may be thinking that dogs know innately how to walk politely on a leash, but the truth is that this skill is something that needs to be trained. It is an essential skill to teach and one that you will appreciate every time you take your dog for a walk.

The following steps will help you overcome this first moment as an animal expert!

  • First develop a reward system. The simplest method is to reward your puppy with small, chewable treats. You can put the leash and collar on it while eating, or reward him with the treats when you allow you to put it on, remember it should be tight, but loose enough to not press it.
  • Second Allow your puppy to get used to the collar and leash. As soon as you put the collar on it, give your puppy a prize. Loosen the collar, and let it play with the leash on, feel freedom to move with it and get used to its presence. Repeat this process for ever longer periods, you will get used to seeing it next to you.
  • Third On The Outside. It’s time to go out into the garden, to the park, but essentially to a quiet and nearby place. Let your pet run freely with the leash dragging it. Raise the leash from time to time and call the dog while offering him treats when he obeys.
  • Fourth Constancy and Patience. Once I get your puppy to get used to the idea of the leash, it’s time to generate the habit of walks, even adults dogs tend to have more pleasant walks when they most often do it.


  • The Length of the Leash. Health and animal training professionals recommend not to use too long leashes, between 1.15 meters and 1.65 meters is the ideal size for the perfect ride. Allow your pet to have their space If your dog tends to pull a lot, use a short 1.15mts leash that will allow greater control, and avoid shrink leashes.
  • Take the initiative. It establishes that you have control and develops dog obedience on the leash. Try to shorten the leash and stop moving if your dog tries to pull it. You can also choose to change the direction; the strap will pull your head to the side and you will need to hurry to reach you. Repeat this exercise until the dog learns that if he wants to receive his congratulations he will have to walk next to him.
  • Consistency is the key. It is the most critical part of learning to train a dog on a leash. Dogs are usually eager and happy to learn; all they need is for you to properly communicate their expectations. Never yell or hit them during training sessions, or other moments. Better to use rewards.
  • Create a relaxed atmosphere. Many dogs are excited to see a leash and will bark, or turn around. If this is the case, stay calm on the leash in your hand until your dog calmed down. Remember to stay relaxed during your walks, as the dog tends to imitate your energy.
  • Bring treats with you. Acquire the habit of carrying small, easy-to-chew treats for your puppy when practicing how to train a dog on a leash. You can take pieces of meat, or organic treats, cookies for pets, there are countless options but always keep in mind knowing what you are giving, you can prepare homemade options with the BARK IN GREEN CANDY RECIPE BOOK that you can download freely. Remember that the rewards system is your best ally in your training.


  • Pull the leash. As we describe stop and do not advance do not even pay attention until it stops doing it, when you stop reward it.
  • Your puppy sits or lies down. When a puppy resists a walk, walk away a few steps, call him and offer him a treat. Start walking and, when your puppy resists again, repeat the process. With consistency and tranquility, your puppy will learn to enjoy walking and being subject.
  • Stop the bad behavior. Avoid bad habits from developing by acting immediately every time they occur. Do not be angry and scream or beat your dog. Instead seek to reinforce good behavior with rewards.
  • Bite the leash when you walk. You can find many tips on how to stop this process, and we recommend that you see the article 35 Behaviors of Your Dog Explained” that has all the detail of how to do it. But a first idea to do so is the change of object and that of non-authorization. That is, you need to give him another toy for him to drag, and you need to reward him for playing with that other toy, the goal is to break with habit. And on the other hand you should remind him that he has no authorization to bite or play with the leash, and that he can only play with his toy.

Written by Raul of Team Barki


Dr Veterinarian Capoccelli


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