How to Leash Train your Dog!

How to Leash Train your Dog!

Leash training a dog is one of the most important components of a dog training program. It should be done as soon as they are vaccinated and it safe to go outside. Ample exercise is essential for your dog hence the importance of leash training. Some dogs learn how to behave on a leash rather quickly, while others require a little more encouragement. Don’t worry though, every dog can be leash trained if you know what you’re doing. These are the most important things to remember when you’re trying to leash train your puppy for the first time.

How to Leash Train your Dog!

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Get A Comfortable Collar

When you first put the collar on your dog, it’s going to feel a little odd and they might not like it very much. You need to make the transition as easy as possible for them.  To do this, make sure the collar you end up going with is one they seem comfortable in (you make have to try a few). If they are picky or scratching at it, that would be a good sign you need to try something different. It’s also important that you get a good quality collar i.e. one that isn’t going to come off accidentally, otherwise, you could lose them. Leather dog collars are often the best choice because they’re not as abrasive as a cheaper nylon one and the fixings on them will be more reliable than a flimsy plastic one.

Put The Collar On Inside

Once you’ve picked out a good collar, you need to let your dog get used to it. Put it on inside the house for short periods and just let them walk around. This will help you to introduce it to them slowly so they’re not getting too distressed having it on for too long. Eventually, they’ll calm down and get used to it.

Create A Cue

The next step is to get your dog to willingly let you put the collar and leash on them without struggling. Find a cue that they associate with food, this could be a word or a click of the tongue. When you make that sound and they come to you, put the collar on and reward them with a treat. Then they’ll get into the habit of coming over and letting you put the collar on them whenever you need to take them for a walk.

Practice Inside

Now that they’re comfortable with the collar and the leash and you can put it on them with no trouble, you need to start practicing walking. But the outside world can still be quite overwhelming so you should probably start inside. Just walk them around the house a little and when they’re comfortable inside the house, try it outside in the backyard. That’s a good mid-point because they’re outside but they’re on familiar territory.

Take Them For Their First Walk

At this point, they should be confident enough to be taken out on their first proper walk outside. When you’re out with them for the first time, they’re going to be very curious about the world around them and they’ll want to sniff a lot of stuff. So, you need to be patient with them and allow a lot of extra time. Don’t pull on the lead to get them going because this will cause them to be defensive and they may even bite if they feel very threatened. A firm tug is fine for keeping them away from dangerous things but don’t yank on the leash too hard.

This is going to be a slow process so the most important thing to remember is always to be patient with them.  

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Why Dogs Bite: Understanding the Difference Between Defense and Aggression

Why Dogs Bite: Understanding the Difference Between Defense and Aggression
Why Dogs Bite: Understanding the Difference Between Defense and Aggression
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Despite dogs being domesticated animals, it’s important to remember that they do have teeth and regardless of their size, breed, or general temperament, any dog can bite if they are provoked to do so.  It is important to understand what might cause a dog to bite. This will help you avoid being bitten by understanding the differences between playful, defensive, and aggressive dog behavior. Here’s everything that you need to know on the subject.

Aggression

Let’s start with what tends to be the least common cause of a dog biting – sheer aggression. Dogs that are aggressive may have been raised in an aggressive manner (for example, a dog that has wrongly been trained to fight for the sake of entertainment). This is unforgivable on the human’s part, but it is behavior that is relatively difficult to reverse later in the dog’s life (although it can be done). If you feel that you have been bitten by a dog through absolutely no fault of your own and want to understand the situation, you might want to read this informative post.

Play

Many dogs will nip or bite as part of play behavior. This is extremely common in puppies, who are still learning and discovering (by trial and error) what is and is not acceptable behavior. However, it is something that should be actively discouraged. A bite or nip from a puppy may be fine, but the jaws and teeth of an adult dog can cause significant damage, and, consequently, you don’t want this behaviour to continue into adult life. If your dog nips during play, discontinue play. They will soon learn that they cannot bite if they want to engage in play.

Defense

If someone were to hurt or attack you, chances are that you may lash out as a means of defending yourself. Dogs, like us, are sentient beings and may react in exactly the same way if they feel threatened or hurt. This is understandable if a dog is subjected to dramatically unfair behavior, for example, if they are beaten or cornered. However, you do want to avoid your dog biting when getting defensive over territory, food, or toys. If you find that your dog starts exhibiting defensive or aggressive behavior over things that they shouldn’t be, you may want to consider enrolling them on a training course. This will see professionals use specialist techniques to reduce this negative behavior.

While all dogs have the potential to bite, you should ensure that your dog is well trained in order to minimize instances where your dog might actually bare their teeth or bite. Hopefully, the above information will help you to determine the reasons why a dog might bite or rear up to bite.

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