Celebrating National Puppy Day, dog trainer Rendy Schuchat offers tips on leash walking. Dogs aren’t born knowing this stuff.
Use praise in conjunction with tempting treats, like Vita Bone® Trainers, or toys to lead your puppy down the street.
It’s important to understand that little puppies have little attention spans, and it’s perfectly normal for a pup to pay attention to you until a leaf blows by or there’s an interesting smell. Schuchat says to begin by walking only a few steps with the pup by your side, luring the dog with that special training treat. Then, allow the dog to wander and sniff on-leash as you walk. Gradually increase the amount of time you expect your pup to walk at your side.
For further instruction, check out a 101 on teaching leash-walking HERE.