The 2 most popular ways to leash train a puppy – Easy and Simple

Published by , 1st December 2016 in Dog Training

The 2 most popular ways to leash train a puppy – Easy and Simple

how-to-leash-train-a-puppy-1 The 2 most popular ways to leash train a puppy - Easy and Simple Dog Training

How to leash train a puppy

Imagine this: You just came back from work and the first thing you want to do is to play with your puppy and go out for a walk. However, after you leave your home, your dog starts jumping around and running everywhere he can. To avoid that behavior, you pull the leash a little bit, but nothing works… And you feel the same way every time you go out with your dog.

Going for a walk with your dog should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience for both. But for some people (and dogs) it is extremely stressful.

Leash training a puppy

1) Stop the behavior

This happens all the time because puppies and dogs don’t like the idea of having a collar around their neck. Even worse is if you are pulling back every time he tries to move forward. The most important thing you have to train your dog is that he needs to understand that the walk will not continue until he slows down and stops.

Before you pull back the leash or yell at your puppy, always remind yourself that your dog is very excited to spend time with you after long hours apart. He is not doing anything wrong on purpose.

2) Revise the ritual every time you go for a walk

– Wait for 5 to 10 minutes. Your puppy is already aware that every time you arrive at home, you will play and go out, therefore, you need to calm him down and wait some minutes. Before you open the door, make sure he is calm. If he is sitting or just slowly walking, even better.

– Stop walking your dog every time he pulls (don’t pull back). I know this can be very time-consuming, but trust me he will quickly learn that “pull too much = walk stops”. You just need to make your puppy sit next to you and wait a little bit. It is important that you dog makes that association.

– Always reward your dog for good behavior. I already discussed this in other posts and this is another association that is perfect for your puppy: “good behavior = rewards”. You can bring his favorite treats or toys, or you can simply play with him and rub his belly.

Watch this great example from The Online Dog Trainer. You can watch more videos on his page.


Leash training a dog takes time and demands patience, because it is more complex than basic commands as come, sit or stay. If you liked this post and want to read more details about leash training, please check chapter 8 of my free ebook (click below to get your copy)

I hope this helps and have fun training your dog!