Leash training a Golden Retriever is one of the most important things for anyone who wants to take their Golden Retriever out in public on a regular basis. In order to get the best results, you need to implement the right methods at the right time. The following 10 tips will help to ensure that you train your puppy in a timely and effective manner.
The first step to leash training is to get your puppy accustomed to wearing a collar. This may take a little while, depending on your puppy’s temperament. At first, your puppy will try to claw or rub the collar off. Eventually, however, he will get used to it and even forget that it is there.
Attach the Leash
Once your Golden Retriever puppy is used to the collar, you can begin attaching the leash from time to time. You should do this outside, as you want your puppy to simply drag the leash around with him in order to get used to the feel. Doing this inside could present certain dangers, including your puppy getting the leash caught on things.
Begin to Use the Leash
As soon as your puppy is used to the feel of the leash, you can begin to use it in a normal fashion. Again, it is best to do this outdoors as this gives you more space to move around in. At this stage you simply want to walk around with your puppy while holding the leash, keeping it slack at all times.
Start Regular Walks Slowly
When you start walking your dog on the leash, it is important that you start slow. Make sure your dog isn’t overly excited and anxious, as this will quicken his pace. Begin in a calm manner, as this helps to reduce any stress that wearing a leash can cause.
Brisk Pace Walking
Once your puppy is fully comfortable with leash walking, you can begin faster-paced walks. Not only can fast-paced walks give your puppy some much needed exercise, but it will help him to stay focused on the walk itself. The effort of keeping up will help to keep your puppy from getting distracted by everything it passes.
Stop Walking When the Leash is Tight
Sometimes your puppy will get overly excited and start pulling you along, causing the leash to get tight. When this happens, you need to stop walking altogether. This acts as a punishment for pulling. If you continue walking, he will see it as a reward, and the behavior will continue.
Give Regular Encouragement
Constantly tell your puppy that he is doing a good job when he is walking properly. Failure to reward the action on a regular basis will cause your puppy to feel unappreciated for his efforts, resulting in eventual misbehavior.
Don’t Let Your Puppy Drive
Never let your puppy choose the pace at which you walk. Maintaining the dominant role in this activity is critical. Therefore, always choose the walking pace and let your puppy follow your lead.
Avoid Constant Distractions
Your puppy will be curious about anything and everything it encounters on the walk. Don’t stop every time your puppy stops. Again, stay in charge during the whole walk. Stopping every now and again is fine, but you need to make the decision on when and how long.
Take Regular Walks
The best way to train your puppy on how to walk is to walk often. Taking at least one walk a day is critical, as anything less will cause your puppy to forget its training. Additionally, make walks long enough to count, lasting anywhere between 20-30 minutes.
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