10 Tips on PitBull Leash Training One of the most important lessons that you must teach your Pitbull from a young age is leash training. Training your Pitbull to obey the leash lies at the core of establishing your dominance over the dog. Dominance here simply means you are the boss and the Pitbull must obey your commands. Of course, this is much easier said than done. This is why you are better off leash training your Pitbull when it is still a puppy. A young Pitbull is more likely to allow you to take the lead and dominate the relationship. Dogs are naturally pack animals, and in every pack, there is only room for one leader – the alpha. This leader can either be you or the Pitbull, so your first job is to show the dog that you are in charge. Here are 10 tips for leash training your Pitbull:
Tip #1: Get a collar
This should be the first thing you do after you get your Pitbull puppy. Put the collar on him and allow him time to get used to how the collar feels. Keep in mind that Pitbulls can be quite stubborn. However, avoid being overly heavy-handed when getting your Pitbull accustomed to wearing a collar.
Tip #2: If your Pitbull is already leash trained, buy them the right collar
Flat collars that have metallic buckles are good for Pitbulls. This breed is very powerful so avoid those plastic collars that can bend or break easily.
Tip #3: Get your Pitbull used to wearing the leash early on
Once your Pitbull has stopped trying to bite or scratch off the collar, you should put the leash on it. This doesn’t mean that the puppy is ready to be walked. Just attach the leash to the collar and let the Pitbull walk around the room with it.
Tip #4: Leash train your Pitbull in a large room
Now that your Pitbull is used to wearing a collar and dragging around a leash, it’s time to teach them how to walk. Get a large room that will allow you enough space to walk the Pitbull around. Also make sure that you have some treats with you.
Tip #5: Don’t drag the puppy to force it to walk
This old-school technique of dragging the dog when it refuses to move only reinforces pulling behavior. Just step forward a bit and if the dog follows, hand it a treat. If the Pitbull stops following you, just stop, but don’t drag it.
Tip #6: Use a short leash
Pitbulls are very strong, so you don’t want to use a long leash. Get a leash that is about 6 to 8 feet in length.
Tip #7: If your Pitbull starts pulling ahead, stand in place
Your Pitbull may start to walk ahead and pull on the leash. This is unacceptable. Just stop moving and call them back to your side. If they follow your order, give them a treat and praise them.
Tip #8: Teach your Pitbull how to stop
Leash training is not just about walking. You also have to train your dog how to stop. Walk with your Pitbull and then stop suddenly. If the Pitbull doesn’t stop, call it back. If it does, hand it a treat. Repeat this over again until your Pitbull understands that they are to follow your movements at all times.
Tip #9: Train your Pitbull to heel
It is very important that you teach your Pitbull to heel so that they do not run out into the street whenever you are walking them. When walking, give the order “heel” as you keep the leash tight. Start walking again and give the leash some slack. Repeat the command “heel.” If the Pitbull stays by your side, hand it a treat. If it runs forward, gently tug it back and tell it “NO!” Show your Pitbull that regardless of how slack the leash is, they should stick by your side.