One of the necessary skills your pet dog must learn is walking on a leash. Ideally, your pet receives leash training when he’s just a pup. But, of course, it doesn’t always work out that way. For other adolescent or older dogs, it’s never too late to learn how to walk on a leash. Regardless of your dog’s age, it is vital to give him leash training to make him comfortable to wear a leash.
What is Leash Training?
Leash training is getting your dog accustom to wearing a leash while demonstrating proper behavior. That means that your dog should not pull, run around, bark constantly or tug you.
Well-trained dogs do not pull on their leash and typically walk on their owner’s left side. While on a structured walk, dogs must not walk ahead or lag behind. Even if dogs are naturally curious about their surroundings, they must know how to behave in the outside environment. It is the owner’s decision to allow his dog to explore and sniff the environment. Therefore, it is important for owners to teach their dogs both structured and leisure walks.
Importance of Leash Training
Training your dog to properly wear a leash is essential for many reasons. Some of these reasons are:
Compliance with leash laws
Whenever you take your dog off your property, the laws in most counties require a dog to be on leash. Even if you intend to keep your dog within your backyard, he will still need a leash at some point.
Leashes will become useful during your trips to the vet, groomers, pet stores or parks. Merely putting your dog on a leash and walking around town, however, is not enough. It is also crucial for your dog to demonstrate proper behavior while on a leash in different environments. This will make those trips much more enjoyable for both of you!
Enjoyable and stress-free walks
A walk outside with your dog should be a fun and relaxing activity. Both you and your dog will become frustrated every time you go outside if he is not leash trained. If a dog is not acclimated to a leash, it could be unpleasant to the owner and passing pedestrians. However, if your pet can go outside comfortably with a leash, both of you can enjoy and even make friends along the way.
A good relationship with your dog
Training your dog to walk on a leash can help provide communication to your dog. A tight leash can convey a negative message or indicate that something is unfavorable in the environment. However, a nice loose leash indicates that the situation is good and positive for you and your dog. A nice walk outside will facilitate your relationship with a fun and memorable bonding experience.
Facilitates good dog behavior
Walking on a leash is one of the basic skills your dog should know aside from sit, stay and come. Knowing how to behave correctly on a leash is a stepping stone towards behaving properly in many situations.
Walking nicely on a leash teaches your dog discipline, obedience and cooperation. A dog who knows how to walk nicely on leash can advance to other skills such as heel, walking politely through a crowd and demonstrate appropriate interactions with individuals and dogs on a walk.
Avoid accidents or unwanted response
You may feel confident to leave your dogs without a leash if they can follow instructions such as sit, stay and come. However, there are other factors in the outdoor environment which are beyond your control. Often, you do not know how your pet will respond to a new stimulus in the environment. So, your dog must be trained to wear a leash appropriately. Just like children, they must always be held by an adult. What if a speeding car passes? You want to make sure that you and your dog are safe in all situations. It can prevent accidents, especially if you are on the streets.
Prevent physical problems and injuries
Constant pulling while on the leash can cause strain and damage to your dog’s body. Dogs must be trained to wear the right kind of collar and walk at an acceptable distance from their owners. Your dog must learn to walk beside you instead of side to side to prevent the potential of you tripping. Proper usage of a leash will help prevent injuries for both you and your dog.
Sense of pride and fulfillment
It is your duty as a dog owner to teach your pet proper manners and behaviors. There will always be a sense of pride and fulfillment when you watch your puppy or dog display good behaviors. Training your dogs to live with you will give them a happy life. They deserve this happy life as they bring joy and energy to you and your family.
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Now that you know the importance of leash training your dogs, it is time to get them started. It is never too early or too late!
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