Why Is Leash Training Your Dog Important?
It may seem basic, but training your dog to walk and behave on a leash is actually a detailed process. Teaching your dog to behave on a leash will help keep them from pulling in a different direction when on walks. While the role of the leash is to help you monitor and adjust your dog's movement, leashes should be viewed more as a safety measure than a method of controlling your dog.
Steps to Success:
Get dog into a sterile, non-distracting environment.
Place leash in front of the dog and reward with treats each time your dog acknowledges or interacts with the leash.
Begin putting the leash on and off your dog, incorporating a marker word and treat each time the leash is removed.
Once they are comfortable having a leash clipped onto their collar, begin allowing your dog to walk around with the leash on.
Keep In Mind:
Your dog's leash is a safety barrier, allowing you to make sure they don't put themselves in harm's way. The leash isn't there for you to control your dog, only to keep them from harm.