Curious puppies may run and pull on their walks, they're so excited to explore the world. A leading leash or head halter, available at your local pet store, works with your puppy's natural instincts to correct this behavior. The end result is a gentle walk with your pup beside you.
How to Use a Leading Leash With a Puppy
Step #1 - Slip the leading leash's neck strap around your pup's neck and tighten it until you can slip only one finger beneath it. The neck strap should come up fairly high on your dog's neck, sitting right below the ears. Pull the nose strap up over your dog's snout and tighten it so it fits securely. Attach your dog's leash to the attachment ring under the chin area and you are ready to walk.
Step #2 - Start your dog off walking. The first few times you use the leading leash with your pup, he can be distracted and may try to get the nose strap off with his paws. Getting him out and walking offers a convenient distraction. You may reward your pup with treats for walking and general good behavior. This also helps distract him from the leading leash.
Step #3 - Hold the leash the entire time you walk your puppy. Since the leading leash may get caught on branches or other debris, it's not recommended to let your pup wander off alone while wearing it.
Step #4 - Allow the pup to walk at his own pace. You don't want to drag him down the sidewalk. If he tries to get ahead of you, the leading leash will turn his head to the side and put pressure on his nose, offering a gentle correction in dog language.
Step #5 - Continue to use the leading leash each time you walk your puppy. After a few walks she will get used to the leash and enjoy walks without trying to rub the lead off her nose.
Warning: Don't leave the leading leash on your puppy when he is at home. After you're done walking, remove it.
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