Leash Training A Puppy
Leash training a puppy is a very important part of any new puppy owners' responsibilities, but it can quickly develop into a battle of wills if you don't approach it the right way.
Your Rottweiler puppy is going to be a big, strong dog before you know it, and leash training is best done while he's still 'puppy-sized'!
Although it's perfectly possible to leash train a dog who's adolescent or adult, but it takes a lot more strength, energy and patience.... so save yourself the aching arm and start now.
Puppy Leash Training BasicsBefore you even begin leash training a puppy, you need to get the little guy or gal used to wearing a collar - and then a collar and leash.
A nylon collar is the best choice for very young puppies, but as Rottweilers are fairly sturdy pups, a fairly narrow and soft leather collar is also an option.
Start out by having your pup wear her collar for 15 - 30 minute stretches. If her breeder didn't acclimate her to the feel of a wearing a collar, she may well act as though you just wrapped a python around her little neck!
Scratching at it, pawing at it, trying to 'rub it off' by rolling around on the carpet - they're all perfectly normal reactions. She may even try to run away from the collar (difficult as it's actually attached to her), or sit stock still hoping it will magically disappear.
Your best reaction to her behavior is no reaction! You can try to distract her with a toy or a game, but don't touch or bring attention to the collar in any way. Ignore her complaints, and don't take it off her until she's forgotten about it and isn't fussing about it anymore.
After a few days, you'll be ready for the next step in leash training a puppy - that's actually using the leash! But, don't get too excited..... you still need to take it slowly, and for now all you want to do is attach a light leash to your puppys' collar and let her get used to feeling the weight of it.
In fact, you're not even going to hold the leash just yet. Simply clip it onto her collar and let her drag it around the house for 10 mins or so at a time. Of course, you need to follow supervise her the WHOLE time she's doing this, as if it gets caught on something, or she gets tangled up in it she could be frightened, or even hurt. And that will set your puppy leash training efforts back somewhat.
For this part of the 'leash training a puppy' process, a light leash is best. A leather one is more likely to be chewed and played with, and a chain is just too heavy and could be dangerous. A lightweight (and cheap) nylon collar would be your best bet for now.
After a few days of running around with the leash dragging behind her, your puppy is now ready for you to join in the game. So, at your next leash training session, pick up the end of the leash and start to follow where she leads. She'll probably really enjoy this part!
This is also a good time to take a step up and you, puppy and leash can venture out into the back yard. She needs to feel totally comfortable with all of this before you move on.
Leash Training A Puppy - Follow My Leader!Now that your Rottweiler puppy is familiar with the collar and leash, you can start to actually walk together. Of course, this is going to be a novel idea for your little girl, and you're going to need to be very patient, take it slowly, and be very consistent in your puppy leash training efforts.
Leash training a puppy while she is young has one very important benefit here - the fact that little puppies have an innate desire to follow their owners! Your pup will probably want to be right beside you and will be more willing to stay by your side now, than when she's a bit older, and bolder.
Again, start indoors where she feels comfortable, and gently lead her around. Encourage her with a happy, up-beat voice, and a treat whenever necessary. Your aim is to have her follow you happily, not being dragged or forced, that will soon put a dent in your leash training progress.
When (and it is 'when' not 'if') she decides that she wants to 'take the reins' and pulls forward, or to the left or right, you need to stop moving immediately. Then call her to you in a cheerful voice and praise her when she comes close to you. Once she's back by your side, say something along the lines of "Let's go!" and move forward again.
Leash training a puppy relies on a lot of repetition, and you will need to practice this over and over again. But remember, little puppies have short attention spans and your puppy leash training 'lessons' should be short, but frequent.
Your aim here is to have your little girl realize that if she pulls hard, or away from you, that the walk stops and so does the fun. Once she 'gets it' she will happily follow you.
Some puppies may try to rebel by sitting (or lying) down and refusing to move an inch. The temptation to tug or drag them may be strong, but you need to resist!
Instead, do as you did for the wandering pup, call her to you (encourage her by crouching down, offering her a treat and so on if necessary) and reward her when she gets there. Then say "Let's go" and move on.
If you're leash training a puppy outside, you can often get a really stubborn puppy moving by backing up a few steps and then 'jogging' past them (still holding the leash of course!) while calling their name. Your puppy won't be able to resist running after you - works like a charm.
Leash Training A Puppy - Next StepsIf you are patient and consistent in your puppy leash training efforts, your little girl should soon be walking nicely by your side most of the time. This is a great start.
But it's not where leash training your puppy should end! Rottweilers need early and ongoing obedience training and socialization so that they can grow up to be all that they can be.
As soon as your Rottie pup has had all of her puppy vaccinations, get her enrolled in a Puppy Class or a Basic Obedience Class at a local dog obedience school.
It's a great way to improve bonding between you, and of getting her some valuable socialization. It will help you too, as you can ask a qualified dog trainer about any puppy training problems you might have, and give you a support network of other new puppy owners. A win-win situation all around!
Puppy Leash Training EquipmentOnce you've mastered the very basics of leash training a puppy, you will want to graduate from the basic nylon collar and leash.
Rottie pups are robust and strong, and you'll want a collar and leash that can handle the pressure! A soft leather collar with a proper buckle (not a plastic snap) is the best choice, and a leather training leash will be a very good investment.
There are all sorts of styles and lengths of dog training leash, and you may want to own more than one type as they all have their uses.
This gorgeous x-wide calf leather collar will look fantastic on your Rottie. Carefully crafted with hand-polished beveled edges and additional lining for comfort, and embellished with attractive silver or brass studs.
Available to fit necks from 20 - 30".
The ultimate leather dog training leash is crafted from heavy tanned leather for strength, flexibility and softness.
Available in a variety of lengths and widths, from 3' long x 3/8" wide right up to 6' long x 1" wide. There's a size to suit every dog right here.
Used by many top dog trainers, this X-long 'bungee line' style dog training leash is made from high quality 'shock cord' inside a strong tubular webbing cover.
You don't want to be trying to use this sort of equipment for leash training a puppy to heel for example, because both you AND her will end up wrapped up in it!. But it's excellent when you're teaching the 'Recall' (or 'Come') command., plus Schutzhund work, tracking and other similar activities.
It's also a safe way to allow your puppy some extra freedom to roam, without her being able to run off or get in harms way. Available in a variety of lengths (up to 50') and strengths, to suit all needs. Custom orders also accommodated.
Also known as a 'Pull Tab' leash, these are very useful particularly on a puppy who is still learning what's what!
At just 12" long, this leash can be left on your pup whenever you're with her around the house so that you can give her a quick 'correction' whenever necessary.
It's also a great tool to have when dealing with adolescent or adult dogs in situation where they can be off-leash, but you still want to be able to hold onto them if necessary.
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Puppy leash training doesn't need to be a struggle - just follow the tips above and you WILL be successful. Good luck :o)
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