Ever visited the mall because you wanted to get an item from a particular store, only to end up visiting other stores because of your desire to explore? That’s exactly how your dog feels during a walk! Because their natural instinct is to smell and explore everything around them, it is crucial to train your pup to walk on a leash. Many people think their dogs just innately know how to walk on a leash, but that’s untrue as this is one of the first and most important training basics you should cove when you adopt a new puppy or an older dog.

Before you start

Here are items you will need:

  • A head collar of front-attachment harness that fits your pup properly.
  • A suitable leash
  • Treat or some other rewards to give your canine
  • A clicker or an emphatic “yes!” can also work

Steps to training your dog to walk on a leash

  • Introduce the puppy to the collar or harness and leash

Puppies tend to get nervous when a collar is attached to their neck for the first time, so the first step is to get your new pooch used to the collar and the leash. If your dog is throwing a tantrum, distract him so you can put the collar on first, and then let him wear it for a short period around the house. After your pup is used to the collar, then start with leash. If he shows signs of discomfort or resists the equipment, distract him to put it on and use plenty treats and praise to help him get used to it.

  • Teach a cue

Choose a word or phrase that lets your dog know what is expected of him. You can also make use of a sound cue such as clucking your tongue or use the click and treat method. The goal of the cue is to make your dog turn to you or look at you. Whenever you make that cue and your pup comes to you, give him treats and praise. Repeat the activity a few more times and you will notice your pooch not only looking at you but also coming over to you for the treat.

  • Practice inside

Take your furry friend for walks in the house to help him get used to the collar and leash in a safe, familiar environment. Offer treats and praises as your puppy gets used to coming to you and walking with you without pulling.

  • Take your pup outside

It’s now time to test your dog’s skills in the great outdoors. By this time, your pup should be used to the equipment. You might want to tire your dog out a bit before the walk by playing a quick game of fetch or wrestle with him to help him focus during the walk. After one or two walks, you can let your dog go on a stroll without tiring him out, but remember to keep his leash short enough that he cannot easily leave your side.



If your pup pulls during the walk, stand still and refuse to move until your dog comes back to you. Never allow your dog to move forward when he’s pulling or lunging. Also, it’s important to know that training a dog to walk on a leash requires patience, so don’t expect your pooch to be perfect in one day.

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