Lead Training

Lead training puppies

Puppies will find lead training stressful at first. Start by putting the lead on your puppy and allow him to wander around an enclosed area, e.g. a garden, with the lead trailing behind him. In this way the pup does not associate the lead with limiting his desire to investigate. Do this for a few days and then move on to holding the lead and following the pup around the garden.

After a week to ten days you might start walking in public with the puppy. Try to limit the time you spend in very busy or noisy areas at first – but don’t avoid them completely. Take your dog out in the day time for very short walks at first. Don’t drag him along, be patient. Walk along slowly ensuring that your pup walks closely to one side of you.

Lead training dogs

Many rescue dogs may need to be lead trained, as they may have little or no experience of being walked on a lead. It is possible to lead train an adult dog without special equipment. Aim to have your dog walking closely to one side of you. If your dog pulls on the lead, often the simplest and most effective way to stop this is with the use of a special harness. Dogs in Distress recommend the Lupi harness for this purpose. This harness stops your dog pulling on the lead and ensures that you can both enjoy a walk together.

Agility classes

More and more dog owners in Ireland are taking their dogs to agility classes. An agility course is like an obstacle course for your dog. If you like, your dog can compete in agility competitions where dogs are classed by size. Dogs enjoy the challenge and the physical exercise that agility training offers. Owners enjoy the experience too! If you would like some recommendations on agility classes in your area why not post in the Dogs in Distress Forum in the Advice area.

Interact with your dog

You are the center of your dog’s world. Reward that loyalty with your time and attention. Pet him, talk to him and play with him. Let your dog know that you value his company.