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Puppy Training Tips: Walking on the Lead and Reducing Jumping

Whilst jumping up at people may be cute, not everyone enjoys a dog leaping up all around them. Indeed, with a big, powerful dog it can be dangerous and harmful. In a similar way, puppy pulling you around all over the place when out for a walk may be natural for the puppy but is behaviour to train them out of as unless you do so, that pulling will become harder and harder for you to control as puppy grows in to an adult dog.

Therefore – it is important that you train your new puppy properly from the outset how to walk nicely on their lead and also not to jump up at people. Teach your puppy how to behave the “right” way.

An easy way to discourage jumping is every time they do it (jump up at you or someone else) is to put their paws back on to the floor, so they are back in a standing position, and give them plenty of positive praise. The general idea being to teach puppy that if he or she doesn’t jump up then nice things happen and they get fussed instead.

The best time to do that, of course, is when the puppy is still small and easy to handle. When the puppy jumps up on you or someone else, gently place the puppy’s feet back on the floor. When the dog remains standing there, be sure to praise it extensively.

Another technique is to simply ignore their attention seeking (I know, it’s difficult) until they realise it is not going to get them what they are after. Then when puppy has calmed down – then you give them positive praise and a bit of a fuss. In a similar way to the paws back on the floor approach, you are teaching puppy that nothing good happens until they stop jumping. When they do, they get a nice fuss as a reward.

Teaching puppy to walk well on the lead and not pull is another essential early skill to teach them.

You will (obviously) need a good collar and lead. Different breeds of dog may have particular needs here (greyhounds for example need a specific style of collar to support their necks). I suggest taking some advice from your local pet store as to the best collar and lead for your puppy.

Also, for example, if you opt for a body harness-style affair, put it on to puppy and allow them to wander around the house getting used to wearing it before venturing outside.

Then it’s time to start training puppy in how to walk nicely at your side. Start small. I suggest nipping out in to the garden or back yard to begin with. Give puppy a little slack on the lead, but no too much. When they start to pull and want to go have a look around, quickly change the direction and give a gentle tug on the lead to get puppy back at your side then give them back that bit of slack on the lead.

Repeat every time puppy starts to pull or want to go explore. The idea here is that you are in control and not subject to following the whim of your puppy to go anywhere they please. If you do allow puppy to do that, you are encouraging it to happen and it will get worse.

By simple correction you are teaching puppy how to walk calmly at your side. A much better behaved and easier to handle dog when you are out for “walkies”.

Consistency is key with puppy training to instil the “right” behaviour. A well-trained, well behaved puppy will develop in to a well-trained, well behaved adult dog who is credit to you as the owner and your training skills.

I hope you have found this of use should you have, or be thinking about, getting a puppy. If either do apply to you, then you may like to check out this online course on puppy training tips for beginners. Separation anxiety is something to be aware of also. Here’s some useful information on dealing with dog separation anxiety which you may like to check out.

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