How to lead train a dog

What’s the best way to teach your new puppy to walk on a lead? We’ve got it covered with our top tips for how to lead train a dog.

James Martin Content writer
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How to stop your puppy pulling on the lead

Puppies are naturally excitable and, when you’re out and about, your dog’s likely to want to rush off and explore. Here are some pointers to help you stop your dog pulling on the lead: 

  • If they start pulling, stop walking - your dog needs to learn that if they want to carry on walking, the lead must be loose.  
  • Be patient - it will take a while to teach your dog to slow down (you’ll need to allow a lot more time for walks). But stick with it and you’ll get there. Give your puppy lots of praise when they don’t pull. 
  • Don’t punish pulling - just be consistent and reward your puppy with treats when they walk by your side. 
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How to choose the right dog collar

Before your puppy takes to the streets, they’ll need to have a lead and collar. Here are a few things to think about when buying these: 

  • Buy a collar that fits your puppy now - rather than one they’ll grow into.
  • Give them a treat when you first put the collar on - so they’ll associate it with good things.  
  • To begin with, limit the amount of time your puppy wears the collar – build up gradually.  
  • Take your puppy’s collar off when you’re at home initially - so it doesn’t get caught on the furniture. 

Buying the right dog lead

Is a lead or a harness better for a dog? There are advantages to both, so it often comes down to personal preference.  

The main advantage of a harness is that it’s easier on your dog’s neck. Harnesses can also give you more control over your puppy – making them easier to lift, if that’s an issue.  

Traditional leads tend to give you more control over pulling or jumping up.  

Whether a lead or harness is best will depend on your dog. Some hate putting their head through the harness, others aren’t so bothered by it.

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