Dog leash training is one of the most important things a responsible owner can do for puppies. Training your dog to walk on a leash will keep them safe outdoors, and a leash can also allow you to retain control during other training methods.
A good dog training collar and leash are all that is really required for this training, but depending on the dog or your needs, a special dog training lead may also be helpful.
Specialty dog training leads are especially useful when training a large dog, and are available in a variety of types. Choose a good quality leash that can withstand the strain of a dog pulling against it. There are many different types, and while many trainers prefer leather leashes, again choose what is right for your needs.
Dog training collars are also available in a large assortment, but the most important thing to consider when purchasing a collar is fit. A collar should fit snugly and comfortably; tight enough that it does not slip off but loose enough that it doesn’t choke your pet. Especially with growing puppies you may want to purchase an adjustable collar instead of having to buy a new one every time your pet grows. If you are trying to solve specific behaviour problems then you may want to invest in a collar designed specifically to correct such problems.
Some trainers suggest allowing puppies to become familiar with something attached to their collar, such as tying a piece of string to it. Once they ignore this string and no longer try to play with it, trade it for a bigger rope. After they are accustomed to the rope, attach the leash. This will prevent them from chewing on it or trying to play with it the first time you try to train them.
Ideally your dog should know all the basic commands before beginning leash training. This will help them understand what you expect from them, and make it much easier for you. Your dog must also understand that you are the leader, and that the leash is used to communicate your expectations of him. Without this understanding, you could quickly lose control of your pet in a public place, endangering his safety as well as your own.
There is an abundance of free advice on leash training your dog available on the Internet. You may also want to ask friends or your veterinarian for their advice on dog leash training. With a little patience you should be able to leash train your dog without a professional trainer, but such a person may be able to give you a few pointers. A dog training collar is a another great way to get your dog listening.