How to Quickly and Easily Leash Train Your Dog

Guest Post by Ashley Halsey is a professional writer at and 

How to Quickly and Easily Leash Train Your Dog

Understandably, whenever you put a new dog or puppy on a leash for the first time, there’s always going to be some kind of backlash. The freedom your dog has known all its life has somehow gone, and it’s confusing and stressful in some situations.

But, fast forward a few years, and we’ve all seen how excited dogs can be when you pull out their leash, indicating it’s time to go outside and greet the world. Some dogs never look happier, but how do you get to this stage?

In this guide, we’re going to show you everything you need to know.



Start with the Basics

“Firstly, before we get into actually how to start training, the first thing you’ll want to do is get the right mindset and start with the basics.

This means getting into the habit of treating every single walking session you go on as a training session where you’re going to practice being on the leash” explains Ruth Barrow, a lifestyle writer for Draft Beyond and Last Minute Writing.

“You also need to do this regularly by doing it at least once a day to form the habit, but two walks a day is ideal. Of course, you don’t want to be all work and no play, so make sure you bring treats and let them run around and have fun. The whole process has to be a positive one to work.”


The Penalty Yards Approach

Perhaps one of the most common approaches to leash training is known as the Penalty Yards method. All you need to do is put a treat a few yards in front of your dog and have your dog sitting by your side on their leash. Walk forward, and as soon as your dog starts to pull ahead, you gently stop, tug the lead, and say no.

Then you go back to the beginning and start again. Keep repeating until you can get to the treat without any pulling. While simple, this will take multiple attempts to get it perfected to a tee.



How to Prevent Pulling

“The pulling aspect of the worst part of leash training that you’re trying to break through, but different dogs will do different things depending on their reaction to the lead. For example, some dogs will pull and dance around more, even when you pull and tell them to stop, or they’ll try running circles around you” shares Paul Avery, a blogger for Writinity and Research Papers UK.

The approach to sort out whatever is going on here is to take the treats with you, the treats your dog absolutely loves the most and get them to sit and wait for the treat to calm them down. Don’t be too generous with them because your dog will just end up sitting no matter what.




Get Them Beside You

Of course, the main part of being on the leash is that your dog is actually next to you, or beside you and can remain to your side. Of course, the best way to deal with this is to get the treats out and then lure your puppy or dog to your side.

When they stay by your side, verbally praise your dog and reward them with the treat. With enough practice, you’ll soon find your dog doing this automatically, and then the process of training them to be on a leash should be much easier to follow through with.


Avoid Retractable Leashes

It’s important that you try to use a fixed-length leash where possible, usually measuring around the 5-6-foot mark. Due to the retractable nature of these leashes, it isn’t very easy to use during the training phase because they do not keep your dog safe, which is the main reason you’ll get one.

Please make sure the leash you choose is comfortable and sturdy, but in the case of an emergency, you need to be able to pull back your dog without the risk of it not pulling and working when you need it too.

Using a harness can also be a great way to make the whole process easier. If you do use a harness, make sure you get one where you can directly attach the leash to it, and the collar and everything are comfortable and doesn’t cause too much stress. This is a great idea for dogs who like to pull a lot since you’ll be able to be more assertive when pulling them back without hurting them.



Author Bio: 

Ashley Halsey is a professional writer at and who has been involved in helping families get the most out of life. Mother of two children, she enjoys travelling, reading and attending business training courses.



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