There is a way you can leash-train your dog without pulling and when you achieve this, you wouldn’t get dragged down the road but will surely walk, run and hike beside you with ease.
By Guest Blogger, David Huner
When you become successful with leash training, you will even train the dog to walk in loose leash. The following tips will help you become successful with leash-training your beagle puppy in a few days;
To discourage your Beagle puppy from pulling, you need to choose a head bark collar or a front attachment harness. Though the front attachment harness or head collar will dissuade the dog from pulling, he will still require training to walk beside you. A front attachment harness is also easy to use with a no-pull device. Headcollars are good for aggressive Beagles because they require the maximum amount of control. The best bark collar should be flexible, adjustable, and easily maintained. You can read a guide on the best bark collars for beagles, simply click here.
You may want to try different lengths and types of leashes for your Beagle puppy before training them. Beagle puppies are more nervous than their older adults, you need to take it slow and be patient with leash training.
Front attachment harness and head collar must be used only with leashes that are at least 6 feet long. If the leash is too long, the dog may go too fast and end up injuring himself when he reaches the end of the leash abruptly. One simple technique to help your dog learn to walk without him pulling the leash is for you to stop moving forward when he is pully. You may reward him with some treats when he walks by your side.
The Right Walking Techniques
You should begin the training by attaching the dog to a leash that is 10-20ft long while he wears the standard harness. You can get some pieces of cheese as a reward for the dog and then take him to an outdoor area like your yard.
Choose whether you want the dog to walk on left or right and give him the treat by your thigh on the side you choose. The threat you give him occasionally will keep him walking on the site you choose. Walk briskly and randomly around the yard and as you give him some treats and he gets better walking on the side, you should stop giving him rewards. Continue practicing until the dog walks beside you all the time.
Pay Attention to the Occasional Stopovers
While practicing in your yard, you should pay attention to the moment the dog walks off on his own or when he lags to go potty or sniff. Wait for some seconds and give a voice command like “let’s go” and slap your thigh 2-3 times to make sure he notices you and get back to your side.
Reward the dog with praise again when he catches up with you. If the leash is too tight and he doesn’t catch up with you after sniffing or going for potty, don’t force him but simply reduce the pressure on the leash as he begins to walk towards you.
Continue practicing the potty and sniffing steps in your yard before taking the dog out on a leash. The aim is to have your Beagle walk on your side most times with occasional sniffing or potty.
Decide When He Takes Break
At the beginning of leash training, the dog will likely decide when he pees and poops or even sniffs. At this stage, you should decide such a time. For instance, you should decide whether the dog should take a break after 5 minutes of walking. You should use voice command like “go potty” or “go sniff” when the time reaches. If the dog wants to potty before time, you may use food reward to distract him so he can run to your side. Once the free time has ended, simply issue a voice command like “let’s go” or “come”.
Switch to a Shorter Leash
Perhaps you have been using a leash that is longer than 6 feet before, you should also train your Beagle with a shorter leash. If you are lucky to have an adjustable leash, then all you need is to shorten the length.
Don’t make the leash shorter than 5 ½ feet and practice walking extra slow or fast and occasionally change your direction and reward him with food threats if he follows you while you do these. Begin to reward the dog less frequently when he gets used to different directions of the walk.
You should also repeat these exercises in different terrains and conditions. For instance, you should train the dog when hiking, at the beach or when exploring a park.
At this stage, you should consider throwing some challenges at your dog. Hold the dog’s leash and toss a ball few feet away from you, and if he pulls towards the ball, simply release the leash and walk in opposite direction. Allow the dog to bring the tossed ball and hold the leash again.
The leash-training of Beagle puppy may not go smoothly always. If your dog crosses in front of you at the beginning of the training, simply stomp and shuffle your feet just to make your presence known to the puppy.
You must examine the health status of your puppy Beagle, if he is moving slowly, for instance, he could be frightened or simply sick. It is quite common for a beagle puppy to walk behind you even with a leash in certain situations.
If your puppy sees a group of bigger animals for instance, in unfamiliar terrain, he may want to take things slow. In this case, simply hold your puppy in the hand until you are away from the threats. The secret to being a successful Beagle puppy leash trainer is to persevere with the little animals. It will take a longer time to train a little Beagle puppy than an adult beagle.