DOG TRICK: Get your leash

You can teach your dog to get their leash either upon command or whenever he wants to go for a walk.

By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Cynologist,

You’ll need to teach this trick about 100 times before your dog will be proficient with the trick.

Here’s how to start:

  1. Introduce the word “leash to your dog by using it each time you put it on him.  To help solidify this word, toss his leash and tell him to “fetch leash.”
  2. Keep the leash in a regular spot.  A peg is better than a hook since the leash will slide off the peg easier.
  3. Point to the leash attached to the peg and encourage your dog to “get the leash!” Reward your dog immediately by buckling his leash to his collar and taking him for a walk.
  4. The next time you are ready to go for a walk, get your dog excited to go out and then have him bring his leash before leaving.

NOTE:  With this trick, the reward is a walk instead of a treat, so be sure to introduce this concept early on.

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