Training Puppy to Accept
Young pups are often bewildered or unsure of themselves and their newly
acquired leash and collar. It usually takes only a few hours for a pup
or even an adult dog to adjust to a collar. Choose a collar that fits
comfortably but securely. Choke collars are a training aid and should
never be used as a substitute for a regular buckle type collar. The
collar should have an identification tag and license attached.
Simply put the collar on the dog and let him jump, squirm, roll and paw
at it if he wishes. Don't encourage the behavior by laughing or trying
to soothe him. Do not reprimand him either. It's best to just ignore him
and let him get used to it or provide some distraction to get his mind
off the collar. Play, training and eating work well to get the pup's
mind off the collar. Once the dog accepts it, he won't even know it's
there. It's similar to a person getting used to wearing a ring or watch
for the first time.
Training Puppy to Accept
Once your pup accepts the collar, put his leash on and then just sit and
watch. Obviously, do this indoors or in a secure confined area. Let
puppy drag the leash around on his own but keep a close eye on him so
that he doesn't tangle or get hurt. Leave it on for just a few minutes
at first. Later, repeat the exercise for longer periods of time. Put
your pup on leash during mealtimes, so he associates the leash with a
pleasant event. If he is very fearful of the leash, you may want to put
it next to the food bowl for a while before attaching it to his collar.
Eventually he will see that no harm is coming and there indeed is
nothing to be afraid of.
When you are sure he is completely comfortable walking around with the
leash on, pick up the other end for a few minutes. Do not try walking
him yet. Just hold onto the other end and let him lead you around. Try
not to get into a position that will make him pull or strain on the
leash or he will probably become afraid of it again. If he sits down,
that is okay. You just sit down too. Try backing up and enticing him to
come towards you. If he hesitates, don't pull or drag him by the leash.
Try luring him over to you with a food treat or toy. When he starts to
walk, praise him profusely so he knows how happy you are. Give him lots
of time to get used to his leash and always try to make it a pleasant
Give your pup lots of practice getting used to walking on leash in his
own home, since it is a familiar environment with minimal distractions.
When he is comfortable indoors, try going outdoors. Again, begin in an
area with few distraction such as your front or back yard. When the two
of you have mastered this, you are ready for places where there are more
distractions. This exercise won't be difficult, since you've both had
lots of practice beforehand at getting it right.
If your pup is biting and chewing the leash, try applying bitter apple,
Tabasco or some other unpleasant tasting (but nontoxic) substance to the
leash. Reapply before every outing.
Remember to always walk your dog on-leash. A dog off-leash is always in
danger; accidents happen very quickly. Your dog's safety as well as
compliance with your local leash law, is your responsibility.
Training Puppy to Climb Stairs
If your dog is afraid of stairs, or simply does not know how to climb
them, then begin slowly to build her confidence. Start off at the bottom
of a flight of steps. A wide, shallow stairway will probably be least
frightening for your dog. Go up one step; encourage and lure your dog up
with your voice, a food treat or a toy. When she is successful, give her
lots of reward and praise. Then go back down that same step. Repeat only
one step over and over until your dog goes up and down with ease and
courage. Wait a while, then try two steps. When your dog feels secure
going up and down two steps, then try three steps and so on. Never force
your dog to go up or down as this will only frighten her and slow the
process. Always use praise and lures to get your dog to go up or down a
step. Don't rush her into doing more than she can, take things "one step
at a time."
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