Features January 2016 Issue

7 Steps to Leash-Train Your Puppy

This shelter pup, in her very first training session, is walking as beautifully with the leash on as she does without it. The leash is being used appropriately here – simply to prevent the pup from wandering off, not as a “handle” to coerce the pup into coming along with the handler.

7 Steps to Leash-Train Your Puppy

How to leash-train your puppy without a leash.

Did you know that the best way to teach a puppy to walk politely on a leash is to not use a leash? If you think that sounds like an inscrutable Buddhist koan, fear not – you are not alone. It’s far more common to see people either dragging their puppies around, or being dragged around by their puppies, than it is to see a calm, happy puppy trotting along by her owner’s side.

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