German Shepherd Puppy Training Guide for Beginners – PART 3: Leash Training
Once you’ve introduced crate training and potty training to your new puppy, leash training will be the next on your list.
- To start, let your puppy get used to wearing a collar/harness and leash inside before going outdoors.
- Let her wear them for short periods of time in the house while you are playing with him and giving him treats. The puppy should love collar-and-leash time because it represents food and fun.
- When she is comfortable with wearing the leash indoor, take her outside for short walks. Keep the leash loose.
- If your puppy gets distracted or start pulling, turn around and walk in the opposite direction. Then reward him with a treat for following you.
Here’s an easy-to-follow video that put everything into action:
At this stage, you can use a 6-feet leash and a soft and lightweight collar.
Remember, your puppy is still a child and will be easily distracted by sound, smell, people or other moving objects when she is outside. And they are not mature enough to make the best decision. You should always use a leash until they are well-trained and reach adulthood at age of 2-3.