Puppy training in the early days is very easy. A puppy is naturally inclined to follow you as the “pied piper". This will change as the puppy becomes more curious and feels more secure, and wants to wander further to explore its environs. Then, puppy training requires a bit more guidance on your part.
A collar takes getting used to for a young dog. A puppy often must be trained to accept the collar. The puppy collar carries the contact identification tag (vital for return of a lost pet) and rabies tag. Don't put the dog's name on the ID; the name could endear it to wrongdoers.
Some puppies adjust easily to a collar and others attempt to remove the collar at first opportunity.
There should be enough room to slip two fingers between the collar and the neck, but should not pull over the ears. Any looser, the collar can slip over the head, get lost and the puppy escapes!
The collar should be worn at all times. Buckle collars (adjustable or flat) are safe for daily wear. Most collars have a ring to hold the ID and rabies tags; and breakaway buckles, or the collar itself will break if the puppy gets it caught on something. The puppy training collar, commonly known as a “choke chain or choker", should never be left on a puppy that is unattended. If snagged, it can choke the puppy to death, or cause permanent injury to the trachea, esophagus and voice. Puppy training collars are for training only! All collars should be removed and checked on a regular basis for uncomfortable hardness, stiffness, dirt and grime.
The puppy may need time to get used to the collar as well as the restraint of the leash.
Attaching a leash to the collar may come as a surprise to the puppy. The leash may seem like a game and the puppy may attempt to take it in its mouth and pull against your control effort or treat it as an unwanted restraint. Start by attaching a string about two feet in length to its collar. Make the string just long enough to trail behind for the puppy to play with, but not heavy enough for the dog to feel weight from it. When the puppy ignores the string completely, replace it with a heavier rope, and repeat the process. As soon as possible, attach the leash to the collar and allow the puppy to accustom to it. The puppy will train quickly to ignore the leash.
You cannot train a puppy that you cannot get your hands on right away.
Your puppy should never be allowed out of its crate without its collar and leash. Do not let the puppy out of your sight while he has on a leash. When the dog appears to ignore the dragging leash, take control of the leash by stepping on it or picking the leash up. The idea is to stop the puppy's free movement and take a different direction than the dog was going.
The puppy might fight it, or he might go willingly. If the puppy starts full-body twisting, yanking, and biting at the leash, resisting the pull, do not let go of the leash, and do not continue to pull on it. Call your puppy by name to get its attention. Give the command only once. Do not be mean but be forceful so the puppy realizes he should respond immediately. Bring the puppy to your side, taking up any slack in the leash as it comes toward you. Reward with lots of praise, and repeat the process.
A simple buckle collar and a six-foot leash is all you need for this puppy training exercise.
Have a few treats in your pocket, and coax the pup to remain near your side as you walk and praise as you go. Puppies have short attention spans, so five minutes at a time, several times a day, keeps puppy training sessions both short and positive. The purpose of this exercise is to get the young dog trained to the connection of you in control of the leash attached to the collar, and to be accepting and calm. We do this before the next step of training the puppy to walk with you under control.
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