How to Leash Train your Puppy. Leash Training Puppy. Collar Training.

Finally the time has come to go out for a walk with the puppy on a leash. For a small size puppy, will be enough a conventional leash (leather or nylon) with collar, as well as one of one piece collar, that must fit strongly enough so he can't get rid of it.Big breed's puppies should have adequate leash collars according to their size, but never strangling models. Starting at four months, in case of big breeds, you can use a "half strangling collar", that can be replace at six months with a normal strangling collar. These definitions does not mean they are torture tools: they are collars that gird to the neck when the dog pulls on the leash, causing a pain that prevents him doing so. However, theory contrasts clearly with practice: no dog (except those with weak temper) is convinced by that pressure on his own neck. As we will see later, the way of teaching them not to pull is different. The great development in accessories for little animals in recent years, have produce a series of articles that seem strange for this purpose. Our advice is to ignore these strange articles, usually they are not useful. Traditional and quality collars and belts are the best option. For medium, big and giant sizes, the length should be one a half meters. The collar should be simple (not double), and of hard leather. This belt is use for a walk and for training.

There are also some traditional instruments, totally inadequate for any breed or size, like:

  • -the short belt with "handling", that induces the dog to pull;
  • the petral, that press dogs to separate elbows, not allowing a swift movement;
  • the chain collar that can hurt the owner's hands or the animal's teeth while trying to bite it

Don't ever buy these instruments for company dogs, or for exhibitions, where we will be considered as rookies (in fact the petral is forbidden as the judge cannot make a correct evaluation). Old people are the only ones that can take out dogs with petral (if from small breeds), because of the problem of having to bend down to lift the dog. This is the petral's only advantage. If you have a Nordic dog, for instance a husky, some people will try to persuade you that sled dogs don't use conventional belts and collars, but harness, like in the North Pole. Do not believe it. In first place, harness is the work's dress, and not use daily. To say that a husky or a Samoyed should have harness, is like pretending a Formula One pilot to wear his helmet when going to a restaurant. However, there's another factor to have in mind: the harness has a very different structure than the petral, cause nothing goes behind the dog's elbows. The harness does not impedes movement as the petral. Besides you can't take out the dog with a harness, cause you will not be able to hook the belt. Harness is not designed to take the dog out for a walk, but to pull, and this is what the owner's does not wants from his dog.

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