The Best Way to Leash Train Your Pup

The Best Way to Leash Train Your Pup

Around here, we know that the research is true: on average, people with dogs walk a whole lot more than people without. An average of two hours more each week! And when you add a weighted Jetti Pack and Leash to those walks, you elevate them from a walk to a workout.

But that only works if your canine companion is a well-behaved walker who doesn’t stop to sniff every bush or pull toward every sound. 

Fear not… with a bit of know-how and patience, well-behaved leash walking is a skill that can be taught. 

First off, let's gear up! Whether you're dealing with a playful pup or a seasoned companion, a well-fitting collar or harness and a sturdy leash are essential, which is why we designed the Jetti Pack and Leash combo, a perfect four-feet leash with a bit of bungee stretch and a traffic handle.

Now, onto the training. Here, positive reinforcement is the name of the game. Whether your canine companion is a bouncing bundle of puppy energy or a wise old soul, rewarding good behavior with treats and praise will go a long way in shaping their leash manners.

Begin your training sessions in a calm, distraction-free environment. For a young puppy, begin by letting them explore while dragging the leash behind them. This helps them acclimate to the sensation without overwhelming them. For older dogs, start with a refresher on leash basics in a familiar setting with little distraction, perhaps just up and down a driveway or a few laps around the yard.

When it's time to hit the pavement, hold the leash loosely and encourage your pup or dog to walk beside you using verbal cues like "let's go" or "heel." When they pull, simply stop and wait for them to return to your side. Reward them generously when they do, reinforcing the desired behavior.

Consistency is key in leash training. Keep training sessions short and sweet, aiming for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time – perfect for a beginning Jetti Pack walk for you as well. Practice regularly to reinforce good habits and build confidence.

As your dog progresses and you get stronger, gradually introduce them to new environments with increasing distractions. Start with quiet streets and gradually work your way up to busier areas. Remember to be patient and celebrate every small victory along the way.

Leash training is a journey, not a destination. Whether you're guiding a playful puppy or refining the skills of an older companion, stay positive, patient, and persistent. With time and dedication, you and your furry friend will be strutting down the sidewalk with tails wagging in harmony. Happy walking!

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