Leash Training Your Dachshund
There are many benefits to leash training a dachshund. For example, you’ll be able to take your dog on trips such as the beach, park, and camping. Not to mention, you will avoid the stress of dealing with a dog that pulls while on a leash! Besides being able to enter public places with your dog, a leash is also used for safety. A good example of this is dog car buckles; the majority of these attach to a leash.
What type of equipment is best suited for leash training a dachshund?
To be on the safe side, leash training a dachshund should be done using a harness. Why is a harness recommended over a collar or gentle leader? Dachshunds have long backs, and this makes them susceptible to suffering injury to the spine and other parts of the back. Unlike a collar or gentle leader, harnesses support the back, and if the dog pulls the pressure is evenly distributed.
A collar or gentle leader can be used along with a leash once your doxy is leash trained, although there is still the risk that your dog may be accidentally pulled and injure his back. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what type of equipment works best with your dog.
Four Steps to Leash Training Your Dachshund
1. Introduce the Harness and Leash
Choosing a well-fitted harness is very important; a rule of thumb to go by is that at least two fingers should fit in between the harness and the dog. This is enough space for your doxy to move and breathe comfortably, but not enough for him to slip out of it. Place the harness on your dog first, and then attach the leash. Allow your dog to guide you for the first few days, and then begin training. If your dog becomes frightened or anxious, speak to him in a calm and soothing tone until he feels comfortable. Another way to eliminate your dachshund’s fear of the leash is by associating it with a positive event.
2. Start Walking
After the leash is safely secured to the harness, position yourself on the right side of the dog, and hold the leash in your right hand. Start walking with your left leg; this will become a sign for your dog to start or stop (once he’s learned to heel) walking.
3. Correct Pulling
One of the most common issues owners have to deal with in leash training is pulling. At the first sign of pulling, stop, remain silent, and wait until your dog is still. Following these steps will not only get rid of the pulling, you can also take advantage of this time to teach your dachshund to heel.
4. Reward Your Dachshund
Your dog should be rewarded each time he stops and is no longer pulling. In the beginning, it will be a good idea to carry small treats with you for motivation.
Since dachshunds have the tendency to get bored easily, it is recommended that the training sessions are short. Three to four training sessions of five minutes each should be sufficient to start with. Once your dachshund has improved, 2 to 3 sessions per day is enough for your dog to become an expert at leash walking!
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