There are no absolutes when it comes to leash training your Miniature Siberian Husky puppy. Every dog is different. Some will take to leash training right away and some will resist training by refusing to move or acting like a fish flopping at the end of hook. We try to give you a head start on the process by getting puppies accustomed to wearing a collar around their necks, but from the moment you bring your new puppy home, you need to make sure your puppy is being regularly introduced to a leash and collar.
When Should I Start Leash Training?
Your puppy should be wearing a collar from the day you get your puppy home. You can introduce the leash for short periods of time by attaching it to the collar and letting it dangle. Once the puppy is used to this extra appendage, hold the leash loosely. Work up to leading your puppy with the leash from there. Never leave your puppy unattended with a dangling leash, not even for a second. This is a choking hazard.
What Type of Collar Should a Young Puppy Wear?
This depends on your puppy. If your puppy actively fights against wearing the leash and collar a harness might be the way to go. You can get a mesh harness that is designed to prevent pulling. However, in most cases you should put a light leash and collar on your puppy during the training period. You have time to explore other types of collars later.
What if my Puppy Totally Rejects the Leash?
A strong-willed puppy may attempt to do this. However, the leash is for your puppy’s safety and your puppy absolutely has to get used to wearing one. Puppies that are hard to leash train may respond well to a tie out. I never recommend leaving a dog tied out in the yard perpetually, but a tie out can get your dog accustomed to having a collar with an attachment. I recommend thirty to forty-five minutes maximum time on a tie out per day for a young puppy.
Whatever you do, avoid retractable leashes. These gadgets can be dangerous. Your puppy can run right into traffic or some other danger before you get the leash to stop. Your puppy should always be as close to you as possible when leashed and on the go.
This comes in four different colors and is designed with young puppies and cats in mind. It’s comfortable and light weight.
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