Leash Training a Golden Retriever Puppy: A Step by Step Guide

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Leash training your golden retriever puppy is one of the most important things that you can do as an owner. It will not only help to keep your pup safe and secure, but it will also give you peace of mind knowing that they wont be running off on their own. This guide will provide step by step instructions on how to leash train your puppy.


Step 1: Choose the Right Gear
The first thing you need to do is choose the right gear for your pup. There are a variety of collars, leashes, and harnesses available and its important to find one that fits your pup appropriately and that theyre comfortable wearing. Make sure the collar or harness isnt too tight; it should fit snugly but not be constricting. You may also want to consider buying a leash with adjustable handles for added convenience and comfort.


Step 2: Introduce the Leash
Once you have the right gear, its time to introduce your golden retriever puppy to their leash. Start by simply having them wear it around the house without any tension or pressure from the leash itself. This allows them to become accustomed to the feeling of wearing it without feeling restricted or confined. You can even give them treats while they have their leash on in order to create a positive association with it.


Step 3: Practice Outside
After your pup has become accustomed to wearing their leash inside, its time to take them outside for some practice walks! Start by walking in areas with little distraction so they dont get overwhelmed by all of the new sights and smells around them. Keep each walk short at first (no more than 10 minutes) so that they dont become overstimulated or exhausted from all of the new information theyre taking in. As your golden retriever puppy becomes more comfortable walking on a leash, increase the length and intensity of each walk until you can take them out for longer periods of time without any issues!

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Brandon Dickinson

I love playing and spending time with pups. On RetrieverPaws, I share tips, guides, and my experiences with retriever dogs (Labrador and Golden Retrievers mainly).

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