How To Leash Train A Labradore
Leashing a dog is not easy task, but it is very rewarding if done properly. When you are going to do this, you need to have a few things in mind:
1) You need to make sure your dog does not pull too hard or long on the leash.
If your dog starts pulling too much, then you will probably get bitten!
2) You need to make sure your dog is comfortable with the leash.
Your dog needs to feel secure and relaxed when you are holding onto him.
3) You need to make sure your dog is happy and relaxed while walking on a leash.
This means that you must keep yourself entertained and give your dog some positive reinforcement (such as treats).
You may want to read our article about Training A Dog For Walking On Leash first before reading this one.
If you are interested in learning more about the different types of leashes available, please visit our Leash Types page.
Before we begin, let’s take a look at what a leash is and why you might want to use one. A leash is basically something that goes around your dog’s neck and allows him to move freely. There are many kinds of leashes out there; however, most people prefer the ones made by Kong®.
The red one on the left is the collar that comes with the leash. The black one on the right is a regular nylon one I use for walking my dogs around the neighborhood.
There are many reasons why you might want to use a leash with your dog. For example, some people are concerned about their dogs running away from them and getting lost or hurt. Having a leash on your dog will at least prevent them from running away too far. Others are concerned about their dogs hurting another person (or another dog).
These people use a leash as a way to keep their dog from hurting another being. There are also other types of material that can be used instead of the neck, such as harnesses (which I will not be talking about in this article). If you want to know more about harnesses, you can visit our Harnesses For Dogs page. However, in this article we will be focusing on the different types of leashes.
This is the leash I mentioned above. It looks like a muzzle but instead of going over your dog’s snout, it goes around their jaws (by their nose). The halti is a great leash because it spreads out the pressure across the area around their nose and not just around their jaw (which would hurt them more). This type of leash also allows you to control your dog more easily without choking them.
It is important, however, that you get the right size for your dog. If the Halti is too big or too small, it will not work as well. You can get a Halti at most major pet stores.
The Choke Chain
This is a good leash to train your dog with; however it should only be used for training purposes and not as their everyday leash. Personally, I never use this type of leash on my dogs because I believe that it increases the likelihood of your dog developing behavioral problems (such as fear biting or running away when they see another person or animal). This kind of leash works by tightening around your dog’s neck whenever they pull towards something. This is supposed to hurt your dog enough that they won’t bother pulling towards whatever it is they’re pulling towards.
The problem with this is that it can also have the effect of making your dog afraid of whatever it is they’re looking at (such as another person or animal). If this fear becomes strong enough, your dog may end up fear biting whoever it is they’re afraid of. Fear biting is when a dog tells someone to stay away from them by nipping at their legs. This is a very dangerous thing because a dog is much more likely to bite someone (whether it be out of fear or anger) if they’ve already developed a reputation of biting people in general.
By using the choke chain excessively, you run the risk of your dog becoming afraid of whatever they’re looking at and this could result in your dog biting someone.
The Prong Collar
This is another training leash. It looks very similar to the choke chain, but it works in a different way. The prong collar has multiple points on it and when you pull on it, these points spread out and apply pressure to your dog’s neck. Unlike the choke chain, the prong collar does not tighten around the dog’s neck.
Rather, it applies pressure evenly around their neck. This type of leash is also used just for training purposes and should not be used as your regular leash.
The problem with this leash is that it is especially easy for the dog to slip out of. Also, if not used properly, it can cause some serious damage to your dog’s trachea. It does work pretty well though and is probably one of the better head collars you can get.
This is probably the most common collar that you will see on a dog. I’m sure that most of you reading this already have one on your dog.
The buckle collar is probably the least effective out of all the collars mentioned in this article. It does work to some extent (or else it wouldn’t be as popular as it is), but it’s far from being the best.
In any case, the collars mentioned above are all designed for training purposes only. Once training is over, you need to replace them with a regular collar and leash. Do not continue to use the training collars once your dog has finished his training. These training collars are not meant to be used on an ongoing basis.
They are only meant to be used in order to train your dog in the first place.
After finishing your training, you need to buy a “regular” collar and leash. You need to make sure that you buy one that matches your dog’s size. Especially with the leash, you want to make sure that it is long enough for you to be able to take your dog for a walk, but not too long where he can easily slip out of it.
So, all you have to do is look at your dog’s current collar and buy one that is about the same size. If you’re unsure, just ask your parents to buy one for you on your next trip to the store.
Or, if all else fails, you can just buy one at PetSmart or PetCo. The stores in these chains should have a good variety of collars for you to choose from.
A Dog Leash
A leash is used for walking your dog, tying him up, or tying him to you if need be. A leash is basically a rope or chain that attaches to your dog’s collar and by holding the other end of it, you have control over your dog.
You can buy a basic nylon rope-type leash at most pet stores and these work just fine. You could also use a chain type leash. The only problem with these is that your dog can slip out of it if he pulls too much. (You don’t want him to be able to pull out of his collar and run away or get away from you while on a walk).
Also, these can sometimes be too heavy for smaller people to hold onto.
Collars come in many sizes and colors. It’s all up to you.
There are many different types of dog leashes. Each one is designed for a specific need of your dog. There are no rules saying that you have to use one type over another. The choice is completely yours.
In fact, you may even decide that some of these leashes don’t suit you at all and come up with a design that is perfect for you.
Let’s look at the different types of leashes that you can choose from.
A standard leash
This is the most common type of leash. You will find that it gets the job done just fine.
A retractable leash
These are very convenient to use. With this type of leash, you don’t have to worry about ever becoming too far from your dog. The only problem with these types of leashes is that they can pose a risk for the owner as well as the dog if not used correctly. With a long line of cord attached to your dog, there is a possibility that he may trip or get tangled up if he were to run after something and pull too hard.
Also, these can be very difficult to handle for beginners. It takes some practice in order to figure out the best way to hold the leash so that you have the right amount of slack and control.
A coupler leash
This is basically two standard leashes combined into one. The best thing about this type of leash is that it gives you much more control. I highly recommend this for beginners or anyone having a hard time with the standard length of a leash. Also, if you’re walking two dogs, this is a must as it will keep them closer together and make it easier to handle them.
The dog harness
These are basically designed for dogs that pull when they walk. They distribute the force of the pulling over the whole body rather than just around the dog’s neck. Some dog harnesses also have a leash hook where you can clip on the leash. With these types of harnesses, you can walk your dog without having to hold onto the leash at all.
While harnesses may seem like a better idea at first, they are not recommended for all dogs. There are some dogs who will figure out that they can pull even harder when equipped with one of these. This can lead to a very uncoordinated walk as the human is constantly being drug around by the dog.
Also, many dogs, especially males (and even more so when not neutered), have a natural tendency to pull when they are excited or on a leash anyway. So, using a harness as a solution to this problem may not work all the time.
The best idea is to try out a few different types of leashes and harnesses to see what your dog responds to. You may also have to change what you’re using if you find that it is not working out.
No matter what you end up using, make sure that it is comfortable for your dog to wear and that it will not be too heavy for him if he decides to drag it around. I’ve seen some leashes that are very thick and heavy, and I don’t know how the owner stands carrying it around all day. So choose a leash that won’t weigh you down!
The Two-Legged Types
Some people just naturally have a better way with dogs than others. This will help when you start obedience training with your dog. For instance, if the dog is misbehaving, some people know how to yell in such a way that the dog will respond correctly and quickly to avoid another scolding. Other people are just naturally good with animals in general and can gain a dog’s trust better than most.
The best way to become one of these people is through experience. Gaining as much experience as you can with many types of dogs will help you in the long run. Not only will you be able to tell what your dog needs, but dogs in general as well.
Also, the better you get to know your dog, the better chance you have of knowing what he is trying to tell you. Paying attention to the little things can make all the difference in having a good relationship with any dog.
Obedience training is very important if you want to bring your dog out in public. While basic obedience is usually required for becoming a Service Dog, there are a few extra things that should be taught as well. This will not only make your dog a better companion to you, but it will also make things easier if you need to take your dog with you in an emergency.
Obedience training can be done by taking a class or by getting some guide books and lessons DVD’s and teaching the dog yourself. Whichever you choose, this should be done as soon as possible after getting the dog.
Some very important things to teach your dog are as follows:
SIT: This is probably one of the first things that you learned to teach your dog. Not only is it a simple command, but it can be used very often to help calm and control your dog in almost any situation. It may seem like a small thing, but you will find that you use this command quite often.
BE QUIET: This is another very important command to teach your dog. This is something that I had a lot of trouble with when it came to Chance. He would constantly bark at anything and everything and it was very hard to get him to stop. This caused problems with neighbors and the authorities, and I had no way to stop him.
If I had only taught him the “Be Quiet” command, things would have been much easier.
GET BACK: This is another important one to teach your dog. While you may not have problems with your dog attacking people, there is always a chance that this could happen. Dogs are protective of their owners and if someone comes to close, they may feel threatened and lash out. By teaching your dog to “Get Back” you will give him a warning to stay away from someone before they get hurt.
CLEAN UP: This command is very similar to the “Be Quiet” command in the sense that you will use it a lot. Most likely you will be using this command after your dog has eliminated so that he learns to clean up after himself. While this command is generally used for when your dog has eliminated outside, it can also be helpful inside as well. If your dog makes a mess of any kind, simply taking him to the spot and ordering him to “Clean Up” will teach him to stop doing it as well as giving him something to do on his own time.
For a dog that is well-trained, this command can mean less work for you.
RESPECT: This is the last of the important obedience commands, but definitely not the least. When it comes to your relationship with your dog, you need to remember that YOU are the alpha and he is the omega. It is very important for your own well-being and your dogs that you remember this. By teaching your dog to “Respect” you, you will be able to remind him who is the leader of the pack.
While these commands are most often used for Service Dogs, you may or may not need all of them. It is up to you as the owner to decide what commands will best fit your lifestyle and needs with your dog.
Obedience training is not only about teaching your dog to listen to you. It is also about you learning how to handle and control your dog. If something goes wrong, you will need to know what to do in a given situation. For example, if you happen to live in an area where it gets very hot and there is a heat advisory, you will need to know if your dog can work or not.
While some dogs are able to withstand the heat just fine, others are sensitive to it and can suffer from something like heat exhaustion if worked for too long.
It is very important to remember this and to pay attention to your dog. While some owners believe that their dogs do not experience pain like a human or even a normal dog, this simply is not true. While their mind may process it differently, it will still hurt them.
Another thing that owners often forget is their dog’s age. While it may not seem like a big deal, many owners do not take into consideration how old their dog is.
This means that some dogs will be able to withstand longer work periods and more difficult tasks while others may have a shorter leash or be unable to complete certain jobs at all.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Labrador Retrievers for Dummies (J Walton, E Adamson – 2011 – books.google.com)
- Acquisition of a visual discrimination and reversal learning task by Labrador retrievers (L Lazarowski, ML Foster, ME Gruen, BL Sherman… – Animal cognition, 2014 – Springer)
- The Labrador Retriever (S Bolan – 2009 – books.google.com)
- Labrador Retriever: Most Popular (J Rudolph – 2011 – books.google.com)
- Compensatory load redistribution in Labrador retrievers when carrying different weights–a non-randomized prospective trial (B Bockstahler, A Tichy, P Aigner – BMC Veterinary Research, 2016 – Springer)