Leash Training

Frenchies need an alpha male in their pack. It can be you or them, they don’t care.

The best way I have found to establish that I am the alpha male is leash training. Takes about five to six days to really be effective. Leash training is very useful for teaching commands and discipline to your older puppy or dog.

To begin, take your pet out for leash following only the first couple of days. This requires you to be forceful in making them follow you. Do not yank too hard or you can hurt their trachea. I make them  follow me until they give in and are following easily.

Next, start teaching them to heel. This means you don’t let the pet lead you or go around to your left side. This requires you to shorten the leash where they have to stay at your right heel.  Once they are doing this properly and consistently, you go to the next phase: teaching them to stop and sit.

Stop & Sit:

You basically start with the command of come on, then go a short distance and say stop and you stop as well. Then give the command of sit – you may need to place your hand on their butt and make them sit. Then scratch their back as a reward and praise them with good boy or girl.

Then, stand up and go again. Do this over and over until the dog stops as soon as you say so and then say sit. You will find the pet will start sitting as soon as you say stop.  Again, scratch their back and praise them.

Once your pet is doing this consistently, lay the leash in front of you once he sits and place your hand in a stop position and say stay. Move back a foot or two as they will immediately want to follow you. When they stay, you say come here and reward them with great loving and scratching. Continue doing this and keep trying to get further and further away from them. Do this for as a many days as you can until you feel they have it down. About once a week for the next couple of months, you should do this to jog your dog’s memory.

These commands will make your dog more enjoyably and MAY SAVE HIS LIFE in a emergency situation. You get out of this what you put into it.

Good luck and enjoy a better behaving pet.

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