Why is it essential?
Training boxer puppies—and other dog breed puppies is essential—if not obligatory for all dog owners. When a puppy—and boxer puppy is quite big in size, is able to walk on a leash properly, it is beneficial for the owner when deciding to take a walk with her in some public places. For big-size dog breeds, including boxer, a loose-leash walk training is highly recommended rather than the tight one, since there are some benefits, such as:
- When a boxer puppy is accustomed to a loose-leash walk, she will not attempt to pull the leash using the neck, causing gasping sounds she might produce.
- Compared to tight-leash walking, a loose-leash walking also gives you a more relaxed feeling and prevents achy arms from pulling the leash—and the dog during the stroll.
- A leash is an essential tool to keep a puppy near to supervise.
- Leash training gives the puppy a message that you—and other walkers are the pact leader. Hence, you will gain obedience and prevent the dog from being aggressive. This method is also a good way to get the dog socialized with her surroundings.
What to prepare?
Boxer is a big-size dog. Hence, you need to prepare leash-walking instruments which can support her weight, body size, and power. For a leash training with boxer, a traditional buckle collar will not be very suitable, since boxer puppy might easily back up and slide through it. On the other hand, adjustable collar is the best one for boxer puppy, so that you can adjust the size as the puppy grows. Martingale collars is also a good option, since it gives double safety from boxer’s slide and slip habit. If you prefer to loose-leash walk your boxer puppy and include this to the training, a chain or pinch collar is mostly practical.
Training a boxer puppy to walk on a leash
- Teach your boxer puppy to obey your instructions and understand your messages without a leash.
- Ask your boxer puppy to sit still. Make sure you have her undivided attention.
- Run or walk fast the other way to get her chase or follow you.
- Stop after reaching 5 steps, before she gets to you.
- The idea of the training is to let her know that it is fun to follow you. This will be necessary in preventing her reluctance to walk when leash-trained.
- Get the boxer puppy accustomed to the collar and leash.
- Put the collar on by adjusting the right size.
- Do the obedience stage with the neck collar on, until she gets used to how the collar feel on the neck.
- This is important to get the puppy accustom to her collar to minimize her excitement with the new collar on.
- Introduce the boxer puppy to her leash.
- Once you manage to introduce the collar and get the puppy accustomed to it, it is the time to introduce the leash. This might be surprising to the puppy, since the leash is long and alerting.
- Attach the leash to the boxer puppy’s and do the obedience stage.
- Give high-valued treats once she obeys the instruction without snugging the leash or trying to get away from it.
- Walk the dog by holding the leash.
- Hold the leash loosely.
- Move several steps forward and let the puppy follow you behind. However, keep her always behind you. Do not let her walk in front of you. If she tries, gently pull the leash to let her know.
- Do the walk several times until the puppy understands the message of following you on leash.
- When she manages to get to the end of the walk, show her the treat and compliment her while giving the treat.
What if the puppy does not want to walk on leash?
Do the leash-introducing stage more often, by giving her the treat once she finishes to chase you on leash. At home, you can weave her treat and show her the leash at the same time. Eventually, she will get the message that the leash is not something to worry about. Instead, the object helps her in getting special treats. You also need to make the stroll enjoyable for her by doing some things, such as:
- Invite her to do a back and forth sprints after you finish walking her on leash. Invite her to come to you using the treats. Once she obeys and does the sprint toward you, immediately pet her or give the treat.
- Give the leash stroll a special name of keyword. Next time, weave the leash while mentioning this keyword.
- Do the leash walking regularly, so that she knows it’s a fun activity.