Leash train your puppy in record time with this dog trainer's top tip

Puppy sitting in front of owner with leash on
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If you’ve just welcomed a new bundle of fluff into your family - congratulations! Puppies can fill our homes with so much joy, but as you’ve probably already discovered, being a pet parent isn’t always easy.

In those first few weeks, it’s easy to get caught up in trying to figure out what to feed your little one, which of the best puppy toys to buy, and how to find the perfect sleep spot for them to get that all-important shuteye. 

What we don’t always realize is just how much training we’ll need to undertake with our puppy in order to get them to learn what’s expected of them and to help them behave accordingly. 

And when it comes to training, getting our puppy to wear a leash without kicking up a huge fuss can be a real challenge. Luckily, expert dog trainer Ceasar Millan (opens in new tab) has shared his top tip for making the process easier. 

In a video on TikTok which has been watched over three million times, Millan walks us through how to make leash training fun using the best puppy treats

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“He has no idea that he’s putting himself through the loop,” Millan explains as he demonstrates getting a puppy to walk through the opening in the leash voluntarily to receive a treat. 

“Now he’s wearing it, now he’s feeling it,” he says. “You let him feel it, you take it off. This is about him feeling the rope, the leash.”

Many pet parents commented on the video and how much Millan’s training tips have helped them over the years, with one saying “everytime this man opens his mouth I learn something new,” with another adding “everything I learned about dogs is from you. Thank you.”

Whether you’re trying to figure out how to train a puppy to walk on a leash or you’re in the midst of potty or crate training, remember that helping your puppy learn what’s expected of them in your home takes a great deal of time, patience, and consistency.

If you’re several weeks into a training program and don’t feel that your puppy is making progress, we recommend reaching out to a professional dog trainer to get some 1:1 support. 

Kathryn Rosenberg

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has spent the past two years dividing her writing time between her two great loves - pets and health and wellness. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with one very mischievous Cocker Spaniel, drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and attempting to set numerous world records for the longest ever FaceTime calls with her family back home in NZ.