How to Leash Train your Puppy!
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How to Leash Train your Puppy!

September 12, 2019

Today’s video is sponsored by pet flow. Having your dog on leash is an imperative part of teaching them so that they catch on even faster. Today i’m gonna show you how to get your dog loving leash training with “Flurry”, the rescue Lab puppy. Give “Flurry” a thumbs up, make sure you subscribe to my channel and pick up a copy of my book! …No, this is not a chew toy. You can get it (the book) in written or audio form. I’m real excited to be using Merrick’s backcountry real salmon jerky treats in today’s lesson these are some of the best dog training treats that you could use. The number one ingredient is salmon. That definitely smells like salmon. If you want a high-value currency, you can’t go wrong with these. When using a really good quality treat, you want to make sure that you’re using real small pieces of something that’s soft and tastes really good and smells really good to your dog. Just this one strip right here, you could do so much training you can also get Merrick’s backcountry raw infused dog food. Listen to these ingredients: deboned bee, lamb meal, salmon, then sweet potatoes, then I guess normal potatoes. Boy. He likes this stuff how many brands do you know that actually have real pieces of freeze-dried meat? And that’s real meat in the dog food itself It’s a really top-notch dog food This food is so high-quality that I’m gonna use it along with these salmon treats today in our lesson. They also have grain free stews, too. We got green beans – look at all that meat. I see some carrots in there, so much good stuff, and you know Merrick’s got your cat covered, too. You can get Marik’s backcountry line on Petflow. You can set it up for auto-ship as usual. I’m gonna have a great discount and a link in the description. The leash is for far more than just walking your dog. It is the absolute best way to control where your dog can and can’t go during that first year of training even indoors. Young dogs like Flurry who are just a few weeks old tend to stay really near their people, so many mistakenly try to bypass leash training because they just conclude, “hey, my dog is pretty good off leash and I don’t really need a leash”. But as your dog gets older, bad habits begin to emerge slowly at first and then tend to get out of control. Now, let’s make sure that Flurry is doing well on leash while in this easy setting first, and then we’ll go outside and see how things go. Flurry, this is leash biting not leash walking. So many puppies love to bite on their leash. If your dog does that, first make sure you’re using a good treat. And, we’re just simply gonna get his attention on this treat, instead of yanking the leash out of his mouth. Look at that! We just taught him to think from the inside-outward, without forcing him to do something. And just be real consistent, they’re gonna do that for the first few weeks of training come on. Let’s go walk. Let’s walk here, good. Come on. Yeah nice work, and I’m gonna reward really liberally here and give them lots of tiny treats Let’s try one of those freeze-dried bits. It’s there. Oh, that’s good, isn’t it? You love those. Let’s walk here. Good job. And look, you can see how he’s paying attention to me – wherever I go, he’s going. I’d like to make sure that I can get Flurry’s attention on me as well. Hey, up here Flurry. See that Yes, that’s very good. Traditionally, leash training has been all about popping the leash and creating an unpleasant consequence when your dog doesn’t behave ideally on leash. That’s something we really need to get past, though. And we really want to motivate our dogs to want to do something rather than correcting them for doing things we don’t like. That’ll make training a lot more enjoyable and your dog will progress a lot faster. I’m so proud of you. So, we’re gonna go into the real world now and see if we can make this lesson a little bit more challenging, because, hey – if your dog won’t listen to you when they’re distracted, well that means your training isn’t done yet. Of course, if you’ve got a young dog, make sure your puppy is appropriately vaccinated before taking them in public. There’s a distinction between a training walk and a real walk. See, a training walk has no real destination. The entire objective is simply to get your dog paying attention to you while you’re on the other end of the leash. When you’re leash training in a new environment for a young puppy you must be tolerant of them being distracted. It’s just all part of being a puppy. I’m just gonna change directions really often over here. Just to keep them guessing and paying attention to me. Now I’m gonna see if I can get him to look up at me here here. Here we go. Come on. There’s those eyes. I love it. Here you go buddy. Flurry is freezing up a little bit. He doesn’t want to walk with me. But that could mean a couple of things. It could mean, hey, they’re sincerely nervous. Or, he could be saying, “I want to go this way, I don’t want to go back that way”. So, I’m gonna try and get peppier to get his attention on me cause, you know, dogs like it when we’re fun. And he’s biting on the leash. I don’t care about that right now. I’m just happy walking more enthusiastically. Good! How about this way, let’s go on the grass. The beauty of training walks is that when you see distractions like giant exotic birds everywhere, you can use that as an opportunity to do some training with them and get them to listen to you around these distractions. The last thing you want to do is be on a normal walk and encounter something that your dog has never seen before when you’re in a hurry, because you don’t have time to teach them in that situation. So, here we have the benefit of having nature, we have geese and all sorts of crazy birds, so I’m going to walk around right here. All right! Yeah, that’s a good dog. Come on. Yes good job! And so I’m just getting them in the habit of paying attention to me while around all these birds. But of course, when you’re walking with your dog you can’t just walk around in circles all the time saying, “hey, look at me, look at me!” You eventually want them to walk on a straight line like a civilized Labrador. We’re walking in a straight line, now I’m going to turn around. I’m going to try and make a straight line this way. Let’s go Flurry, come on, look at that. I mean hey, this is starting to look like a real walk right here. It’s not just about giving your dog a treat every time they do something good let them know, sincerely, with heartfelt appreciation how much you appreciate that they’re trying. That’s what you want out of a leash training session with your dog. Leash training is way trickier than a lot of people realize. See, when you have a young puppy like Flurry, they’re gonna grow so rapidly. Their legs are gonna get longer, their muscles are gonna get stronger and their natural pace is just gonna increase. And they just have no idea that they’re walking faster than you. So, you’ll need to be very tolerant and very vigilant throughout their first many months of leash training. If your dog is particularly rambunctious when you’re trying to do a leash training session, that almost certainly means you need to do some exercise with your dog before leash training. Now, I know it might seem normal – “Hey, I’m taking my dog on a walk to get their energy out”. But with real high-energy dogs, fetch is generally the best way to exercise them, so if your dog doesn’t yet know fetch, that time should be dedicated to teaching them fetch. If you’ve got a new puppy, and you want to continue to see great dog training content, consider becoming a supporter on my Patreon campaign. That link will be in the description. Oh, now that’s my currency: puppy kisses! I love it. Click thumbs up if you think Flurry did a great job today. Make sure you’re subscribed to my channel. Set automatic Merrick food delivery at Petflow, too – it’ll make your life way easier. the Merrick Back Country Line is amazing as you saw in today’s video. Pick up a copy of my book, Dog Training Revolution. Those links will be in the description. Good job Flurry, you did good!


  • Reply Tierra Hensley March 16, 2019 at 1:09 am

    What kind of leash do you recommend

  • Reply Linda Moore March 17, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Great advice..

  • Reply Ross F March 19, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Dog on kitchen bench ? YUK !

  • Reply Davey Crockett March 23, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Skip to 2:00 minutes to miss all the commercial bs

  • Reply Davey Crockett March 23, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Hey Zach if I leave a link to MY page will you consider giving me money as well?

  • Reply Sevag Hadjian March 26, 2019 at 10:53 am

    How should I make my puupy jack russell love the leash? When I put the leash on he's reacting differently he's not even playing should I remove it from him?
    He's 2 months old and 2 weeks should I get him a crate or it's not necessary?

  • Reply Sevag Hadjian March 26, 2019 at 11:01 am

    How should I fetch my jack russell puppy with a leash on it's distracting him while he wants to play while I remove it from he starts playing but poops everywhere should I focus on controlling his energy level? And how should I exercise him?

  • Reply nigel stilgoe March 28, 2019 at 10:32 am

    labs are easy try an english bull terrier

  • Reply Trisna Ragbonshe March 28, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Can you show a video about teaching the dog how to leash because when i leash my puppy he always bite the leash and cry.

  • Reply KeeKee DiMascio March 29, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    What happen if you walk with your daughter how do you help that he on following me on opposite sides with my daughter is on

  • Reply L M March 31, 2019 at 2:12 am

    I have two puppies and when I take them together on walks they are rlly hyper and don’t listen, should I take them separately at first ?

  • Reply Brooke Lee April 1, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Can you do more training videos on older dogs who have already formed bad habits? For those of us who havent adopted a puppy

  • Reply Szonja Kollar April 2, 2019 at 2:15 am

    So my dog is really shy, and doesn't like any of the treats she has been offered. What would I do in a situation like this? (she is very picky about food)

  • Reply Jenny's too much April 7, 2019 at 5:33 am

    I am gonna get a lab pup in the next 3 days and it is my 1st pup . Your videos are helping me a lot . Your videos are super interesting and very helpful

  • Reply Bruno The Golden April 9, 2019 at 12:15 am

    topnotch dog food🤣🤣 u know whats top notch? a raw diet..

  • Reply angie hassinger April 12, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    We are possibly getting a new puppy today! This video really helped me understand leash training.

  • Reply Vincenza Firmaio April 13, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Any tips for a chow chow puppy

  • Reply [email protected] Ogola April 14, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    that looks just like my dog

  • Reply Amy Outen April 15, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    I didn’t start watching training videos until my puppy was about 4 months (because since I already have a dog I assumed I knew what I was doing) and now I’m worried that she’s gonna be out of control/stubborn when she’s older. Is there still hope to train her to be a good pup?

  • Reply Alison Dosi April 19, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Lovely rug…hope he didn't pee on it…good training vid too…

  • Reply sheilapascoe1 April 20, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Your channel helps us

  • Reply M Kahn April 22, 2019 at 9:11 am

    What breed is fluffy aka the dog

  • Reply grung_e April 22, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    My dog gets on the leash, plops down, and I dont know what to do… Every video and no answer.

  • Reply Ómra Gavin April 23, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Do petflow deliver to Ireland?

  • Reply dongmei xie April 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    I'm getting my dog this Friday!!

  • Reply David Vaughn April 27, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Hey Zak! The videos are great and my new pup is learning very fast! She wears a harness and drags the leash around like in your videos but when I unclip the leash or start to remove the harness she flips out and tries to run away from me. I don't know if it's because she can't see what I'm doing back there or what. She's very accustomed to being touched and has no issues with cleaning her feet, wiping her face, looking in her ears, etc. It's only when I and putting on or taking off her harness or leash. I know I'm not doing anything to hurt her. What can I do to get her used to this and not fight me every time?

  • Reply Oaktree Lady May 3, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    OMG! I understand having a commercial, but PLEASE, don't put an animal on the counter!!!!

  • Reply cyndylou Arceneaux May 9, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    I love this video, Zak is the best !!!!

  • Reply Poonam sharma May 11, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    I have taught my dog many things because of you.Thank you so much…

  • Reply A M R A May 12, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    dude thats a beaver!!_!_

  • Reply WHereTHeWIldTHingsAReNOt May 12, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    ZAK with that ad money, son. 💰

  • Reply I LoveMovies May 15, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Videos take so long to start after the promotions

  • Reply UncleMo TV May 16, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Where does this guy live??? Narnia??

  • Reply Trish Traynor May 17, 2019 at 12:20 am

    I'm feeling very smug. My Chihuahua Dempsey is almost 8 months old. When I first got him I put his lead on said come on and away we went. 👍

  • Reply Shadoe May 19, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Will this work with older dogs? (rescues mostly)

  • Reply Mariah Sproed May 21, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    is this a leash training video or food for dogs video?

  • Reply L May 22, 2019 at 11:57 am

    For everyone who has problems with getting the dogs attention, this is my advice. (Someone asked me to write it down here too)

    Start training in an environment with less distraction (at home, without other people/animals walking around). The first step in animal training is that they pay attention to you. More “advanced” stuff like leash walking is maybe too hard for your dog right now. Start on level 1. Whenever your dog looks at you, click and reward. Don’t ask him to do it, just wait for it to happen. Be patient. When your dog realises that you are the fun one in the room, then you can go take steps forward. Level 2 is that you call his name and he will look at you. Don’t be like “max max maxxx max max max max LOOK pudiwudi max max!!!”. This will learn your dog that he don’t have to listen the first time you call him. Just say his name in a calm tone, and say it once. If he looks at you: REWARD. If he doesn’t wait 7 seconds to call his name again. If this is still too hard, go back to level 1.
    Only when your dog is having attention for you as an owner you can go work further with him. There is no point in leash walk training (or other tasks) if he can’t do the basics first.

    Oh, the kind of reward is important too. Some are more food driven, others like toys more. Some will do with just a belly rub. Let the rewards be a real reward for your dog. If you have balls laying around in your house all day, it isn’t really a reward anymore. Make it something special. And make the training sessions short (max 5 mins)

  • Reply Henry Bascombe May 23, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    This is a dog food commercial

  • Reply Brooklyn Tea May 30, 2019 at 9:41 am

    I own a 2 month own husky and when I walk her she pulls hard on the leash the other time she almost got hit by a car so I pulled her back hard and I chocked her a little bit and she vomited what can I do?

  • Reply Sayber May 31, 2019 at 2:35 am

    4:41 my 8yr old cousin goes “wtf is that”

  • Reply Aaryaman Sehgal May 31, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for all the video

  • Reply Rachel Salz June 1, 2019 at 8:47 pm


  • Reply Sliferslacker21 June 3, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    One question. How tf do I get my german shepherd puppy to STOP BITING MY ANKLES? No matter what I've tried to do, she still does it after 2 weeks. I notice it's usually when we go in a direction she didnt want to go (we have a large yard, about 2-3 acres so I'll try to take her around the yard and then around the house and yard. But I've tried positive reinforcement, where I say no or stop and she does, I give her a treat and start walking again, then she does it again. It's almost to the point where I think she bites the ankles just to get the treat. So then I tried just giving her good words and petting her after she stopped with "good girl" and after I dont give her the treat then she completely ignores me when I say no. Then I tried the "ow" method because OW. She gets my actual skin. Same as before, she'll stop and then continue, proceeds to ignore future "ows". I've even tried spanking her and that doesnt work, clearly. I've tried some technique where the mother dog nips the extra skin at the back of the neck to make them stop an action and she doesnt stop. So in the end, it's only half a walk and I put her in time out and I'll try again and she still does it. I've looked everywhere for tips but so far nothing has helped. I dunno if I need to get rid of all that energy because shes usually so good in the mornings.

  • Reply calden Debeer June 3, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    I recently got a brown labredoor and she's so playful

  • Reply melissa davis June 3, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Flerrrryyy. What a cute name for him

  • Reply Randi Ling June 5, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Any idea on what kind of harness this is? We've tried a over-the-head harness, and a step-in harness and I'm not sure our puupy likes either one of them.

  • Reply ruiningpeopleslives June 6, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Toooooo much marketing

  • Reply D Bearden June 7, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Having a hard time training when others keep playing with her and distracting her while were outside training anyone else have this problem?

  • Reply Edgar Omar June 12, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Didnt he have another video that said dont train walking with a harness?

  • Reply MarieGT June 16, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Firs time I tried to take my pup out on a leash he tried to eat everything on his path 😩 I’ll try this tho

  • Reply Puppy Princess June 21, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Awesome video! Could you please do one for training a large breed dog on a leash? I've got a 2 year old lab great pyrenees mix who needs help learning how to walk on a leash. He is quite stubborn and so when we are coming home from his walk, he freezes outside and sits down (he's 40kgs). He then tries to get out of his harness and collar if we pull/direct him toward the house 🙁

  • Reply K Posh xoxo June 26, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Pet food plug are annoying

  • Reply Asian Caillou June 28, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Yoooo when I put the leash on my puppy it looks like he is having a seizure, but right now it’s 2:00 am so tomorrow ima try this!!! 😂

  • Reply nilesh thombre July 2, 2019 at 9:24 am

    U r a boring man

  • Reply Read Nigga, READ! July 5, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Yeah this way never works all the dog does is holler and scream. I get a choke chain and use the shock training method for instant results!

  • Reply Sylvia Newcombe July 8, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    I use a walker how do I leash train? She is 4 pounds chihuahua/pom cross. Very hyper. Any suggestions?

  • Reply Summer Breeze July 9, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Dog on kitchen Counter! I wouldn't prepare food in that kitchen..HELL NO!!

  • Reply Sylvia Newcombe July 11, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    My pup is 6 months old

  • Reply cheetahwarrior5k July 12, 2019 at 6:14 am

    1:34 your welcome! :3

  • Reply jesse morunga July 14, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Does know one hate this guys mofos adds?

  • Reply Dimtris Chrisomallidis July 14, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I want a dog so much but my parents won't get me one

  • Reply Dimtris Chrisomallidis July 14, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I want a dog so much but my parents won't get me one

  • Reply big Head July 16, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I tried not the same outcome

  • Reply MsVideoWatcher100 July 17, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    That doggie is absolutely adorable

  • Reply Prescott Stanley July 18, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Jeez enough with the advertising. It's psychologically draining

  • Reply Rainer Link July 19, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    how old does your puppy have to be to leash train him?

  • Reply Martin k July 20, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Learning alot from these videos , have a nervous little puppy who needs alot of encouragement to walk on the street

  • Reply James G Rivera July 20, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Do you use a collar to leash train?

  • Reply Sara Isabel July 21, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    My puppy freaks out any time we put on a leash, as soon as he feels the slightest tug he goes crazy crying and yelling and trying to get away. He doesn’t even care for the snacks 😕

  • Reply Logical Extreme July 25, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Millions of subs giving him ad revenue and still shills for patreon money.

  • Reply J P July 26, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Was that a beaver?

  • Reply Joseph Flake July 28, 2019 at 4:42 am

    How do you actually put the harness on the puppy?

  • Reply Joseph Flake July 28, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Mine is not mellow. Wish you could demonstrate on a mis behaved puppy

  • Reply hilda bangalisan July 28, 2019 at 9:40 am

    ummmmmm were not dogs

  • Reply Brittny Hawk July 29, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Im turn off by commercial input. Its no longer training but just an ad.

  • Reply Dora The Explorer July 31, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Note: this is extremely hard to do with a nine month Chihuahua 🧸

  • Reply SailorJamerio oUo August 4, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    My puppu isn't much in a happy mood He just stands still and lays down :

  • Reply pablo vásquez August 5, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Hello guys I was looking for something to give water to my puppies on walks as this bottle I found in… have any suggestions if it is appropriate or some other alternative??

  • Reply Google 2014 August 5, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Ugh. Actually thought I'd take him up on the salmon jerky and they don't carry it anymore. 😒

  • Reply LPS pride August 6, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    The pup is so cute

  • Reply anonymous user August 7, 2019 at 5:16 am

    After 2:30 of ads your advice is give my dog a treat for biting her leash?

  • Reply Cmf_khaoz August 7, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Love dogs

  • Reply Tony Tyssens August 9, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Your the best YouTube dog trainer Zak. Your energy is the best for these dogs 🐶

  • Reply James Ouellette August 12, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    The first dog (jack Russell terrer) was leash trained and his mother's womb my second dog ( dutch shepherd) no comment

  • Reply AlreadyPro August 12, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Is this a ducking commercial

  • Reply Nathan Rdz August 16, 2019 at 9:33 am

    I dont know if I'm really hungry right now but the food he shows at the beginning of the video looks kinda good

  • Reply Joi August 18, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    My 8 week puppy hates outside. It scares her (sounds) and all she wants to do it run back in the house. Idk what to do.

  • Reply Lourine Sarah August 20, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    I adopted a puppy when he was a 8 weeks old and I mistakenly didnt start any training besides potty training, sit and down. He aced potty training by the time he was 10 weeks thanks goodness but hes now 15 weeks and were starting leash training. Hes hyper, hes a labrador elkhound mix. Any suggestions on hyperness he loves fetch and he seems to tired but his energy goes back up when it comes to walks.

  • Reply Ann-Marie Löfberg August 22, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    We also have a 5,5 month old puppy, she has been with us a month. She’s a real bright dog and eager to wanna make us happy by doing what we want her to do. I have taken the 30 days free classes You give, Zak and I like them really much. But I can’t say I give response very well but we making progress and that what we want. Out youngest daughter are studying dog behaviour, and get good skills for being able to be a dogtrainer in the future. She is between what You say High School and College. (16 years old) Anyway she Will teach her a lot too. I do share Your way of learning skills to the dog and You have a good way of showing and explaining. I love that

  • Reply krzysiek zmora August 23, 2019 at 10:30 am

    You have easy puppy. Mine lying on the floor and treats dont works. When i take him out he just shaking and dont wannna go

  • Reply Korvus Korpus August 23, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Please stop advertising for a grain free diet, do your research on Dilated cardiomyopathy grain free diets

  • Reply Revamp GSY August 27, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    all about the food guy..not interesting..

  • Reply Tech Buzz August 29, 2019 at 3:48 am

    On this video time puppy was how many days old

  • Reply mikeswain612 August 29, 2019 at 7:00 am

    My Rottweiler puppy lays down 3 minutes into the walk

  • Reply I Hate people August 31, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    I watch these because my sister just received a pitbull & lab mixed but she never has time to train him because she work 9 hours a day and she live alone, so I have to come over some days and play with him. He's only 8 weeks. I told her she seriously need to get him trained well. And she needs someone permanently to play with him while she's at work. Dogs need much attention but she doesn't understand that.

  • Reply Omar Inman August 31, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    So helpful for my puppy she’s 9 weeks old was basically taken from mom and handed right to us house breaking has been challenge as well

  • Reply dOoMaNdGLoOm September 4, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    This is not a good representation of leash training a puppy. You need to show a puppy that is not a Lab, Golden or other mild temperament breed. Use a terrier or a shephard next time for a true representation of a hyper puppy. This video was honestly useless and just entertainment.

  • Reply Shauna Franklin September 6, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Zak, I hope you read all your comments. I absolutely love your videos and the best part about them, is you teach with no discipline. Training your dog shouldn't include discipline. If the dog isn't catching on, then perhaps its the trainers bad training

  • Reply TwiTchy WiTch September 8, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I'm confused… why is the puppy on the kitchen counter??? Are we cooking her?

  • Reply TwiTchy WiTch September 8, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    I'm here adding to my training knowledge tree because in 3 wks I'm going to bring home the love of my life. An infant German rott puppy. I've been waiting for him since he was a sparkle in his daddy's eye! I put a deposit down when his momma was cooking him up almost 4 months ago, It's finally almost time!!! He'll be my first rott puppy! I always adopted adult problem child rotts, this time I get to lay down original training instead of undoing someone else's, or lack thereof. I'm SOOOO excited!!!

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