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How to Prevent Dogs from Developing a Bad Habit of Refusing to Tie Leash

To avoid dogs developing a bad habit of refusing to tie a leash, it is necessary to train them to wear leash equipment from a young age.

Unit 1: Indoor Collar Wearing Special Training

Training points:
(1) Training timing.

Start training at home as soon as possible.

(2) Preparation work.

Let the collar smell like a dog in advance, such as hiding it under a small blanket where it sleeps.

(3) Induce.

The owner crouched down not far from the dog, opened his arms, and made a “come over” gesture. At the same time, he shook his collar with one hand and issued the “come over” command to attract it to come over voluntarily. The purpose of this step is to cultivate the habit of dogs coming over voluntarily when they see the collar. Remember, never chase a dog with a collar, otherwise it will make it feel afraid of the collar.

(4) Wear a collar.

After the dog comes over, the owner holds the collar in one hand and puts it under its nose to let it smell. At the same time, he gently caresses its neck with the other hand, and then gently puts the collar on it in its calm state.

(5) Rewards.

After wearing the collar, reward the dog immediately. After a few seconds, release the collar and let the dog move freely.

(6) Strengthening.

Repeat steps (2) to (5) multiple times, gradually slowing down the speed of wearing the collar and extending the time of wearing the collar. Until the dog can calmly allow its owner to wear a collar on it without any aversion, and then proceed to the next unit.


When using a collar for the first time, it is recommended to use a style that can be quickly fixed, such as a plug-in buckle collar, to avoid making the dog nervous due to taking too long.

Unit 2: Indoor Traction Rope Special Training

Training points:
(1) Preparation work.

Just like training with a collar, let the leash also smell like a dog in advance.

(2) Wear a collar.

The owner holds a collar in his hand, calls the dog to his side with the “come over” command, puts on the collar, and rewards him.

(3) Familiar with traction ropes.

Hold the traction rope in hand and place it in front of the dog’s nose, let it smell it, and then reward it. The purpose of this step is to make the dog feel good about the traction rope and establish a “good” conditioned reflex.

(4) Tie the traction rope.

Tie the traction rope; Immediately give a snack reward, then use a cheerful tone to give the command to leave, such as “let’s go”, and then pull the traction rope to jog ahead. Dogs will happily run with them. Change to a normal pace in a moment. Alternate this several times. Then loosen the leash and collar to allow the dog to move freely.

(5) Strengthening.

Repeat steps (1) to (4) multiple times, often taking the dog for a “walk” with the dog leash at home, until the dog comes happily every time they see the traction rope equipment and can cooperate with the owner to wear it, then they can enter the next unit.

Unit 3: Practical Training

Training points:
(1) Wear traction equipment and go out.

Call the dog to your side with the “come over” command, put a collar and leash on it, verbally praise it, and use a cheerful tone to issue the “go out” command. Then open the door and lead it for a walk.

(2) Relax the rope and move freely, reward with rope pulling snacks and continue moving forward.

In a safe place, relax the leash and allow the dog to move freely for a few minutes. Then, recall the dog and reward it with snacks. Tie the leash and continue moving forward. Repeat this step frequently along the way.

(3) After playing enough, pull the rope again.

After releasing the leash for the last time, let the dog play to its heart’s content. After it has played well, recall it, tie the leash, reward it, and take it home. Now, the conditioned reflex of “tying a leash=good things happen” has been established and strengthened in the dog’s brain, and you can easily tie a leash to the dog at any time!


(1) At the beginning of going out for practical training, you can add food rewards to the dog after wearing traction equipment. In the future, there is no need because allowing it to go out is the best reward.

(2) Be sure to follow the sequence of tying the traction rope before going out. Don’t let your dog go out without wearing a collar or leash. You can quickly release the traction rope after going out, but make sure to tie it up before going out. This way, the dog will associate wearing a collar and tying a leash with the pleasant experience of being able to go out.

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