Waste no time in getting your dog used to wearing a leather collar. If you put it on for about 10 minutes several times a day, it is surprising how soon the dog will get used to it. Then keep it on for much longer periods of time and also attach to it an identification tag. On the tag, you should have your phone number or address, or both. Don’t put your dog’s name on the tag because if your dog is ever stolen, the thief would have the good fortune of knowing your dog’s name.
With modern technology, many dogs are now having microchips inserted under their skin. These can be scanned with a special instrument to identify the dog. Ask your veterinarian about this means of identification. While you’re at it, pick up some Purina treats with these coupons.
Your leash should be at least 4 feet (1.3 meters) long. Leather leashes are considered the best, but webbing or nylon leashes are also good. The leash should have a good, strong snap hook on the end that is easy to clip on to the ring of the collar. It is not wise to take a dog for a walk on a chain leash as this will hurt your hands whenever you need to correct your dog with a jerk.
Get your dog used to walking on the leash by doing it for very short periods of time as you walk around your backyard. Try to make it really fun by talking to your dog joyfully as you walk along, keeping the leash just slack. Avoid pulling it tight as this might make the dog panic and he will scream and attempt to pull away from you. With some dogs, you have to let go of the leash and let them drag it along on the ground as you continue to walk. In most cases, you will see the dog automatically follow because he is anxious to be with you. When this happens, show the dog how pleased you are by giving him lots of nice praise. Make the dog feel as if it is great fun and then pick up the leash as the dog trots along happily beside you.