How do you leash train a hound?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

To leash train a hound, you’ll need to be patient and consistent. Hounds are known for their strong instincts and tendency to follow their nose, so it’s important to establish good leash manners early on.

1. Prepare your treats: Start by filling your pocket or treat pouch with high-value treats that your hound loves. These treats will be used as rewards for good behavior during the leash training.

2. Choose a side: Decide which side you want your hound to walk on and hold a few treats on that side of your body. This will help to keep your hound focused and motivated to stay on that side.

3. Hold the leash correctly: Hold the leash in the hand opposite to the side you want your hound to walk on. For example, if you want your hound to walk on your left side, hold the leash in your right hand.

4. Start with short walks: Begin by taking a step forward and then stop. Encourage your hound to stay by your side using the treats in your hand. Reward your hound with a treat and praise when they stay by your side. Repeat this step several times, gradually increasing the number of steps you take before stopping.

5. Use positive reinforcement: Whenever your hound walks nicely by your side, reward them with a treat and verbal praise. Positive reinforcement will help to reinforce the desired behavior and make the leash training experience more enjoyable for your hound.

6. Be patient and consistent: Leash training takes time and patience, especially with hounds who have a strong prey drive. Be consistent with your training sessions and practice regularly. Gradually increase the duration and difficulty of your walks as your hound becomes more comfortable and responsive to the leash.

7. Redirect attention: Hounds can easily get distracted by scents and sounds during walks. If your hound starts pulling or veering off, gently redirect their attention back to you using treats or a verbal cue like “heel.” Practice this redirection technique consistently to help your hound stay focused on walking by your side.

Remember, every hound is unique, and some may require more time and patience than others to become comfortable with leash training. Stay positive, reward good behavior, and make the training sessions fun and engaging for your hound. With consistency and practice, you’ll soon have a hound that walks politely on a leash.