How to train a black Russian terrier puppy to walk on a leash.

As a responsible owner of a black Russian terrier, you need to ensure that your puppy or dog gets enough exercise. Walking is a great way to give your puppy the necessary daily exercise. It is also an opportunity to socialize your puppy and introduce him to new places and sounds. In this article, you'll find some tips on where to start leash walking training and learn about the benefits of walking together.

Astra Fidelis MIRANDA - author Krzysztof Kwiatkowski

Some puppies walk on a leash from the first moment as if they have always done it, and some will wince, retreat or jump up trying to get free. Be careful when there is a street nearby and cars are passing. The puppy may try to free itself by jumping backwards, and sometimes at such a point the collar when not properly adjusted may slip off its head. The puppy may run in a random direction and fall under the car.

Benefits to the puppy from walks.

Walking a puppy has many benefits, both for the puppy and for the owner. One of the benefits for the puppy is that it provides much-needed exercise. Black Russian Terrier puppies can be energetic and need plenty of exercise to be healthy and happy. Frequent walks will help burn off excess energy and reduce your puppy's tendency to be mischievous when you get home. Walking is also a great way to bond with your puppy and teach him basic obedience commands, such as "heel" or "sit." The black Russian terrier breed was created to work with humans. Frequent walks together strengthen the bond with the owner. The dog begins to treat the person it walks and exercises with most often as a leader.

In addition to the physical benefits, walking also provides mental stimulation for puppies. Think of it as food for the dog's brain! Smells, sounds and sights are new experiences for your puppy. Walks bring them into contact with a variety of people, animals and the outside world, which helps them become a well-rounded dog who is comfortable and confident in any situation.

Walking with a puppy, especially such an intelligent breed as the black Russian terrier, allows the owner to watch the puppy discover the world around him. Keep in mind, however, that not all black terriers enjoy walks from the beginning. Some may be shy or afraid of new experiences. Others may have excess energy and want to run forward pulling the leash, while others do not want to walk and stay behind. Every black terrier puppy is different and requires a different approach from the owner.

So, walking a puppy is not only good for the physical and mental health of a black Russian terrier puppy, but it's also a great way to build bonding and obedience training.

The importance of socialization for black Russian terrier puppies

One of the most important things you can do for your black Russian terrier puppy is socialization. Socialization is the process of exposing your puppy to new people, animals and new places in a positive way. This is crucial for black terrier puppies for the reason that some puppies are shy and sensitive and may remain so even in the future if not properly socialized. Remember that socialization is not only a task for the breeder, but also for the owner. Sometimes socialization is a long, months-long process.

Walking is one of the best ways to socialize puppies. During walks, the puppy gradually gets used to being with different people and animals and learns not to be afraid of new experiences. Remember to familiarize the puppy with as many different stimuli as possible - people, dogs, vehicles, sounds and places. With consistent socialization, the black Russian terrier puppy will grow into a confident, versatile dog.

As with other dog breeds as well, there are individuals of the black Russian terrier who are more or less susceptible to socialization. Most black terriers socialize quickly and without major problems. Some have no problems at all with new stimuli, are not afraid of anything and accept all new sensations with stoic calm. Some, on the other hand, are afraid of new stimuli at first, walk with fear in new places and run away at the sight of strange dogs. Even within the same litter there are sometimes different puppies, for example, when drying after bathing, some puppies want to play and bite the dryer hose, while others lie down on the table for fear of the sound of the hair dryer. Don't be too concerned if your puppy gets scared during walks, it's normal. He simply needs more socialization than a standard black terrier puppy. You will need to go on walks more often, expose your puppy to new stimuli more times. This will take a little more time than usual, but at the end of this journey you will have a confident, courageous black terrier, although it won't happen as quickly as you expected. Still, it's worth the time and effort to socialize, even a "reluctant" puppy, because in return you'll get an endlessly devoted friend for many years to come.

Now that you know the benefits of walking with your black terrier puppy, you're probably wondering how to get started.

Walking with a black Russian terrier puppy - how to start?


Here are a few things you'll need before you head out for your first walk:


  1. Collar and leash: Make sure the collar fits properly, but is not too tight. A collar is properly fitted when you can put two fingers between the collar and your puppy's neck without much effort. Also choose a leash that is comfortable to hold. By the way - remember to regularly check the collar of your growing puppy or junior. Sometimes some people forget to do this and realize that the collar is too small only when their growing black terrier starts having trouble breathing.
  2. Treats: small treats are ideal for rewarding your black Russian terrier puppy for correctly following a command or exercise, such as walking properly on a leash. You can use, for example, cut beef chews as treats. You can find the treats at your nearest pet store. If you don't have treats, you can use the dry food you feed your puppy instead.
  3. Patience: Training a black terrier puppy to walk on a leash sometimes requires patience and consistency. Be prepared for setbacks and for plenty of praise and rewards when things go well. 


The first step is to get your puppy used to wearing a collar and leash. Put the collar on your puppy and let him wear it around the house or garden for a period of time. Get the puppy used to the leash attached to the collar. The next step is to take the puppy outside for short walks on the leash. Once the puppy gets used to walking on a leash, you can gradually increase the length of the walks. Let him explore his surroundings with the knowledge that he is on a leash and you are controlling his movement.

If your puppy tries to pull forward or lag behind, stop the walk and wait for him to come back to you before continuing. Reward good behavior with treats and very enthusiastic praise. This will reinforce good behavior and make the walk more enjoyable for both of you.

Be prepared for difficulties. Not every puppy will walk on a leash right away. Be patient, keep trying, and eventually you will succeed.

The key to successful walks with your puppy is to walk at his own pace. If your puppy gets nervous or doesn't want to go further, stop, let your puppy sniff an interesting object, tree, bush and explore the world at his own pace. Be careful, however, not to let the puppy eat dangerous objects. A small puppy will take into its mouth anything it finds interesting. This could be a dangerous object or poison. If your puppy is full of energy, extend your walks or find new, interesting places to play to keep him engaged and tired. With a little patience, by trial and error, you will develop the perfect walking routine. And before you know it, your puppy will be running for the door every time you grab the leash.



If you're looking for a way to form a deep bond with your black terrier puppy and at the same time want to give him some exercise, start by taking walks together. Walks are all about the benefits for puppies, from socialization to obedience training. Just remember to start slow, be patient and reward good behavior. With a little effort, walking together will be one of the most anticipated moments of the day for both your puppy and you.