Before you even contemplate taking your puppy out on a lead for the first time you need to ensure they are used to the sensation of wearing both a collar and a lead, you can start placing a light puppy collar on your pup at an early stage at home. You will probably encounter resistance at the beginning and your pup will do everything in their power to remove the collar, literally pop it on for less than five minutes to start with and then remove it.
When you take the collar off ensure you give your puppy praise and a small puppy sized treat as this will reinforce that you are pleased with their behaviour, the following day place the collar on again and leave it on for a longer period of time. Follow the same routine on the build up to taking them out for the first time, incorporate the lead along with the collar and simply encourage your puppy to follow you whilst leading them gently along. You can include the garden so your pup can be introduced to the sensation of being lead in an outside environment. A puppy harness is also a great idea as this alleviates any undue strain from your pup’s collar on their neck.