Elise: How to stop leash biting?
I have a nine month old Shepard/Lab mix who keeps biting his leash, even when I am outside walking him around the yard (we've only had him since the eleventh so he is not supposed to be off his leash or outside our yard for a few months.) We've tried coating his leash with bitter spray but it does nothing to deter him from gnawing on it - and, of course, if you try to pull it from his mouth he assumes you are playing tug-a-war with him.
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Answer by Lizzie
On YouTube, there is a Kikopup video that shows and tells you EXACTLY how to stop this problem. Have a look! It's free.
Answer by Laura loves Luna! Knowledge Over Age
Stop walking immediately when he starts to bite get to eye-level with your dog and say "NO" or "HEY" in a stern voice.
Answer by .olivegreencrayon.
I use a chain leash for that reason. That stopped my dogs from doing it. I purchased mine for $ 20 each, well worth it.
Answer by Borders Rock
The easiest course of action is to get him a metal chain leash. They do NOT want to chew on that.
The harder course, albeit the proper and more expensive one, is to take him to obedience class and have the instructor teach you how to properly handle the situation. You have to be alert at all times and stop him from chewing the leash. If he tries, the walk is OVER!!!! and so on and so on and so on...until he gets it.
Answer by anacrostic
Yeah, you don't want to play tug with the leash. For this part of his training, give him a "drop it" command and offer a trade with either a treat or preferably a real tug toy. In spite of what you may hear tug toys are great fun. Ever watch protection dogs in training? They and other trained dogs are offered as rewards games.
Answer by --Khayos--
I've had dogs tug a chain leash before. blood every where. bad idea.
I agree, look up kikopup
Answer by Lacey UD, RE
I just spray the leashes with bitter apple, bitter orange, yuk or some other chew inhibitor. Use a lot. You can also hold the bottle in your hand while walking the dog. If he goes to grab for the leash, command Out as you fill his mouth with the spray. I've recommended doing this in my classes for years and it works for most people. Do not try tugging the leash out of the dog's mouth. this just turns into a tag a war game which is very self rewarding to the dog. I have found that many dogs will also tug on a chain leash if they are confirmed tuggers.
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