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    DefaultLeash chewing, need help!

    Ok so I know that Penny isn't a lab (don't tell her that though! haha), and that this probably belongs in the training section, but I figured there is more traffic here.

    Anywho, my issue is that Penny will NOT stop eating her leash. I've been taking her out into the yard to get her used to walking on a leash, and I've let her drag it around behind her in the house all with the same results, she gnaws and gnaws. She even gnaws when we go out to go potty.

    I give her a firm "NO!" and "DROP IT" (even though she probably doesn't know that last one yet), and she goes right back to it. I've even soaked it in bitter yuck and then lemon juice

    Any suggestions?
    *Stacey*
    ~Abby, Molly, and Penny (the honorary lab)

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    Bitter Apple! Way back when we lived at camp, the director's Lab used to come over to play with Mick all day. She had a habit of grabbing him by the neck. I was getting tired of replacing collars, and really didn't like the idea of Mick being out in the pen without one (in case they got out). So I started spraying first his neck, and after a couple of weeks an old collar, with Bitter Apple. Worked like a charm!

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    That bitter stuff didn't work for Abbey either. I ended up having to get a metal chain leash for Abbey for a while until she stopped it.

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    This is the only time I recommend a chain leash. Often, a few days with the chain leash will break them off the habit.

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    My Misty used to do this when I first got her (they believed she was about 8 months) and nothing I tried (even Bitter Apple) would stop her. She would only chew on it for the first 5 minutes or so of the walk and would then stop but at about a year and a half she just stopped doing it.

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    Haha Sue, bitter spray and such don't even phase this girl (they didn't molly either).

    I guess I could try the chain leash thing...I just don't want her to keep chewing and a)think it's acceptable...b)chew through the leash
    *Stacey*
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    Bitter Apple didn't stop Kopitar from eating my steel braided hose in the back yard either.. They should advertise "not Lab approved" haha..

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    You might try hot sauce--like Texas Pete. It slowed Titan down when he was a pup. He still barks whenever he sees a bottle!

    Titan--Chocolate 4/15/01
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    I say a metal lead as well for a few days or a water squirt bottle, and squirt her right in the face when she chomps. Reward her when she drops or lets go.
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    Teach the "LEAVE IT" command, and use a chain leash until she learns it.
    Jackie, Champ, and Buddy

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