Eddie, my almost 17-week old black lab, is working his way through the usual puppy issues. One that I'm stumped with is the biting on the leash. Whenever we pick up the leash to walk anywhere, he immediately puts it in his mouth and starts tugging (and often growling). If I try at all to take it away, he just gets ramped up about it.
Things I've tried:
1. Dousing the lead in Tabasco, Sriracha, Irish Spring soap, and old-school Listerine. He seems to enjoy all of those flavors, especially the Sriracha.
2. Pulling up on the lead and saying no
3. Spray bottle (most success with this, but it's not convenient to carry a spray bottle everywhere. He knows when I don't have it, and reacts accordingly).
We've been through one round of puppy class, and we're already signed up for the next class. I'm looking for any other ideas while we're in between classes.
Missing Trooper 9/28/04-10/10/13
Try a metal chain leash. Most dogs won't bite a metal chain.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
good suggestions above
IF he is not a puller, one thing some fellow fosters used for their mouthy 6 month old (who loved to grab the leash on walks) is use harnesses that tie in the back. But these boys, by some miracle, were not pullers. These harneses can encourage pulling so only good for good walkers
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
I'm having the same problem with my 5 month old puppy. He bites the leash as soon as I try to put it on. We been buying a new leash every month and we refuse to buy a metal leash cause he is a puller and a metal leash would make him look scary; we live in nyc and every other person is afraid of dogs. We taught him the "drop it" command but it doesn't work when it comes to the leash. What do you guys think of rope leash? Has anyone tried rope leash? I heard its durable and will sustain biting for bite a bit
Maxx & Emma Jean
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