As soon as you reach for your shoes, does your dog leap up from his state of hibernation and tear around the kitchen? The highlight of his day has come and he’s making no attempt to hide his enthusiasm. Once you finally manage to get the leash on though, you struggle to get out of the door because your dog has the rather peculiar habit of trying to bite and chew at his leash.
To start with, it was rather amusing, but now it massively slows down the walking process, not to mention it leaves leashes looking worn and tattered after just a couple of weeks. You’re happy he enjoys his walk, but you want to get a selfie with him looking up at the camera, not being deeply invested in tearing his leash apart. Getting a handle on this behavior can restore your walks to normality, increase the longevity of leashes, plus help you get that elusive dog walking selfie.
Just a couple of straightforward words, you might think, but it’s commanding obedience during your dong's heightened state of excitement that is the challenging part. Techniques mainly involve using obedience commands to prevent the behavior, but there also steps you can take to distract and discourage him from chewing on his leash as well.
Thankfully, you can train him not to bite his leash in just a couple of weeks. It will be quickest in puppies as they are most receptive. Older dogs may require slightly more time as they may be stuck in their bad habits. But if you want to reduce the number of leashes you have to buy and prevent them looking worn and aged, then getting on top of this behavior is important. If your dog is constantly trying to bite his leash, he’s probably slowing down your walk and making getting out of the house a nightmare, another reason to tackle the chewing.
Before you begin your training campaign there are several things you will need. First, treats or his favorite food broken down into small chunks will be required to incentivize and reward your dog. A toy of some sort that will be used as a distraction will also play a vital role.
You will also need a quiet place to train, free from distractions such as noisy children and other pets. You will also need to set aside 10-15 minutes each day for a week or two, as consistency is key with the type of training.
Once you have all of those things, just bring an optimistic attitude and all the patience you can find and then you're ready to get to work!