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Chewing on leather leashes

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Nat Ursula, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Teddy has destroyed a few leather leashes. Do you think I should get one made out of that mountain climbing rope? Or, should I try spraying bitter Apple on them? Or, should I get a chain leash?
  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I'd work on training him not to chew on the lead. Hold it above and behind him so he can't get to it. When he tries, tell him to "leave it" then reward him. If you have to stop for whatever reason (I find this is the time they're more likely to grab the leash), put him in a sit/stay.

    Alternatively, you could also do the above with a prong collar included for added incentive to not chew the lead.
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  3. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs GR CH ACE Staff Member Administrator Premium Member

    I agree with Uno.. Stop the habit then use what you think is best or want to use. I been lucky with that so far of course I was able to start all my dogs as pups which makes a difference I'm sure.
  4. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Thanks, he is not doing it on walks but at home if we keep it on him in the house. He will be right next to us and he is very quiet and sneaky. It only takes a few minutes and he can do quit a bit of damage. We can't let him get away from us because he walks around looking for stuff to chew on. I think I need to buy bones again. I stopped a few months ago because he started growling at Tonka. She wanted to chew her bones with him. I had one outside and one inside. She would go to the door and chew right in front of him. Anyways, the trainer told us to put them away for a while and I never bought one again. I want to try raw knuckle bones. He will have to be in his crate which is in my room so I can't watch him while he is chewing the bone.
  5. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Don't let the dogs chew on things when they're together. That's a pretty easy fix for a common issue with many dogs, especially terriers.

    Why is he wearing the leash in the house? If it's for training purposes, how's he able to be "sneaky" and chew it? What are you trying to accomplish by leashing him?

    The fact of the matter is that simply changing the leash material isn't going to solve your issue. Sure, he won't chew through the leash anymore but he also won't learn what's appropriate and what's not for chewing.
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  6. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    He is wearing the leash because we have to keep him close by to keep him out of trouble and do corrections, etc. sometimes he gets the idea to leap on Tonka while she is sleeping, etc. I grab him quickly when he is leashed.
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  7. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    In that case you could tether him to you for closer supervision both with the chewing and bothering Tonka.

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