Is your dog biting and destroying the leash? Or are they tugging on it? Or are they just holding it in their mouth while you walk? Depending on the answer to those questions, you will want to tackle this problem differently.
- Do not let your dog have the leash when you are not holding the other end. The leash is your leash, not the dog’s leash. Put it away if you are not using it.
- Do not walk or tug if the dog has the leash in their mouth. Stop and wait. Remove the leash from their mouth if you want (by opening their mouth, not by tugging), but do not walk while they are holding the leash. Do not shout. Do not play tug.
- Every time your dog drops the leash, or you open their mouth and take it out, reward them. Tell them they are a good dog, give them a treat, be enthusiastic!
You can also give your dog something else to carry while you walk. I’ve seen several owners with retrievers do this. They give their dog a toy and the dog carries the toy for the entire walk. I don’t think it’s the ideal behavior but it’s really cute!
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