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Old 12-25-2014, 06:33 AM
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Leash biting, pulling

Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum. I have a 13 week old Aussie and when we go out he go goes through little periods where he takes the leash in his mouth and will not let it go. Super frustrating and nothing I do seems to get through to him. This and, of course, tugging on my pant leg.

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Spray the leash with a taste deterrent like Grannick's Bitter Apple Spray and reward him for the behaviour you want with tasty treats (doesn't have to be big treats, just about the size of a pea). He'll catch on eventually that he can't be eating your yummy treats if his mouth is full of leash!
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this may help
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR7TvrUQ_1k
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Spray the leash with a taste deterrent like Grannick's Bitter Apple Spray and reward him for the behaviour you want with tasty treats (doesn't have to be big treats, just about the size of a pea). He'll catch on eventually that he can't be eating your yummy treats if his mouth is full of leash!
I would not recommend spraying anything on the leash. Most of the time those sprays do not work anyways and the stuff is pretty bad if you get it into your own mouth, ie: puppy licks it and then licks you, etc.. You won't get the taste of it out of your mouth for a very long time and it is disgusting. Not to mention it's now on the leash and can get on your hands, the puppy's fur, etc.. Frankly, I think that stuff is kind of dangerous.

I would recommend teaching the dog to drop the lead. Trade the leash for high value treats. Here's a video demonstrating what I'm talking about: http://youtu.be/4xVQG3G7JUg
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Thank you everyone for your replies. I did try the spray but found it next to useless. What has worked really well is clicker training him on the leash. When he's in the area, on my left, where he should be and not pulling I click and treat very quickly from my right side.

I did purchase a gentle leader head collar which he hates. I also find it rides up and into his eyes although it is fitted properly and that is very annoying – for both of us. When he really misbehaves and starts biting the leash on a walk I put that on. So using the head collar as a correction method also seems to get through to him. All in all he is now doing quite well!

Thanks again!
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Glad you're making progress and that clicker training is helping!
Just in case you need another idea...

You can teach your puppy to carry a toy (can't grab leash if carrying something). And since he likes to tug you can use playing with that item (maybe a ball or smaller tug) as a reward for walking, carrying the item, really anything you like.

Even if you don't teach him to carry a toy, teaching tug with rules (and then using the game as a reward for good behavior in situation he would normally grab and tug the lead) often helps because the dog ends up with a nice drop it and also to only tug when told to. Also helps teach the dog to switch from excited to focused on you very quickly. That impulse control in an aroused/excited state helps a ton with dogs like yours.
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You could also try a harness so the leash is out of reach.
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I am new to this forum too and am finding lots of helpful information! Thank you!

I am having a similar problem with my new puppy, Buddy. I am going to try the clicker training and loose leash methods. Also, love Dawnben's suggestion. I found these cool no-pull harnesses and am going to try this too: Freedom No Pull Harness.
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Originally Posted by jworley;2303162 I found these cool no-pull harnesses and am going to try this too: [url=http://www.2houndsdesign.com/Freedom-No-Pull-Harness/
Freedom No Pull Harness[/url].
That is the one I use for my hound. Love it.
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