Believe it or not, leash chewing is very common in puppies or dogs being introduced to a leash for the first time. The Labrador Retriever breed is even more prone to chewing giving their drive to mouth everything around them. Here’s why your dog chews on its dog lead and how you can stop your canine companion from biting on its lead during your next walk.
Why your dog bites and chews on its leash.
The first step to fixing any problem with your dog is to understand why the behavior is happening. The top 6 reasons your beloved pooch is a leash-eating maniac include:
- Attention Grabbing
- Testing Boundaries
- Hierarchy and Dominance
If your dog is still in the early stages of development, it is most likely playing, bored or teething. Puppies demand a lot of attention and since they want your attention greatly at this stage, this is where the training begins.
Older dogs are usually testing their boundaries or trying to figure out where they stand in the family hierarchy. This is not a lost cause but a perfect opportunity to bring the pack to order.
Stopping your dog from chewing on its lead.
Consistent and persistent training can easily show your dog who is boss and that the leash should be respected as a tool in your relationship.
1. Use a dog leash that isn’t appetizing. Chain link leashes may be replaced for cloth leashes when necessary. These leashes will easily deter the pup from chewing on the leash but they can add a great deal of weight to the dog’s neck so research this particular leash before purchasing.
2. Make the leash bitter. For some dog owners, bitter apple sprayed on the leash will give the pup a bad taste in his or her mouth without hurting them. Even dogs don’t like things that taste bad.
3. Train early and when submissive. Dogs should always be in a submissive state when you put their leash on. They should be sitting calmly for some time to understand that good behavior is rewarded with a walk. This will help your dog understand that the leash is to be respected and is not a chew toy.
These tips should help curb your beloved dog from chewing on its leash. However, if the behavior problem persists, there may be other behavioral issues that need to be addressed. In this case, contact your veterinarian to recommend a local behavioral dog training in your area for one-to-one assistance.