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    Default Re: Struggling with leash biting/tugging

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    UPDATE

    To answer some of the questions above...

    Stanley is 1 yr, 9 mos old. He was going through doors first, but I now have him sit and stay at every door until after I go through and release him.

    He's doing a bit better. Only had one case of him grabbing the leash over the weekend.

    Some things we've instituted....

    Longer walks.. Early morning 30+ min, late evening 30+ min.

    Increased his playtime, and added mental stimulation. We purchased a mat/pillow/bed type of thing and we make him "go to his mat" to get anything... Treats, petting, before feedings.. Essentially he's working harder to get anything,

    All of this is wearing him out more, and he's less prone to go crazy outside.

    Also, treating/praising outside after good behavior/ ignoring bad behavior seems to be doing better.

    All in all, we're making progress.

    Thanks to all for the advice above. I appreciate it.

    This is wonderful news. He is still young, and in prime age to learn. You are doing a GREAT job with him, so you will definitely see the work in the long run. Kuddos & hugs to Lord Stanley :hugs:

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    Default Re: Struggling with leash biting/tugging

    Quote Originally Posted by LordStanley View Post
    UPDATE

    To answer some of the questions above...

    Stanley is 1 yr, 9 mos old. He was going through doors first, but I now have him sit and stay at every door until after I go through and release him.

    He's doing a bit better. Only had one case of him grabbing the leash over the weekend.

    Some things we've instituted....

    Longer walks.. Early morning 30+ min, late evening 30+ min.

    Increased his playtime, and added mental stimulation. We purchased a mat/pillow/bed type of thing and we make him "go to his mat" to get anything... Treats, petting, before feedings.. Essentially he's working harder to get anything,

    All of this is wearing him out more, and he's less prone to go crazy outside.

    Also, treating/praising outside after good behavior/ ignoring bad behavior seems to be doing better.

    All in all, we're making progress.

    Thanks to all for the advice above. I appreciate it.
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    Default Re: Struggling with leash biting/tugging

    Sounds like you are making good progress. The leash thing is usually just another phase of puppyhood. My two Belgian Malanois(now deceased) were actually my dog-walk trainers. I would attach the pups leash to one of their collars, and the pup went where they went! Was the easiest leash training method for ME!! It only took a few
    lessons by my "trainers" and the pups were leash trained!!
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    Default Re: Struggling with leash biting/tugging

    Quote Originally Posted by LordStanley View Post
    Update.. Things have been a bit better yesterday and so far today. We've been trying a combo of calm assertive and ignoring the behavior. Along with making him sit, stay and wait at each door (there are 4) on the way in and out of the building. I've been rewarding the good behavior (sitting, staying, waiting to be released at each door) with a treat on the way out and in. So far that's been distracting him, and he seems more interested in getting back to the door to get a treat. We'll see how it keeps up.

    Question for the group... How long do I continue "treating" the good behavior before I start scaling back the treats?
    Sounds like he's getting it :-) He's young so keep at it and it'll stick

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