Winning the Battle of Leash-Tug-of-War
"Make sure the dog has had some exercise prior to a walk ....walks tend to take a lot of impulse control for dogs and are not as much about exercise as we think. "
“Another thing that works is to connect a very lightweight choke chain between the collar and the leash. When the dog puts the chain in their mouth, it doesn’t feel good and they usually drop it on their own.”
"Practice Leave It and Givein the front yard with the dog's leash on when you are not going anywhere. This training exercise is about the leash issue, not about walking. When you do go for a walk, give her something to carry and if she drops it and grabs and starts going for the leash, say, LEAVE IT. "
"The consequence of the dog trying to get you to play tug with the leash is much too rewarding. She grabs it and you try to pull it out of her mouth. If you stop tugging, she'll have no reason to repeat this behavior. She's probably really smart and really bored by leash walking. Put a long line (at least 10 feet)on your dog and their leash. Start to walk. When the dog grabs the leash in her mouth, drop it immediately and keep walking. Remember, you are also holding a long line. The dog isn't going anywhere. Repeat this exercise at least a couple of times a day for a few days. If she's a young dog, she will probably grow out of this behavior. "
"I find that waiting, marking and rewarding for releasing the lead and not being in a hurry works every time."
"I have had dogs do this in response to a tight leash. They grabbed the leash to release the pressure on the collar."
"My own dog did this like crazy when she was a puppy so I gave her her own leash to carry. Worked like a charm- and she grew out of it when she was about 9 months old. "
"Is she anxious? Does she not want to be on the end of the lead? Is she trying to dictate the direction of the walk? Is she over-aroused? If in class, is it all too much for her?"