Ask The Dog Guide: Solving Leash Biting

April 7th, 2007 by Dan

Question: My dog has gotten in the habit of turning around during our walks, biting the leash and bucking up and down like he wants to play. Is there anything I can do to get him to stop?

Answer: There are a few ways to handle this frustrating problem! Solving it will involve a safe, enclosed space where you can walk away from your dog without the fear of him running away.

As a precursor to the walk, rub “Bitter Apple” or another diversionary spray on the leash. Depending on the dog, this may be enough to discourage him from the biting behavior.

When the behavior starts, simply stop walking. Do not move another step until the leash is out of his mouth and he is calm. Depending on your pup you can also try dropping the leash and walking away in another direction. Soon your dog will realize that he is not getting to play with you and there is no fun in this game! If he is more fixated on the leash than following you, this technique may not be the best one for you.

Keep your dog’s leash out of his reach when it is not being used. It is only for walking and he shouldn’t have access to it at other times.

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