We have been out of Good dog training since late august

but we plan to return in November for a tricks class which Im excited about.
Ruby’s an Australian Shepard with teeth like scissors. Since i got her eight months ago she’s probaly chewed through 4 leashes. We were on the couch together I had her tethered next to me, I wasn’t paying attention and she chewed straight through a double nylon leash with several seconds of uninterupted gnawing :( The leash is about 10 years old and on the metal clasp is imprinted NYLORITE. Im afraid its irreplaceable. I’ve searched the web and my local dog shops to no avail every leash I come upon I’m certain my dog will chew through in no time. I need a leash I can depend on, one my dog can’t possibly chew through… any suggestions would be much appreciated.

4 Responses to “We have been out of Good dog training since late august”

  1. William Says:

    I have an Australian Shepherd also who has done the same exact thing, it only takes a minute for her to destroy a store bought leash. I now have a chain leash and collar for her and I have learned how to braid baling twine left from hay bales and reuse the clasps from the old devoured leashes into a nice long leash which is very difficult for for her to chomp thought with any speed( still can be chewed through with more time though.)

  2. William Says:

    I am not sure what anyone else would suggest but we had to get a chain leash for our flemish giant rabbit. They can be nice and lightweight while still being chew proof. Good luck!

    And let me know if you find anything…

  3. William Says:

    I use various types of leashes, particular the very soft ones that I can purchase at dog shows. (I like to see and handle a leash before buying it, and that’s why I have trouble selecting one from a catalog. I prefer a leash with a very tiny bolt snap, such as one would use for a toy dog, because I don’t want a larger bolt snap to bump my collies in the chin.)

    I would not use a chain leash under any circumstances. Imagine how it might feel if you suddenly had to grab it! Yikes!

    I only attach the leash to the dog’s collar when we’re going to do something together, such as go for a walk, a hike in the woods, or have a training lesson outdoors. The leash is the dog’s friend, so I want to use a 1/4 inch leather lead most often. I just love them. I think I purchased mine from J & J Pet Supplies. (It’s difficult to remember because they last so long. I’ve had one such leash for over 12 years, and it’s still my favorite. I keep it in good condition with saddle soap.)

    I’ve never felt the need to *tether* a dog to me, but that’s just me. Other folks find that the suggestions to tether make sense to them. Different strokes for different folks; we all have our training styles with which we’re most comfortable.

    As for asking the dog to stay by you, such as in a settle — I think that’s a grand idea. Get the dog accustomed to a calm settle at least once a day, for a half an hour. If pupster has difficulty with this task, then give pup something acceptable to chew, such as a gummabone or a nylabone (rather than its leash).

    For instance, if you’re going to be occupied, on a telephone call long distance to a relative, then you know (in advance) that you’re going to be a while, unable to supervise pupster as much as you might wish. So have the young dog go into its crate or ex-pen before you make that call, and give it a chew toy, or a stuffed kong to chew.

    I don’t know what there is about it, perhaps it’s similar to people who chew gum or puff on a cigar or sip coffee — but I’ve noticed that dogs find it *easier* to learn how to settle if they have something to chew. Chewing seems to fill a similar need for oral satisfaction for dogs, and they gain some pleasure from it.

    Mine enjoy carrying around the Chewman ™ soft toys. They’re made of fake lamb’s-wool and stuffed, with a squeaker inside.

    Keep your leashes stored up high, away from chewing pups and dogs. I have two tall file cabinets next to my entryway. And on the top of those cabinets I have a kittie litter pan. It’s a very handy place for storing treat-bait bag, dog leashes, a tennis ball or two (very gummy ones!), some extra clickers, and my gloves and mittens right near the doorway.

    Good luck with solving the leash problems.

  4. William Says:

    I know my answer is going to seem obvious, but you haven’t mentioned it (very big evil grin). There are three parts to it: Watch the dog, watch the dog, watch the dog.

    When you know you have a problem, watch for it, interrupt it, and redirect the dog to something more positive. Set her up for success!
    By leashing her and ignoring her (taking your eyes off of her for even a minute!), you are setting her up for failure to repeat unwanted behavior, much to your frustration, even though you set her up to do it. Think of life-with-young-dog as a training session, not anything else. Dogs are learning all the time, so what they learn when we aren’t paying attention, is still a lesson learned! Oops!
    Have you read Karen Pryor’s book Don’t Shoot the Dog? In it she looks at problem solving and the various ways you can approach solutions, from ineffective to useful to extreme. Let’s look at your options for tethering Ruby.
    #1 Tether her to you, with a nylon leash, then ignore her, so she can chew through it. (Been there, done that!) Effect: Dog learns nothing.
    #2 Tether her to you but watch her like a hawk (while pretending to watch TV, but instead really watching the dog), so that the second she even *looks* at the leash, you say Ah-ah! then praise her for looking at you, then give her a nylabone or a rawhide strip or a bone for chewing (determined by what SHE prefers). Effect: Dog learns appropriate chewing.
    #3 Tether her to you, and (watch the dog) reward her for whenever she is not chewing the leash, before chewing starts. Supply a special chew toy when she is tethered so she associates this special treat with tethering. Make sure tethering has a positive association, not negative.
    #4 How old is she and exactly why is she tethered to you? Perhaps it is time to teach her to stay near you without tethering, using lots of positive reinforcement for being near you. Work on eye contact, down stay, relaxing. Does she have a special bed she can be trained to use as her station?
    #5 Chain her to you with a heavy metal chain that she can’t possibly chew through. (Dog learns nothing except that Mom is into heavy metal).

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