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How to deal with a dog biting on leash?


How to deal with dog biting on leash?

Congrats on your addition! Having a puppy is not an easy task especially when your young pup with so much energy, walking might be a challenge.

One of challenge is leash tugging. During our daily walks it sometime turns into a tug-of-war game zone for our pup. And it is often reinforced unintentionally. Whether you like it or not, once a behaviour gets reinforced it will be strengthened.

This undesirable behaviour always appear during your walks. Benji will bite and pull the leash during his walks and it has ended up like a game.

How should we address this issue? Instead of punishing your dog, I recommend you work on in-compatible behaviour.

Instead of utilizing correction, we work on building incompatible behaviour. In another word, instead of working on to correct the specific behaviour, we redirect Benji attention to form an undesirable behaviour to a desirable behaviour dictated by us.

For any dog training, I recommend you bring lots of yummy treats to aid you in training a new behaviour.

Imagine when you are walking Benji, he started his normal routine by biting and tugging the leash, you can redirect his attention from leash focus to activity focus. If I have strong touch command, I will redirect his leash focus to touch my hand command. The moment Benji drops the leash and go for the touch, I will C/T, to condition Benji that the touch command bear more value. After a few repetitions and reinforcements, Benji will know waiting for my touch command on walks is more valuable.

There's really no need to use punishment. Some trainers or rookies will try to convince you that corrections are necessary for training in order to get the desired behaviour. Some will say, positively train is slow in achieving results ... To each its own, however, I want you to think carefully for your pup.

Just to give an idea, Positive Reinforcement has been established since the 1930s .... this is Science. (I have written about this in another article on this topic, pls refer to this link!)

Looking at the animal trainers in the US, Russians, they have trained the Whales, Dolphins and Seals to detect explosive and tag unwanted swimmers in the Sea bed and so on (it was recorded Russian activities in Crimea now include taking over a Ukrainian military unit made up of combat bottlenose dolphins, according to news reports) .... training of pigeons to send important messages over long distances..... all these are done with positive reinforcements without force!

Do you personally prefer to be treated positively with rewards or you prefer to be corrected all the time?

Think no more, positive reinforcement is the way to go.

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