Leash Biting

Stella

Stella

I had a unique experience with Stella, a chocolate lab, with leash biting.  I have been successful every time with just telling the owner to ignore the behaviour and it will disappear.  It never took more than 2 minutes to fix.  Stella is a 13 month old dog that has very sharp teeth and as I am telling my client to just ignore the leash biting, I look down to see she has almost worked her way through the handle of the leash.

Time to switch gears and try something new.  I brought the leash to her and every time she put in her mouth I moved back and put the leash out of reach.  After about 6 times I came out and attached the bolt to her collar and when she took the leash in her mouth I removed the leash and put it out of her reach.  After 6 times I said lets teach a few more things before we come back to this.

I taught Stella “Watch Me” and “Off” and then went right to the recall exercise which I use the leash to teach and when she put the leash in her mouth I said “Off” and she dropped the leash.

Sometimes our methods don’t work as planned and we have to quickly find another way that will work to accomplice the desired behaviour.

Massi Meets Layla

Massi & Layla

Massi & Layla

Massi has good and bad days while I have been working with her, but this was definitely a good day. This is the second time in 2 weeks that we encountered Layla the Chocolate lab on our walk. 2 weeks ago Layla rushed right into Massi’s face but luckily she was wearing her muzzle and we got her settled down pretty quickly.
This time I asked the owner for a more controlled approach and not a face on face meeting and Massi never even flinched, I had the muzzle off within 2 minutes and as you can see from the picture they were siting side-by-side and getting along fine.

Massi was attacked by 2 chocolate labs when she was younger so she wants to attack any dark coloured dog on sight so this progress is excellent.