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I have a 3 1/2 month old shepherd. She is ok with the collar, but she wants to chew the leash and she will walk a few then sit down. How do I get her to stop chewing on the leash and not sit down?
Thanks for your email regarding your puppy. It's great that you are already teaching your pup how to walk on leash, however it is important that you do not over exercise her. She is quite young and if she is walked too far at a young age, she may develop bone and joint problems later in life.
It can take quite a bit of encouragement to get some dogs to start walking on leash. The first step will be allowing your pup to get used to wearing the leash in the first place. I recommend that you coat your dog's leash in an aversive substance to prevent her from chewing on the leash. Lemon juice, aloe vera gel, bitter apple spray or cayenne pepper have all been known to discourage chewing or licking of items.
Next, I recommend you attach the leash and let your pup wander around your home whilst wearing it. I do not recommend however that you leave your pup on her own, as the leash may get caught on something.
After your pup has worn the leash around your house a few times, you should attach a long leash to her, then after a few minutes, quietly approach her and pick the end of the leash up in your hand. You should then encourage her to follow you out the door. Resist tugging on the leash - you should keep it as loose as possible. As soon as you start pulling on the leash, she will start pulling back to keep her balance.
If your pup is not keen to follow you out the door, you should hold up a treat in your hand to further encourage her. Hold the treats by your side, and give her one every few minutes. As she gradually gets used to following you on the leash, you should cut back on the number of treats, and just use your voice to spur her along.
I hope this helps Jim. Good luck and please let me know how you progress.
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