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Old 08-26-2013, 01:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question How Many Leashes Does It Take??

Where is Mr. Owl when you need him? I have had my 10 month old pup for 7 months, and I have been through 4 or 5 leashes with him? He has chewed through 3, and broke one trying to get to me when his trainer at the time took him where he couldn't see me. Has anyone else's dog had this many leashes? This last leash was a KONG, but not the rope version, which is the one I am considering next as a last resort. I am wanting to socialize him better, but I can't take him out without a leash.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My oldest dog(non GSD) went through several when I first got her. I think got a chain one and that worked well. Eventually I was able to go back to nylon.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I went with a biothane one. This will chew through if you leave it with the dog, but stands regular tugging on walks.
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My four and a half month old is on his 3rd leash since we brought him home. He chewed through his first two. So I understand the frustration haha.

I actually had to laugh because when he did it the last time, we had a fire going in the firepit out in the backyard. I usually have him on a 30 foot cable when were out in the back (I'm in a military community with a lack if decent fencing), but the cable didn't reach to where the fire pit and the people were which made him whine. So I leashed him and kept him close by, and continued socializing. Next thing you know I look over and he's halfway across the yard.

We're still using a nylon leash, since the pet store in town didn't sell chain ones, but we picked one up that was double the thickness, and I'm much more vigilant when we have him leashed.


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LOL, just went thru this with Finn. Went thru 7 and (2 of them were my favorite training leashes). I am keeping Hallmark k9 in business! At 10 months he is finally growing out of it but when he gets in drive on the way to the training field he will still try and grab it. His bite is strong and he can go thru a leash with just a few bites. I have been redirecting with a ball and or tug and that is working out well. Try giving him something else to chew on and make sure you have a very strong leash to make sure he cannot break the buckle.
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Kaiser and I just about have this problem put away. First, I never give him enough time to figure out that he can chew through it. Last week I had a very stern discussion about his leash biting habit. Sense then things have gotten way better but I have to be very consistent that as soon as he goes for the leash I correct him away from it.

I think for people just coming in to this with new puppies: Don't let them figure out they can chew their way through in the first place. Our first foster dog thought it was quite humorous to chew through leashes and managed to destroy two before I wised up to it.
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I'm new and curious - why not put something on the leash that tastes bad? Bitter Apple for instance? It gets used on furniture and shoes, why not on a leash?
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How are these rascals getting to chew a leash? Mine is always in my hand when he is attached to the other end.
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I just have a ton of leashes around really but Zena went through a couple before I basically got a horse lead and turned that into a leash. When I say she was a tank, she was a tank! She snapped the first leash we had for her. Brand new double layered leash and she snapped the clip like it was a paperclip!

Dax still on his first leash and he tugs hard with it.
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How are these rascals getting to chew a leash? Mine is always in my hand when he is attached to the other end.
I will honestly admit that when Thor chewed through both his first two leashes, it was in moments when we were not paying proper attention. Being out in the yard while we had guests over and were obviously distracted and not paying enough attention.

Lesson learned, I watch him like a hawk now


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