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    James is a little terror when it comes to biting, but I'm having particular issues with leash biting. He gets put on his leash in the front yard to toilet (it's unfenced and I also want him to learn to contain his toileting in one general area) and also just for general "sniffing expeditions" around the front yard.

    Problem is he's always going after the leash. And growling - he doesn't normally growl when he bites unless he's killing his rubber chicken or stuffed duck.

    I feel like I'm giving him too much attention when I sit there attempting to pry it out of his jaws. I can't really ignore him as I'd do when he bites inappropriately indoors as I need to keep an eye on him to see if he does his business. He's not very food or toy motivated - it'd be about a 50/50 shot (if you're lucky) to make him give it up for food if he has his little heart set on chewing the leash.

    Any ideas?

    And I did promise piccies when I first joined and haven't gotten around to it yet, so here's the little chap:
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    My Ralph has always had a go at his leash when first connected to harness or collar, has a couple of bites and then it is over. When he was really young he used to do the death rolls when you put on his collar and leash or harness and leash. First time lasted for 1/2 hour! After that it would be one or two rolls and back to the business of walking!

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    Put some tabasco sauce on the leash. Most dogs won't bother it again after that. Heck, I wouldn't either. Lol.

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    Soak in vinegar.
    Get a chain lead.
    Ignore completely - stand still.

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    Oh, very nice! Had not thought about that at all. He completely freaks out when he sniffs vinegar so I've no doubt that will work. Thankyou

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    my black lab likes to pick up the lead once its clipped on and hold onto it while we are walking. she never pulls its cute it looks like shes taking you for a walk =D

    (sorry i know thats not helpful, but the others said what i would have suggested =D)

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    what I did.

    1. I got a horse lead - it takes Frosty about 30 second tops to cut through a webbing lead. A rope lead takes her 20 minutes. And if I neglect her on the lead that long I deserve her chomping through and coming to get me.

    2. I taught her "leave it", ie to let go the lead. I make her let go by pushing her own lip over and onto her teeth so she's chomping on her own lip and that gets the lead spat out very quickly. As soon as it's spat out she gets a treat and lots of praise. She doesn't get to go anywhere while she's chomping on the lead. The more strict I am about this, the better we do.

    3. I don't play tug of war with her on the lead when we're "working". I do play tug with the lead when we're playing or just going for a walk but not when she's clipped on. She's worked out the difference and if she forgets "leave it" helps her remember.

    we're still working on fast pace leading and running heel - if she's not on the lead she tends to put her open mouth on my thigh to try to herd me or something. She doesn't bite (any more) but it's a bit rude. More "leave it". And more practice in shorter spurts if she's not running without using her mouth on me. She is a heeler so I expect it's hard to resist the instinct to "heel me".

    So we do very short spurts of running heel so she's got more chance of getting it right so I can praise her.

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