I'm hoping someone can give me some advice with what to do about my ten month old Border Collie puppy, Dexter, playing tug-of-war with his lead whenever I try and take him for walks and especially at obedience training (and unfortunately no one there has been able to give me advice that'll stop him).
He's been doing it, and gradually getting worse, since roughly eight months of age and all my attempts have failed thus far. I've tried putting wasabi, hot mustard and other such things on his lead but he actually likes the taste and does it even more. I can't drop his lead when he starts doing it because then he runs off and won't come back for a good five minutes because that turns into a new game and I worry that one day his antics will get him hit my a car.
I have two different leads for Dexter, a 1.8 metre cotton web lead and a 1.2 metre soft leather lead, and it makes no difference which lead he's on. It's getting to a stage were I no longer enjoy taking him for his daily walks and get exceptionally annoyed and frustrated with him when I'm sure he thinks it's just one huge game.
A big thank you to anyone who can give me any advice. I apologise if this isn't in the right spot but I wasn't sure where else to put it and this seemed the most appropriate. Thanks!