|Barked: Thu Dec 13, '12 7:50pm PST |
|I never had to deal with the suckling, but I know many have. Hopefully they'll comment.
But for the leash tugging, oh yes, I have dealt with that! Totally a fun game for the pup. You can choose a side now. Either use tugging on the leash as a reward or curb the behavior entirely.
They make specialty leashes that are made like a nice rope chew toy so people can use playing tug as a reward for dogs that love it. So, like if you ask your pup to sit while on a walk, you can reward them with tugging on the leash. Tug is a great way to teach a dog to release an object on command too.
To curb it, you have to become boring. The pup wants your attention and wants to play, so picking the pup up is letting the pup know that tugging on the leash is a way to get attention. So if the tugging/whining starts up, I'd just stop, stand still and ignore the pup. Once the pup stops or even offers a better, alternative behavior (if known well, something like sitting), then we'll continue on the walk.
And yes, you can use treats if you think that'll really help. But if the pup enjoys the walks, then the walk is already a reward in and of itself.
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