The Teaching Lead® will also help you with many problem situations. Though we’ll go into each issue in greater detail later, let me whet your appetite:
- Housebreaking. The leash follows the same logic as the crate; dogs don’t like tomess in a confined area. By keeping your dog connected or stationed, you will be aware of his needs and know when he needs to go out. You’ll quickly learn his “I’ve gotta go bad!” signal.
- Jumping. Some people advise that you knee or step on your dog’s paws when hejumps on you. Aside from being potentially painful, those techniques are usually ineffective because both actions are interpreted as interactive. Again, the attention factor comes into play. Jumping is a big attention-getter—certainly worth repeating over and over if he gets a reaction. With the Teaching Lead®, you can handle your dog’s behavior without touching him. If he jumps up, grasp the leash and snap him down saying “Off!” in a very firm tone. Don’t look at him or touch him until he calms down. When he does, command “Sit” and give him attention.
- Company Acrobats. Does your dog go nuts when the doorbell rings? When company arrives, station your dog where he can observe, but not influence, the situation. When he settles down, connect him to you and encourage your guests to pet him only after he is calm. If he jumps, correct him as outlined above. When you sit down, sit on the leash and give him a chew bone. If your dog is secured around your waist (leading) when company arrives, ask them to please ignore him until he settles down. Offer a toy and correct him by snappl.r4 him back behind your feet until he’s calm (it may take a while in the beginning.)
- Discouraging nipping. Any time your dog is mouthing you or anyone else, remove his head from your hand and say “No.” Do this by pulling his collar back sharply by spritzing his nose with Binaca Mouth Spray® (found at your local pharmacy). You pull your hand away or push your dog, you could inadvertently encouragerougher play.
- Crunching habits. Find a bone or similar chew toy that your dog likes. Buy thesame one for every station, plus a few extras to keep handy when you’re sitting c the leash. Too many different toys will confuse him. Each time you give your dog his bone, say “Where’s your bone?” Any time he show interest in an inappropriate object, pull him back and say “Leave it.” Pick up the offending object and correct it very sternly: “Bad sock! Shame on the sock!” Look at the sock, not your dog. Yes, you’ll look silly, but this works wonders.If your dog already has something in his mouth, tell him to “Bring it.” Praise him when he does and ask “Where’s your bone?” It’s better to have a resident delivery service than a destruction crew.
- Outside control. Connect your dog to your side. Every time he gets distracted. Call out his name and scurry in the opposite direction. Praise him immediately, whether he turned with you or was tugged by the leash. Continue this until he is attentive to you when you call out his name.
All You Need to Know About the Teaching Lead
- The Teaching Lead® doesn’t take the place of the crate. Crates are still good to use when leaving your puppy or untrained dog for up to six hours and for housebreaking purposes at night.
- You can purchase the original patented Teaching Lead® or create your own as described earlier in this article. Whatever your decision, start using the training techniques today!
- When training your dog how to behave in the house, don’t give him full freedom. Use the three applications of the Teaching Lead®—leading, anchoring, and stationing—to structure his behavior.