Re: Mouthing and tug of war with leash
Ceasar talks about tug-a-war. You or your children, as the alphas in the pack. You must win 100% of the time. The dog must never win a tug-a-war game. You can play it, and the dog will have a great time doing it with you but when the game is over, take the item away the item and store it.
You control all things and the dogs owns NOTHING without you giving it to him/her. You can give and take away at any time.
Being alpha is controlling resources; not dominance.
I have several leashes. One is only 18" long. This keeps the dog close to me and no real opportunity for the dog to grab it.
The word "No" is used too much in training. Knowlegeable people have told me to use the two step command. Name first, short pause, command. If my Bailey grabs the lead, I would say, " Bailey,(pause) leave it." If he didn't I would stop, I would put him in a sit, wait a minute, and then start our walk again. He loves walks, so he learned quickly not to grab the lead.
Hope that helps.
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