Pricey Bark: I’m a canine walker, and one in every of my purchasers has two grownup canine, a Whippet and an Australian Shepherd, who I take out 3 times every week. The Whippet isn’t any downside, however the Aussie barks and runs round like a loopy factor, which makes leashing him a problem. He is a really large canine, with an enormous bark! As soon as the leash is on, he takes it in his mouth and jumps in every single place. Strolling can be a problem as a result of he’s at all times attempting to seize the leash. Any ideas?

That sounds hectic! It’s no enjoyable strolling a canine who appears to be on a pogo stick and is grabbing on the leash in addition. When one other canine is alongside (regardless of how properly behaved), it could really feel even that a lot crazier.

Nevertheless, there are positively issues you are able to do to make this thrice-weekly outing higher for everybody. Among the finest methods to maintain the leash out of the canine’s mouth is to present him one thing else to place in it—say, a toy he can carry. If his mouth is occupied, he’s much less prone to be concerned about grabbing the leash.

You might have to experiment to seek out one thing he likes higher than he likes to chew the leash. Security is the first consideration, however past that, let the canine’s pursuits information you, whereas ensuring the merchandise is simply too giant for him to choke on it. Good choices embrace a ball, rope tug toy, fleece animal or flying disc. Many canine will fortunately carry a stick, however sticks might be harmful (assume splinters and mouth and throat punctures). If the Aussie is a real stick lover, attempt a toy designed to imitate a stick. For instance, Kong makes Safestix and Squeezz Stick, each of that are loved by many stick-loving canine.

This potential resolution could seem overly easy, however don’t let that cease you from giving it a attempt. Many canine get tremendous hyped-up about going for a stroll, and once they’re in that state, they develop into very mouthy, and the leash is correct there. By offering the Aussie with an outlet for his have to seize one thing, you’re permitting him to present in to his urge with out driving you loopy. And it might simply remedy the issue!

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