Hey Mighty Paw Fam, Barbara here to talk to you about our Mighty Paw Tie-Out Cable, tips to help discourage your pups from chewing their leash and some recall training tips and hacks.
Our Tie-Out Cable is a great long leash for teething puppies and chewers because it's made of a braided steel cable that doesn't tangle easily. That particular material is also a lot less fun to chew on than nylon or rope.
Watch out, all you leash chewers out there!
All About The Mighty Paw Tie-Out Cable
Our Tie-Out Cable is a whopping 30’ long but packs up super small with our 2 velcro ties! That gives your dog freedom and an off-leash feel while you remain in control, particularly if you:
- don't have a fenced-in back yard
- want to limit/control your pup's space in your fenced-in yard, for example while you're gardening
- camp, cookout and fish frequently with your pup in tow
- take your dog along to the beach or lake
- want to practice your dog's recall
Features & Benefits of the Mighty Paw Tie-Out Cable
- Two sizes available: ⅛” for dogs up to 60lbs & ¼” for dogs up to 125lbs
- Chew Proof Cable
- Weather-resistant & Rust-proof
- Durable & Strong Braided Steel Cable
- Highly Visible Reflective Vinyl Coating
- 30’ Length Allows Your Dog More Freedom
- All-Metal Hardware: 2 clips
How To Use The Mighty Paw Tie-Out Cable
First off: This cable clips onto itself, so you don't need to use a stake with it, but of course you CAN!
Simply clip one end of the leash to your dog's collar or harness, then wrap the other end around the structure you want to attach it to (tree or pole) and clip it onto itself.
That's it - easy peasy!
I already briefly mentioned a few areas and scenarios in which you could use the cable leash, and I'd like to talk a bit more about one specific use - training the recall with it.
Training Your Dog's Recall With Our Tie-Out Cable Leash
Recalling your dog means that your dog comes reliably when you call him. It's best to first practice this skill in a low-distraction environment (for example in your backyard) while you have some sort of control over your dog (he's leashed). That way you can redirect him or her when they don't listen!
To do this when your pup is hooked up to the cable leash, call his or her name in an upbeat, motivating way. If they listen right away - great! Reward with warm verbal praise and/or a high value treat and some pats. Good boy!
If they DON'T listen right away, try to resist the temptation of repeating your command. That's because you don't want to ask your dog to come your way repeatedly. You want him to come the first time you call him, right? So now, go to him and gently redirect him to you. It'll be easy to reach him since he's hooked to the cable leash and can't go any further than 30 ft. Once he's where you want him to be (where you originally called him from), praise and reward with a treat and some pats. Good boy!
Train this consistently and you'll be rewarded with a pup who comes when called!
Hacks for stubborn pups
...and just FYI, don't be discouraged if it takes a while. My pup Wally is a squirrel hunting fanatic, and it's TOUGH to be more interesting than a squirrel when he spots one! My secret weapon are high value green tripe treats and the bag they're in - he responds fairly reliably to the sound of the shaking bag.
Here's another secret that works really well for him - he loves going for car rides and knows that his harness means exactly that. So when he's being a little stinker and acts like he can't hear me, I pull out his harness and shake it while asking him "Wally, do you want to go somewhere?" That always works. Obviously I do need to take him at least for a little car ride around the block, or he'll remember that I tricked him.
You essentially need to find something that motivates your dog enough to come your way. That in combination with consistent training will do the trick - pun intended :)
How The Mighty Paw Tie-Out Cable Leash Differs From Our Other Long Leashes
Let me briefly touch on how this particular leash differs from our other long leashes.
First off, the cable leash is made of a different material: a steel braided cable instead of nylon or rope. That makes it a lot less attractive for chewers and teething puppies.
Unlike our long nylon leash, the tie-out cable leash doesn't have a handle, and you also can't tie one into the leash (you can do that with the check cord).
This particular leash is really made for the outdoors and is designed to be attached around a tree, a pole, a park bench, or any similar structure.
Tips To Teach Your Pup Not To Chew Their Leash
Of course chewing can be caused by boredom, but it's also a natural dog behavior that shouldn't be discouraged. Besides, teething puppies truly need something to chew on to soothe their hurting gums!
However, since we don't want our pups to satisfy their chewing needs on our shoes or furniture, it's important to give them an appropriate outlet.
For example, edible chews like bully sticks, yak cheese dog chews, pig ears or chewable dog toys like KONGs.
It's also important to exercise your dog on a daily basis, both physically and mentally. Both of these activities prevent boredom and help keep your dog more balanced.
For moments when you DO catch your dog in the act of chewing on his leash or anything else he's not to supposed to chew on, correct him with a firm NO to communicate that you disagree with his behavior, and tell him to "leave it".
Tip: It's easiest to teach the "leave it" command with high value treats. When your pup's holding something in his mouth you want him to release, offer him a high value treat, ideally something really smelly like green tripe or fish - the smellier, the more interested your dog is going to be in it.
The moment your dog opens his mouth and drops whatever he had in there, say YES to mark the behavior (or use a clicker) followed by "leave it" and letting him have the treat.
Are you ready for a Mighty Paw Tie-Out Cable Leash? Pick one up here and compliment it with our Dog Tie Out Stake here.
Barbara Rivers writes regularly for Mighty Paw. She is a blogger, raw feeder, former dog walker and maintains the blog K9s Over Coffee.
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