Hey Mighty Paw Fam, Barbara here to share a mighty new solution for strong dogs who have a tendency of breaking and/or chewing leashes!
For instance, dogs that are naturally powerful such as:
- American Pit Bull Terriers
- Cane Corsos
...but also teething (large breed) puppies, because we all know they're looking for relief from their hurting gums.
That said, drumroll please for our...Dog Chain Leash:
Now, here's what you'll learn in this article:
- Why do dogs bite leashes?
- How to discourage leash biting with training & our chain leash
- Bonus tip for strong pullers
- Similar gear for chewers & teething puppies
This Mighty Strong Dog Chain Leash Solves Your Leash Biting Problems, Guaranteed!
Why do dogs bite leashes?
First things first, why do dogs actually bite leashes?
Well, one of the main reasons for leash biting in adult dogs is boredom paired with a lack of leash manners.
Boredom causes excess energy that needs to be directed towards something - in this case, biting the leash - and the lack of leash manners takes away any inhibition for that.
That makes leashes low hanging fruit in getting rid of all of that extra energy - especially if they're made of "tempting" materials like leather, nylon or rope.
Another common reason for dogs to bite leashes are hurting gums in teething puppies. Just like in teething babies, this is an extremely painful phase, and leashes make excellent teething rings, right?...well, at least they do in your dog's mind!
How to discourage leash biting with dog training and our Chain Leash
Your solution to the leash biting is twofold:
1. Teach your dog polite leash manners
Ideally from puppyhood on! But don't worry, adult pups can learn them too.
Here's what I mean by polite leash manners:
- Respecting the leash
- Not mistaking it for a (chew) toy
So how do I teach polite leash manners?
I've walked hundreds of dogs, and the easiest and most actionable tip I can give you is to put the leash up and away out of your dog's reach when you're done walking or training them.
For example, put it into a drawer, your hallway closet, out of sight in your mudroom or the garage.
This is not just a simple solution, it's also super effective because it makes it impossible for your dog to destroy the leash outside of the walk.
Of course that won't stop your dog's innate need to chew, and to be perfectly clear - that's impossible!
So what you CAN do to satisfy that chewing need is to offer them dog chews! Ideally long-lasting ones that are fully digestible and made with limited-or single ingredients.
Lucky for you, we carry those types of dog chews - you can check them out in our Mighty Paw Naturals section!
Now, here's what you can do to keep your dog from biting the leash while you're out and about:
(a) Keep the leash from dangling right next to your dog's mouth. If you're walking them on a harness, attach the leash to the back leash attachment point.
(b) If you're walking your dog on a collar, keep the leash as short as possible. That way, your dog will be much less tempted into biting the leash.
However, even when you're keeping it short, don't put tension on it! Tension always makes your dog much more likely to act up on leash.
(c) Distract them with tasty training treats or a favorite (squeaky) ball. You can store both in our Dog Treat Pouch 2.0.
2. Walk your dog on a leash that's made of a material they don't enjoy biting into/chewing on
We designed our chain leash with a material that dogs don't enjoy biting into or chewing on...stainless steel chain links!
Those don't even begin to compare to much softer materials like leather, nylon or even rope.
Ask yourself, how many times have you heard of dogs who chewed up their chain leash over the amount of times you've heard family and friends complain about their chewed up leather leashes?
...I'll venture to say not too many times!
Mighty Paw's Dog Chain Leash: More Features & Benefits
So as you just learned, our Dog Chain Leash is not designed to be appealing to your dog's innate urge to chew!
However, we added several smart features that YOU will LOVE!
As we do with all of our leashes, we designed the Chain Leash with your hand's ultimate comfort in mind.
That's why it features a super soft, neoprene-padded handle. If you haven't experienced it yet, you're missing out!
The last thing anyone needs when they're out walking their pup is for them to get tangled, right?
That's why our Chain Leash features a tangle-free, 360° swivel attachment.
We believe in 24/7 dog safety, which is why we added reflective stitching around the handle of our Chain Leash.
That will keep you visible from dusk til dawn!
Tip: Grab one of our LED Safety Necklaces for your pup to help increase their visibility in the dark as well.
Bonus Tip for Strong Pullers
If your pup is still learning to walk nicely on leash, you can speed up that process with a training collar such as our Martingale Dog Collar.
Here’s how it works: Put the Martingale collar up high around your dog’s neck and make sure that the smaller loop sits behind your dog’s ears.
Next, clip their leash to the D-ring on the smaller loop. That higher position of the collar on your dog’s neck gives you a lot more control over their head as you’d have with a lower position around your dog’s neck.
When your dog pulls, you want to let them know that this behavior is not OK. To do that, give a quick tug on the leash.
This tightens the smaller loop the leash is attached to and gives your dog the cue to stop pulling.
Remember to release the tension on the leash after you give the tug!
You may also have an easier time controlling your pup with our 4' chain leash rather than our longer 6' version:
Recap Chain Dog Leash
- Silver (chain)
- Black/orange or grey/green (handle)
- Strong material
- Built to last
- Resistant to corrosion and rust
- Control for powerful dogs
- Withstands 440lbs (200kg) of pulling force
- Comfortable handle
- Tangle-free design
- Nighttime visibility
- Stainless steel chain
- Premium polyester webbing
- Neoprene padded handle
- Zinc alloy carabiner clip
- 360° swivel attachment
- Reflective threading
- Leash length: 4’ or 6’
- Handle width: 1”
- Chain diameter: 3mm
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