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Well I've had Lucy for a week today and everything is going pretty good. When I first got her she'd walk but pull on the leash. Now she's decided to walk but she constantly biting and chewing at the leash. Is there anything I can do to stop her from doing this? Any ideas would be nice.
 

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It might be she just isn't used to a leash yet. Hopefully once she gets used to the leash she won't bite it. As for the pulling, we are struggling with that too. What we have done is when they pull, you stop and go the opposite direction. With Tucker, it took a long time, but he is a good walker now. There are various collars that can help too. We have used a choke chain, but I wouldn't recomend using it unless you have been trained how to use it properly. I have good and bad about Gentle Leaders or Halti's. They help keep them from pulling, but it is real hard on their snouts and it doesn't really train them not to pull when you aren't using it. The best bet is to find a good trainer and work with them. When you do work with a trainer, it is also important to practice daily.

Good Luck.
 

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There is this halter, that keep from pulling, but works differently then most...forget what it's called and it's at Petsmart. But, it hooks around their necks like a collar, then 2 wool like straps go behind their front legs, come around to the front, and hook to the collar. It prevents from pulling and doesn't effect their sensative snouts! Great for hiking trips to help pull your pup along on steeper paths, using all of their weight instead of choking them.
 

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Biting Leash

I've used that harness that was spoken about for both Casie and Cobi...it was a god send for learning to walk nicely. Doesn't chaff them around the legs either, because of the padding, and the leash is behind their head, so they can't chew on it.

With Casie, we found that he just wanted to be "in control" of where and when we walked....I would stop walking and stand still saying "NO" when he pulled on his leash. It took awhile, but he learned that if he pulls we stop....and don't go until he's ready to walk with my control. You know that beagles are scent hounds and once they are out the scent takes over the brain...and they have to be controlled somehow, or walks aren't any fun.

Good luck, she sounds like a sweetie.
 

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Biscuit nearly drove me crazy tonight because she will not stop biting her leash. She's almost 4 months old and I've had her for just over a month now. She is currently about to enter the midway mark of her puppy training and the trainer suggested to use Bitter Apple. I couldn't find it in neither Petco or Petsmart so I got something called Bitter Yuck. I have drenched her leash and her halter and it has not fazed her one bit. I've tried sprinkling cayenne pepper on the leash as well - nothing changed, still bites and tugs at it. She must have tastebuds of steel.

The trainer also mentioned to use the "Leave it" method. I've done that but as we all know how clever beagles can be, she now bites on it, knowing that I'm going to tell her to "leave it" and give her a treat to drop the leash from her mouth. So now whenever she wants a treat, she bites and tugs on the leash. This is the second leash that I'm on and I really dont want to have to keep buying new leashes b/c of this bad habit!

I know she is teething (since she's chewing everything else in sight) but is there ANYTHING I could do to stop her from chewing the leash? :confused: I have not seen anything else helpful on this thread for this. :(
 

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try the spray bottle full of water.say NO(or LEAVE IT) and spray her when she bites the leash. then praise when shes good.
or the can full of pennies. say NO and shake the can.
my jrt likes to walk holding the leash in her mouth but she doesnt chew it.
maybe a small piece of knotted rope for her to carry or chew as a distraction.
one of those leashes made of chain.
four months is just a baby, you'll work it out together because you love each other.
 

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I did find that while Lucy has the leash in her mouth, she is not pulling and sniffing on the ground. She just looks goofy jumping,biting and walking down the road...
 

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Bodie used to do that, but only after our walk as we approached the house. I don't recall what we did to correct it. He might of stopped on his own or we held the leash taunter to avoid giving him slack. You could also try a Halti and I can guarantee he won't do it then.
 

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Hi folks,

So there has been progress and Biscuit is not biting and tugging the leash during walks as much. It pretty much came down to me rewarding her more when she's walking properly.

When I was using the "Leave it" technique, she was only getting treats after biting the leash and letting go. But now she gets treats without that behavior.

My coworker (who owns a beagle as well) recommended the Halti as well. Biscuit would NOT have that. I couldn't even get it on her! So I didn't even get to test it out. I had to return it. But it's fine because it's working out without the Halti anyway.

Hope this helps someone else out there! I know I'm relieved now that I've found a way to resolve this without having to get a 3rd leash before she's even 4 months old.
 

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That is wonderful that you are seeing progress! Patience and persistence pays off :)
 

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I've discovered that a soda can with a bunch of pennies inside and then taped shut will REALLY get a Beagle's attention! Only Chloe still needs a lot of correction, but when you shake that can hard and say "NO" then she always stops what she's doing. (Then you say "good girl.") Good luck!!
 
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