Use this Effective Management Tool when Visitors Come to Your Door
The tether is one of the most useful, overlooked, and underused dog training tools. A dog tether is an indispensable training tool for many occasions when management is needed until the dog’s training reaches a level in which the owner can control the dog through voice commands alone.
What is a Tether?
A tether can be made by using a leash, a rope, or a plastic coated wire. You tether the dog by attaching one end to the dog’s collar and the other end to a heavy piece of furniture, a door knob, or any stationary object.
Using the Tether When Guests Visit your Home
One of the most practical uses for the tether occurs when a dog owner has a visitor knock on the door or ring the doorbell. This is a very exciting moment for dogs and it can be difficult to control the dog and communicate with the visitor at the same time. The use of the tether provides a perfect management solution until the dog is able to be controlled off leash when guests visit the owner’s home.
Here are the steps to using the tether for visitors:
- Visitor knocks on the door- Dog races to the door barking
- Owner takes the dog to the tether station that is already set up and attaches the tether to the dog’s collar.( I also recommend you give the dog a special chew toy that you have prepared)
- Owner then answers the door and is able to talk to the guest without having to handle the dog in such an excited state.
- Once the dog calms down, the dog is taken off the tether
Here are a few additional tips on tethering:
- I recommend a tether at 4- 6 ft. in length
- Attach the tether low to the ground which will keep the dog from getting tangled in the tether
- Give the dog an object to chew on especially when you first introduce the tether
- Never tether the dog where you are unable to supervise them
- Only use soft neck collars or harnesses to attach to the tether
- If you are tethering a puppy and using a leash, you will want to spray the leash with a scent deterrent such as Grannick’s bitter apple spray to keep the puppy from chewing on the leash.
A tether is one of the most useful tools for resolving and managing problematic behavior. You will find that I refer to the use of a tether in many articles and videos throughout my training material in the member’s area. I generally use leashes as I always have plenty lying around, but you may want to purchase a chew proof tether so your dog does not damage one of your leashes. You can purchase dog tethers online or make one by visiting your local hardware store.
See what a Dog Tethered Looks Like in the Video Below
Published on July 23, 2017
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