Tether training! I can’t say enough about it…
I did it three times and three times it worked like a charm.
This gem of a technique became an intricate component in my life probably two weeks after Harley joined our family…
Completing those gazillion “after work” tasks while keeping one eye on him required a plan. #mosdef
Foods that shouldn’t have, were often served “blackened-cajun” style because I was chasing Harley around the house making sure he didn’t eat, bite or pee on something.
It didn’t seem fair to re-crate him after he’d been in there while I was at the office.
One evening Doodle Dad said –
He needs to stay with you so you can keep an eye on him.
As a novice pet parent, I got creative!
KITE STRING –
Yep, I looked in my ole man’s tool shed and found some kite string.
Here was my logic – if it can hold a kite hundreds of feet in the air, it can certainly hang onto an 11lb puppy.
We started off with about 7-8 feet, one end tied to his collar and the other to either my belt, pants loop, or sometimes around my waist!
The string was there only to keep us connected. I never used it for correction. I only used it in the house. It’s sole purpose was to keep him within eyes reach.
THE BENEFITS –
- We bonded instantly – had no choice!
- Constantly had my eye on him, while giving him access to move about
- Learned his habits quickly, I knew when he started to twirl – that meant “potty”
- He learned my voice tones, my “looks” and I was there to give instant praise as he learned
- Easy to correct bad behavior – I used a unusual phrase, “shame on you” when he reached for cords, shoes, or anything I didn’t want him to touch, bite or swallow.
THE PITFALLS –
- They are forever the ying to my yang
- We’re like velcro – it’s impossible to get next to me #askmyhusband
- It’s been 7 years since I’ve had the bathroom to myself…
And I’ve learned how to cook with sous chefs in the kitchen…
After my first experiment with this form of training, I’ve used it on Leo (who came to me at 6 months and 60lbs) as well as Jaxson.
Deterring bad habits such as –
- counter surfing
- table hopping
- half eaten shoes
- nibbled up table legs
– has made the “pitfalls” bearable.
Because of tether training – whenever they were out of the crate, I was able to correct the action before it became a bad habit. #Iwasthere
I’ve since learned there are actually “umbilical belts” you can purchase – but for me, kite string does the trick. #cheapertoo
*I am not a breeder nor a veterinarian. I am a Doodle Mom searching and sharing a better understanding about everything Goldendoodle.
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