Saturday, 2 May 2015

Positive Training: Tethering Your Dog

Hello everyone, and welcome to Siberian Saturday. Today, i'm going to go over one of my favorite training techniques, using nothing but positives. Nowadays it's all about positive dog training, and it should be! Let me introduce you to the tethering system.




What Does It Mean To Tether A Dog?

Tethering is a training system mostly used for puppies, but can also be done with adult dogs as well. To tether, means to have your dog or puppy connected to you by a leash, or some form of tethering tool.

What Is The Purpose Of Tethering?


SIberian husky
As I mentioned above, tethering is generally used with puppy training. So I will cover that aspect first. Siberian Huskies can be notoriously difficult to train as pups. Not all of them, but if you ask the general husky owner, they will say the same. Tethering is great for numerous reasons. It can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your new puppy. It helps your pup feel a "pack mom" connection to you. It makes training a positive time for you and your pup. By using the tether system, your pup will immediately begin to follow your lead. When you walk somewhere, he walks with you. When you sit down to relax, he sits down to relax and so on and so forth.

It is perfectly normal for a pup to have accidents in the house. It is also perfectly normal for a pup to want to chew everything that is in your house. BUT tethering can help with these things.


Tips to make tethering work for you and your pup: 

  • Do not start tethering your new puppy until he has been on a leash a few times.
  • tethering time should not be 24/7
  • It is best to tether after your pup has had a bit of exercise 
  • Always praise your pup and give yummy treats while they are tethered to you
  • Expect your pup to be a little confused when tether training is first introduced
  • When it's relax time, have a comfy spot for pup to lay while tethered
  • Always keep dog toys close so pup has something to keep him occupied 

Using Tethering for potty training:


When you take your pup out for a pee, if he goes, you treat and praise him, but if he doesn't go, the scenario that normally happens is you bring pup back inside, only to have him pee on the floor.
How can you prevent this? Tethering!
If your pup refuses to pee outside, then bring him in and tether him to you. (Doing this will prevent accidents.) Bring him back outside for a pee in 15 minutes. If he goes then he gets "free time" in the house for a bit. If he doesn't pee yet, repeat the process.


Using Tethering To Prevent Destructiveness: 

This one is rather obvious. When your pup is tethered to you, you will be able to keep a closer eye on him, thus preventing things in your house from being chewed.

Siberian Husky

The Tethering system will work for adult dogs as well.
There are some cases where you may rescue a dog who needs to go right back to the basics of training. Including but not limited to potty training, and being destructive. Use the tether the same way on your adult dog as you would use on your puppy. This will help your dog feel safe and secure being close to you with the tether, and will prevent accidents from happening in the house.
Remember to always keep this a positive experience for both puppy and adult dogs.



This technique is not to be used while you are out of the house. It is not safe to keep your dog tied up to anything when you are not there to supervise. Stay tuned for our next Siberian Saturday when I will go over some tips on leaving your sibe home alone.



22 comments:

  1. I used tethering when Phoenix first came home. I think it's a great method to keep an new pup out of trouble. :)

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  2. I agree with Lauren. With young, mischievous puppies, this method works well.

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    1. Yes it does! Not just pups though, it can be a great benefit with adult rescues as well!

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  3. We don't need tethering much since we have a yard, but if we are out and about and Mom wants to free up her hands she sometimes tethers us to something for a few minutes, but she is always there.

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  4. Interesting. We have never done this.

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    1. It really comes in handy with training!

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  5. Very interesting, I may need this one of these days if we decide to get another dog.

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    1. Definitely! Let me know if you ever have any questions!

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  6. I don't use this method, but it sounds like it will work!

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    1. Oh it does! I have used it more than once, and swear by it!

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  7. Great post! I used tethering for my Husky as a puppy but these are good additional tethering tips to apply. Great use for my foster dogs to! Thanks!

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    1. Your very welcome! It can really help with fosters and rescues, so I wish you the best of luck, and let me know if you have any questions!

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  8. We did some tethering with Hailey when we first got her. I had totally forgotten that until I read your post.

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    1. I love this method! It did wonders for me and my pups!

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  9. great post! Have a great weekend.

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  10. I don't think I've ever heard of this method, but it sounds great! I would think it might work well especially if you have a dog that doesn't like a crate. You'll know right where they are and be able to keep them out of trouble. It could be a good way to help them get used to being on a leash too, don't you think?
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Yes, your absolutely right. It is a great method for dogs who don't like crates!! And I suppose it would be good for a pup to get used to a leash as well, the only reason one of my tips was to have your dog used to a leash before tethering, is because some pups can be very anxious about being tethered to a human without first knowing what a leash even is. Some of them will throw some pretty good temper tantrums, so if they at least understand the concept of a leash, and the fact that it means they are connected to their human - I think that part helps :)

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  11. My sister tried this method with her Golden and she swears by it. I may try it with our next puppy!

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    1. I swear by it as well! It really does wonders!!!!

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