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?
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.
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.