Desensitising with the lead
Question: My rotty goes crazy whenever I get her lead out Tiffany Bennett Answer: I am assuming you may be giving her a verbal cue, telling her you are going for a walk. This heightens your dog even before it gets out of the door. How then, do you expect her to behave once the lead is on? Firstly, don’t give your dog verbal cues such as walkies, then decrease her reactivity to the lead in the following ways. Carry the lead around, put it on a coffee table, drop it on the ground, drag it on the ground and drape it around your neck. You can also clip it onto your dog’s collar then take it off and repeat. Do these things but don’t go anywhere. Over time, your dog will begin to associate the lead as a part of everyday life.
Kyra Ensbey from Bright Bessy dog training.