Dominance Issue With Women
(Maple, ON, Canada)
Hi, I'm reaching out to the community in near desperation for suggestions on how to deal with our 14wo male Aussie who is making going for walks almost unbearable for my wife and daughters (he isn't as bad for me).
We have had him in a harness since we got him (the connection to the leash is on his back) and he has taken to chewing on the leash to the point of tugging it (like he does with his ropie) while walking and will NOT let go, even when he is stopped, told to sit (he lets it go, then immediately picks it up again). When you try to remove it, he will growl or nip.
A pet trainer has suggested he does this to move your hand down the leash as biting the hand is a big no-no, yet doesn't work to stop him. We have also tried soaking the bottom part of his leash in lemon juice, vinegar and even cayenne peppers and this may stop him initially, but he still persists.
I am finding that if/when I stop when he does this and tell him a firm NO, he will stop (maybe it's my bass voice), but even when my wife does this (as deeply as she can) it doesn't change the behaviour.
He is exercised several times a day (brisk walks range from 20-45 min) and reviewing Anton's book has yielded no other ideas.