Most people know that crate training your pup is a great idea, but not as many know about tethering. Similar to crating, tethering your pup helps keep your pup out of trouble and helps with house training. It’s a little different from crating in that a tether is nothing more than a short(er) leash that you can attach to anything sturdy no matter where you are.
See that curved line that looks like it’s coming out of Siena’s hind end? That’s a tether! It’s not really connected to her hind end, but rather her collar. The other end is connected to the gate that separates the kitchen from my office.
Today’s her first day on a tether. I like to use a tether because it gives me more freedom to move with Siena throughout the house. It also keeps her out of the crate. AND, most importantly, it keeps her safe and in an area where I can constantly watch her — which is helpful when you’re house training a puppy!
If you’re having trouble potty training your pup because he wanders away from you, a tether will help. It’s a plastic coated wire that’s about 3′ or 4′ long and it has a clip on each end. You simply attach your dog to one end and secure the other end to something sturdy. Voila! You now have a tool that will help keep your pup out of trouble and doesn’t mean that he’ll be crated for hours at a time.
Tethers are to be used only when you can actively supervise your pup. I would never leave Siena alone while she’s tethered – she could become entangled and severely injure herself. But it’s great for days like this one, where I’m spending most of my day in front of the computer. She’s right here in the same room, close enough that I can even pet her, and I don’t have to crate her, and most importantly — she can’t get into trouble or sneak off and pee in the house! The tether is the perfect solution!