Most dog owners have had some experience with their dogs pulling from time to time. Other dog owners experience it everyday! As a pet sitter who walks many dogs on a daily basis, I encounter this all the time.
There are a lot of products and training out there that can help reduce leash pulling. First I’ll tell you a little bit of what I’ve found that works for me:
- Positive Reinforcement Training
- Easy Walk Harnesses
- Gentle Leader
Positive Reinforcement Training with pulling can take awhile but is definitely worth the wait! Meet with a local dog trainer to learn more!
The “Easy Walk” Harness and the “Gentle Leader” can both be found at your local pet store. I believe they are quite similarly priced to regular harnesses and collars. I use the “Easy Walk” Harness with my own dog and it works very well. It must be used and secured properly to be effective. It also must fit and be sized to the dog perfectly. It doesn’t pinch or hurt the dog in any way, instead, when the dog begins to pull it applies gentle pressure on the dog’s chest. It wont cause any choking or coughing.
A regular harness will sometimes work, but often dogs will pull back against it – like you see with sled dogs. Choke chains end up just choking a dog, rather than reducing pulling. In my experience, regular collars seem to have no effect at all against pulling.
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I use the harness now to walk my boxer. Sam was always coughing with the regular leash and now he doesn’t!