Does your pet pull and tug you down the street ? Is the joy of walking your dog diminished because your arm is being yanked out of its socket? Do you feel sorry for your dog choking and gagging as he drags you along? Did you know that some training collars can actually cause damage to the trachea and the nerves and blood vessels in the neck?
We have all been there too! Fortunately there are more effective, humane and gentle solutions! Great options include front clip body harnesses and head halters.
Front Clip Harnesses are designed to gently discourage your dog from pulling while walking on a leash. Unlike traditional harnesses, a front clip harness never causes coughing, gagging or choking because the chest strap rests low across the breastbone, not on the sensitive and delicate trachea and neck area.
Traditional back clip harnesses and collars actually encourage dogs to pull harder because of the "opposition reflex". This is the reflex that causes sled dogs to pull against pressure and to do what they do! The easy walk harness' unique front chest leash attachment stops pulling by steering your dog to the side and redirecting his attention toward you.
If your dog forges ahead of you, gently pull the leash to the side to turn the dogs toward you. As he stops pulling, be sure to release the tension on the leash. Use praise and reward your dog with treats and/or petting.
To slow your dog when he is pulling ahead, apply gentle pressure to the leash, pulling gently toward one side of the dog. Release the pressure on the leash when the dog is walking nicely next to you.
Do not use a front clip harness with a retractable leash! With a retractable leash, the dog is "rewarded" with additional leash when he pulls ahead!! We want the dog to learn to NOT pull ahead. In addition, a retractable leash will always apply a slight constant pressure, teaching your dog it is okay to continue pulling. Simply choose a 4-6 foot lightweight nylon or leather leash.
WATCH THIS VIDEO FOR INSTRUCTIONS HOW TO USE THE FREEDOM HARNESS!
If your dog is still pulling too much even with a front clip harness, or if working with a dog who has exuberant pulling behavior or high arousal behavior; consider a head halter for increased control.
The truth about prong collars IS painful.We know this may bring controversy but these words are not ours, read what the most talented and famous dog trainers in the world such as Jean Donaldson have to say at the links below.People who love their dogs seek the guidance of pet professionals.
No well-educated dog trainer, certified animal behaviorist, veterinarian or veterinary behavior specialist should ever recommend this type of training.There are simply more effective and better ways. We know that people who seek professional help for their dog want the very best for their dogs.If a “professional” suggests such a collar…you have the right and now the knowledge to simply walk away.