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Old 06-26-2013, 06:35 PM
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Default Best harness/collar/etc for a BAD puller?

Rowan pulls on a leash. Like, horribly so. I don't even generally take him places he has to be on a leash because of it, other than a quick trip to the pet store here and there. He seems to pull not to get to any particular object/goal, but just to pull... it's incredibly frustrating and I've been trying to train a nice loose leash walk for years now and it's just not making much of an impact.

So, I'm curious what you guys think are the best management tools for this situation. He has a Gentle Leader that we use infrequently at best. I see all kinds of things customers use for their dogs at work, from Easy Walk harnesses to Starmark training collars to prongs. Any ideas on what might work for him?

This is basically the one area where Riff outshines Rowan... he's so good on a leash!
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Freedom no-pull. Hudson can get.......let's go with 'a little excited' when we go somewhere new and there are lots of people. Clip the leash to the front and he can't pull
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Blossom is a freakish puller when excited. Tried several things but she pulled through every but a well-fitted pinch collar. That is generally my preference for strong pullers, though I have had success with head halters and front clip harnesses as well.
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I've always used a prong on dogs that love to pull and are two strong for me to handle if they are pulling (aka, most of the Pittie's of dog sat/fostered). Never had an issue with a prong!
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My super strong husky mix pulled right through a (properly fitted) prong. Never phased her a bit after the initial time or two...plus it exacerbated her reactivity. I used a leash wrap on her and it worked wonderfully but if I had her now I would go with a no pull harness. I tried a halti on her but she wiggled out of them.
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How does he do on the gentle leader?
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Blossom is a freakish puller when excited. Tried several things but she pulled through every but a well-fitted pinch collar. That is generally my preference for strong pullers, though I have had success with head halters and front clip harnesses as well.
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I've always used a prong on dogs that love to pull and are two strong for me to handle if they are pulling (aka, most of the Pittie's of dog sat/fostered). Never had an issue with a prong!
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My super strong husky mix pulled right through a (properly fitted) prong. Never phased her a bit after the initial time or two...plus it exacerbated her reactivity. I used a leash wrap on her and it worked wonderfully but if I had her now I would go with a no pull harness. I tried a halti on her but she wiggled out of them.
Something to consider with the pinch. They can hype a dog up depending on how they handle pain/correction...
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Something to consider with the pinch. They can hype a dog up depending on how they handle pain/correction...
I agree with this. Not to mention... they can create a leash reactive dog inadvertently, and that's a much more difficult issue than pulling!

I like Sensation harnesses a lot! When I train a dog not to pull, I use a slip lead fitted snugly at the very top of the neck. I wear them out with a good walk, leash held firmly at my left side (it's much easier for dogs to pull when they have momentum out in front of you). Once they're less amped up, I hold the end of the leash and consistently "be a tree" the second there is tension on the leash. That and tons of treats to lure them to my left side. I've used this method with dogs of ALL sizes and intensities, and it never fails! Even rowdy adolescent 150 lb Danes are a breeze to walk if you make it clear that they aren't going anywhere with a tight leash.
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I usually try a head harness first but I have only had one dog not loose their crap and try to rip their face off. So I also use prongs to train. Gage now can be walked on anything. But I trained him with the prong so he learned what I expected on every collar. Now I will use it occasionally when we are going to an event or something.
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