Many dogs pull on leash. Not only do they want to get where they are going, but they have four legs to our two. But, there are some tips to helping this situation. First, eliminate the use of retractable leashes. If you’re walking your dog on a retractable, your dog will never get a feel for loose leash walking. Nothing will be a substitute for training a dog to walk on a loose leash. While a positive reinforcement trainer is your best option, another option is to do it yourself using training videos as your guide. Go to YouTube and search for videos by Victoria Stilwell.
If training isn’t an option, cheat! Cheat with an anti-pull tool. Do NOT use a choke chain, a prong collar, an e-collar or a shock leash/collar. All of these are tools which will cause your dog pain and/or discomfort. There are far more humane tools out there. Using a harness that clips on the dog’s back can actually cause more pulling.
Using a head collar like the Halti or the Gentle Lead Harness will reduce pulling. These types of harnesses are placed on the dog’s snout so that you are in control of his neck when he’s pulling. However, if the dog isn’t properly introduced to this type of harness, it’s common that he won’t like it and will try to get it off by rolling his head into the ground.
Anti-pull body harnesses are the best choice. They are comfortable, easy-to-use and give you great control over your dog because you are controlling him by the body and not neck. Most of the anti-pull harnesses are front clip harnesses such as the Easy Walk Harness and the Freedom Harness. There are others on the market. Remember, the key to the success is that the leash attaches in the front of the dog’s chest, not on his back.
No matter what you choose, do something so that both of you enjoy a nice, relaxing walk at the end of the day.