Walking your dog

There are many ways to walk your dog, many different types of equipment. Where do I start? you ask...How do I stop my dog from pulling? Well, there is hope. There are many different types of equipment out there to assist or you can do it the old fashioned way and simply hard work is the answer.

Over the years I have spent training dogs how to walk well on the lead, I have found the following to be true. You either put the hard work in, or you cheat, either way is more than fine as life is about being easier not harder. It is hard, hard work getting pulled down the street by your dog, falling down embankments, spraining ankles, dislocating shoulders, trust me it's happened to many of my clients before they ring me for help.

Using a chocker chain is a little old school in my opinion however they can work well if you use them properly. They can be put on the wrong way and then won't release properly when loose lead walking.

Using a training collar (martingale collar, slip collar) I find is excellent if you ware wanting to put your work in and get your dog walking well on the neck collar.

Using a harness, mmmm, this can be a nightmare walking your dog, it will depend on the type of harness you use, however in my experience it's really hard to walk your dog particularly a large breed dog. Little breeds I can handle the use of a chest harness better, however if you ever use a chest harness on a labrador, border collie, german shepherd, etc. etc. you end up getting pulled more as they are very strong dogs and a harness will encourage them to pull more. You can use a two point harness with a double ended lead as it attaches at both the front of the chest and at the top of the back but again, they aren't as successful as a neck collar and hard work.

A head collar is an excellent option, if you can get your dog used to wearing one, with the right introduction to them you can. These work by sitting across the nose and doing up behind the ears generally. They work well as the dog doesn't like being pulled back via the nose so they tend to not want to keep pulling with only this to keep occurring. They also are a more dominant piece of equipment sitting on the dogs nose. So these can work well. Just watch what brand you buy as the thicker ones tend to get really stiff across the dogs nose and ride up into the eye area especially when well used, old, or wet and the material goes hard.

A sidewalker is an excellent option as well, these are collars that sit on the dog, the lead attaches to the collar and the handler does nothing to teach the dog, the dog works it all out for itself. This is because the side walker collar is set to either vibrate or give a stimulation on the neck when the lead goes tight (when the dog pulls) so the dog soon works out its annoying and not in its benefit to do so and very quickly they walk wonderfully beside you. This also helps immensely when they are pulling to getting frustrated with other dogs, because again the stimulation occurs and it settles them down due to the dog preferring the lead to be loose without stimulation than tight with stimulation.

Do your research on dog walking equipment, not every option works for everyone however if you play around a bit with what you feel comfortable using, you will be well on your way to getting your dog to walk much better beside you rather than pulling in front and dragging you down the road!

Check out this great longer lead excellent for recall and training as well....

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