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Do anti-pull harnesses or collars work....

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Clubber

What do you mean- this isn't my- couch?
 
 
Barked: Mon May 11, '09 6:40am PST 
..and if so, which kind? I swear that Clubber is convinced that he's a sled dog . We walk everyday, and have since he came home, so its not that he's just not used to being taken out. I've tried stopping and waiting for a sit, or at least a calmer state, praise like crazy for the two minutes of nice walking at a time, etc. At almost 5 months now, he's strong. He has nearly scared the life out of me already twice by activating the breakaway on his collar, and broken three altogether. I have moved his walks to when my husband can be with us, just because he is really hurting my arms and wrists, but I really want to be out with him on long walks alone too.
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Kolbe

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Barked: Mon May 11, '09 6:43am PST 
We use the EZ Walk Harness made by Gentle Leader and used it in conjunction with loose leash walking training. They both walk on a loose leash now but I still use the harness in case an unleashed dog approaches Kolbe it's easier to swing her around behind me with it - plus she has a weird neck and can slip out of her buckle collars really easily.
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Lilith

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Barked: Mon May 11, '09 7:31am PST 
We used Sporn's training harness on our 90lb doberman when we were training him to walk on a loose lead.

It worked! smile For us, anyway smile
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Bandit

Life is GOOD:)
 
 
Barked: Mon May 11, '09 7:48am PST 
I have never personaly used one but my mother has a 2 yr old Golden Retriever and she thinks that she is a sled dog also. She got her dog a Gentle Leader and she swears by it. It's the one that goes around the dogs head and mouth. I think the only bad thing that she has to say is that people ask why she has a beautiful dog in a muzzel. The Gentle Leaders sort of looks like a muzzel but they keep the dog from lunging. You might have to try a few out to see which one works best for you.

Here is the one she got: http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2751500
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Theodore aka- Teddy - **CGC**

Big Head. Big- Heart.
 
 
Barked: Mon May 11, '09 7:50am PST 
I SWEAR by the Sense-ation Harness by SoftTouch concepts. It literally has turned my wannabe sled dog into a gentleman on the leash. Before, it was impossible to walk him, let alone train him to walk on a loose leash. Now that his pulling has subsided, we are making huge progress on loose leash walking smile

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Tilly

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Barked: Mon May 11, '09 9:03am PST 
No matter what you use it won't work unless you also train your dog to walk on a loose lead, they are only to help you train them.

I never walk my dogs with the lead attached to the collar, they all now walk on a loose lead, they didn't when they first came, because of the damage a collar can do to a dog's neck. It doesn't take much to do a lot of damage.

I have a Staffy that has a tracheotomy in, it will never come out because of the amount of damage to her neck and trachea.
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Willy Moo

Pimpin ain't- easy
 
 
Barked: Mon May 11, '09 9:32am PST 
we have the Sporn no-pull harness and it is excellent. however as Tilly says alot of it is training. we have found that this harness is a great training TOOL. he still pulls but its better than using the god awful prong collar we were using before.
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Stella- "Blue"

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Barked: Mon May 11, '09 5:56pm PST 
They help, but they are not a miracle cure... training is still needed... I use the easy walker harness, but she can and will still pull... but it does help give me leverage while I work on training properly. (Clips in front)
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Brutus

Brutus the- Buddhist-the Zen- of Dog
 
 
Barked: Mon May 11, '09 6:01pm PST 
I second the Sense-ation harness, used with loose leash training!smile
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Annie, CGC

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Barked: Mon May 11, '09 7:11pm PST 
i'm a big fan of the sporn head collar and gentle leaders. when used as a tool to help teach, they work amazingly well!!

if you're interested in specific methods for teaching a loose lead walk, check out Asher's page. his method is wonderful!
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