|Barked: Mon Sep 17, '12 1:51am PST |
|If she's a little dog, I like the padded harnesses. They have different kinds on Amazon at pretty good prices. If the problem is that she's got a little too much pulling power on a regular leash, you could get a Kong leash with a padded handle, which keeps her from digging into your hand when she pulls.
It sounds like you might have a few different things going on there. Pulling toward cats, not always, but usually, is prey drive rather than reactivity. Is she growling at the cats, or is she freezing and then silently bolting towards them? For situations where she is pulling toward people in a happy/excited way (where she does not seem angry, anxious, fearful, or aggressive) you just don't let her say hi to people when she's pulling- ask her to heel, and if she doesn't, turn around and walk in the other direction or walk in a wide arc around whoever she wants to say hi to. If you ask for a heel and she gives it to you, she gets to say hi. If she is truly reactive, that's more complicated, but as a quick and dirty answer, pass by people and dogs at a distance she's comfortable with, so she looks at them but doesn't bark or growl, and then give her a treat as soon as she looks away from them.