|Barked: Sun Jul 13, '08 9:25am PST |
|Hello, we have a Weimaraner that pulls, we got a harness that goes around their chest and behind their front legs. It works very well. My Aussie is also a light puller, usually only for the first 10 minutes, but enough to be annoying. I use a standard choker right behind the ears with no slack. This changes her stride into a "show" trot, and only requires very light but constant pressure. After the leading ceases, I go back to a verbal "psshhhht" or clicking sound and light tab correction.
Another trick is to avoid walking straight down the sidewalk. If know where their going they will want to just get there. As mentioned before, stopping, going back, turning, having them sit/lay down, and changing things up keeps you leading he back. Also, optional, but I don't let them track or sniff poles "check email" while you are walking.
People are often impressed that I can walk a 50lb and 70lb dog with full control when I am out. A very short leash also helps. Those expandable "lazy leashes" sell them on ebay! Our favorite leash for the Weimaraner is a handle with a buckle on the end.
For running and hiking I use a buddysys.com, and use a full harness. This is also very convenient for hiking, and prevents a dog from ever lunging out of your hands and into harms way.
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