Originally Posted by Jaxx's mom
Jaxx is now ten months old and he pulls with the choke chain really bad so I went to Petsmart to get a prong, I really didn't want to get one and I have never used one before.... I also am afraid he could hurt himself on it.. so I asked a trainer that works at pet smart for some ideas what to use instead of it, and he showed us an easy walk harness and another thing that I cant remember the name of (lol) I ended up paying 20 dollars for an easy walk. I haven't used it yet, and we can get a refund on it if we take it back... but from your experience does it work?
I've never used an Easy Walk, but it's the same concept as the Sense-ation harness, which I have, and have used with my two current and two prior dogs, when they were all younger. My experience with the front hook harnesses is that they can be very effective at getting more rewardable behavior while you are in the process of training leash skills. It won't completely stop pulling and is not a substitute for training. It seemed to make my dogs a bit more aware of me at the other end of the leash, and minimized pulling somewhat. If he's a bad puller and already big and strong at 10 months old, it may or may not be enough. I start using them when mine are puppies.
I agree with Nigel - I'd ditch the choke chain. A prong would be a better choice than that, and if he already IS a really bad puller, it will manage and minimize the behavior better than a front hook harness. You could use it while you train leash skills (if that's your goal), or you could use it as management. It would be good to find a trainer who could help you fit and use a prong properly if you go that direction. Neither the harness or the prong are going to give you a nice loose leash walk without further training, but if all you care about is him not pulling you all over the place on walks and don't want to spend tons of time training proper leash skills, the prong should do that for you.
another question I have is do you think 80$ for a one on one, one hour, training session is a good price? I'm willing to pay that price, but I'm not sure if eighty dollars for an hour is reasonable..... ( its only you and your dog and the trainer, its not a group class) you can talk about anything with the trainer, and they will give you advice and show you how. if I went I would work on walking of course, and maybe heeling and stay ( he knows heeling and stay just not very well)
I have no idea what prices are where you live, that's something you'll have to check into on your own since the cost of living varies widely across the country, but that would be considered very reasonable for where I live. Do you know anything about this person and their level of experience? I've worked with two private trainers that charged $100 per session, but they lasted longer than an hour - more like an hour and a half +. And one of them had package prices for 5 and 10 sessions, which brought down the price. I ended up buying a 10 pack, which was $750. That was a steal, IMO - she's Michael Ellis's business partner in the Loup du Soleil Belgian Malinois kennel, and sometimes works at his school, so her methods are the same and she's extremely knowledgeable and experienced with working breeds.
I've only had one male, but I didn't do anything special with Keefer. He probably won't feel good for a day or two, so just don't force him to do more than he wants to, but I don't think you need to limit leash walks unless he's showing signs that he doesn't want to do anything. You'll probably be surprised at how quickly he bounces back from surgery. I think the stitches came out in the 10 days to 2 week range, but it was a few years ago and I don't recall exactly. I never actually put a cone on Keef, he was pretty good about not licking the stitches, and if I caught him doing it he'd stop if I told him to. But when Halo had a huge hot spot on her side, I got her this, which worked great: Home Page
What I like about the BiteNot collar is that it prevents them from turning their head enough to lick at their back end, but doesn't restrict them in any other way. She could still eat, play, fit through the dog door, and go into her crate. She didn't particularly like it, but it was certainly better than a cone.