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Old 01-18-2010, 02:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What's the best collar to use for a "puller"?

Sorry if this has been asked before. Me and the search engine dont get along so well...

Tanis is not quite 8 months old. Strong as an ox. Larger than Bella and weighs 60 or so pounds. I am currently using just a flat collar and leash. I prefer to walk the dogs together but now that he is getting bigger I cant do it. Last week I decided to go for a long walk and my entire body hurt for 3 days. Tried again last night to take them both and I had to turn around and come back home. Later I went back out with DH walking Bella and me with Tanis. Tanis still was very hard to handle. I am going to try again tonight just him and I with no other members of the family and see if I can work on his heel and calm walking.

We are supposed to be going to a tracking seminar at the end of the month and I know I'm going to look like the biggest loser who cant even hold on to her dog. Please help. I am inviting collar suggestions as well as any tips for training a calm walk. Thanks.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Flat collar and pull = stop. Only move when you get slack. And for now, one dog at a time. At least that's the technique that works for me.
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clicker and bacon bits worked for me.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I like the EasyWalk harness: http://www.premier.com/View.aspx?pag...lk/description

It's not a substitution for training and middleofnowhere's suggestion is spot on for training how to walk nicely on a leash. But the Easywalk should at least give you some control until your dog learns to not pull.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have owned and used prong collars, easy walk harness, gentle leader head halter, e-collar, etc and to be honest the most effective thing I've used on my strongest puller has been attaching a long (6'-8') lead to the regular collar, then basically looping it around his groin area, almost like you're tying a knot around the dog. I don't even have to correct the dog like this. The sensation must be something that they hate because he dare not pull. Someone told me that he's seen cowboys flip bulls in a similar fashion. Other people told me they've used this as a make-shift harness for controlling a stray or shelter animal with no or unknown leash training. I learned it when we entered a dock diving event. The dogs can only wear a simple flat collar and many of them get really amped up and are hard to control. This is how the competitors walked their dogs out to the platform. It's kinda hard to explain, I can take a pick later if you want.
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Please do Lies!!

I looped the leash around the chest of a temp foster who is hugh to make a temp harness. He never once pulled while the leash was like that.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I think the issue is rarely the collar or equipment. It is the consistency of the training. I like the be like a tree and stop.
whenever the the lead is loose the walk continues. Once tension occurs when dog hit the end of the leash it stops. I don't say anything initiaally and through repetition the dog learns: There is absolutely nothing in this for me when a pull on leash. Clear rules for the dog. This method continues to work with me no matter hat collar I have on. I only add a pinch collar or GL ONCE these rules are learned (on a puppy) and if needed. This method also means many short, slow walks only for the purpose of teaching my dog how to walk. Make the rules crystal clear for the dog and BE consistent.
I have seen the around the body loop work quite well too - I have just never tried on my dogs.
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Well, Bella is a GIRL and if she's anywhat like my dogess, she wants to please and responds to ett ett don't chase that.

Tanis is a boy, in his teenage stage so more drastic measures need to be taken! Does he have a prong collar? Otto does, when he's excited, he'll pull right through it. I've been a post. I've turned and gone the other direction. I've popped that prong so hard he cries. He pulls. I may be trying Lies' leash across the groin idea

YES pictures would be nice!
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K, I'll demonstrate later tonight. Hey I'm even getting pretty handy with my camera's video function!
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It doesn't have anything to do with the sex of the dog. My two worst pullers were female (Massie and Chama). Rafi wants nothing more than to please and is perfect on a leash.

While I am training my dogs to walk nicely on a leash I like to use the Sense-ation harness. http://www.softouchconcepts.com/prod...on_harness.php

Once I've got them trained I just use a flat collar.
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