I wanted to get your thoughts on this.
I have a 4 month old pup who is getting stronger by the day is is starting to pull on the leash. I can hold her, but she is choking herself sometimes, and it's a real pain if I've got my arms full.
We are now done our puppy class and have just started grade 1, so this is something we're working on in class, but in the meantime I wasn't sure what you guys do for this problem.
In class we are using a lot of bait to keep the dogs close to us. This is fine & dandy, and at some point we are to wean the pups off the food, but the problem for me is that if I forget my bait pouch or if I don't feed her constantly, she resumes the pulling. Also if my arms are full, it's impossible to feed her while we walk.
In training class they only allow a flat collar, choke chain or gentle leader (the would prefer this over the choke chain).
I got a Gentle Leader. I will say, it does work - however - I HATE it. The dog hates it. I seem to have trouble getting it fit correctly. You're supposed to have it up high, behind their ears, it slips down no matter how tight it is. It's also messing up the fur on her nose, which is simply an aesthetic thing, but it bugs me. lol The adjustment buckle for the part around the muzzle is always coming open, so that part gets loose causing the strap to get too close to her eyes. The dog hates me putting it on her and we fight over it every. single. time. She tried to rub it off with her paws in training class and I spend more time correcting her for that than correcting her for not doing her obedience properly. lol
I'm not crazy about choke chains as I think you can hurt their neck if they suddenly pull too hard.
Her breeder said to get a prong collar. She said not to punish her with it, but just let her self-correct. I was surprised she said that since the pup is so young, but I decided to try it. It's hard getting it on her, as she's wiggly, but she does not object to it and it seems to help with the pulling. I put the rubber tips on it and use the dead ring.
But I can't use it in my training class and also, my flyball people really object to it. I used to feel the same way, as they look like a torture device, but I've since changed my mind after doign a bit more homework. I'd also rather give one sharp correction than a hundred nagging ones, and while she's not pulling, it's not activated and not bothering her, whereas the GL is ALWAYS annoying her, regardless of if she's behaving well or not.
What do you guys do?! lol
Should I just persevere on the flat collar with treats, or what is best? I feel like every other person is criticizing my choices and now I'm not sure what is best for her while we work through this issue. Mostly she walks nicely beside me, it's if she sees/smells something interesting, or is keen on getting somewhere (back home) that she'll pull, and it changes every minute depending on what is going on in her environment.