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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Re: Leash problems and a prong collar
Prong is fine for this kind of situation - they are a good and safe way to ensure control.
There are many options for your if you are only looking for a short-term control solution - worth checking into other people's reccomendations, and see what your dog accepts and responds to the best. Though I only have personal experience with the prong collar (I swear by them - for SOME situations), I know that many people are very happy with the results they get with harnesses and head-collars.
Another thing that might work for you is a flexi-type leash. I have found that when I adopted my rescue she pulled my arms off leash walking, but was very good on a flexi leash. Seems that a little bit more freedom the longer leashes offer is enough to satisfy some dogs. Same thing with a puppy I had - loved to pull on the six foot leash, but did very well at staying withing the range the flexi offered and respected the "end" of the leash.
I always use the "Flexi" brand leashes, made in Germany. They are of very good quality and put up with a lot of abuse. Haven't tried any of the other brands - I worry that they may not stand up to the wear and tear a large strong dog could put them through.
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Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015