Leash pulling - what equipment to use?
I have 5 months old puppy, we're going to puppy classes for about 3 weeks or so. I use a regular harness, but he's getting strong when he pulls. The most of the time at home and in classes he doesn't pull at all, but if he's very near the other dog or something else he finds exciting, he starts pulling like crazy. It's a bit easier to handle him if I attach the leash to the chest clip on the harness, but the instructor doesn't like it.
The instructor suggested half choke collar and I got one, unfortunately the first time I used it in puppy class was our first trip to the city. He was pretty much pulling all the time, seeing so many new things and having to walk in a line with other pups.
I felt really bad and I'm worried about his neck. He didn't choke at all - I didn't set the collar tight, but there is pretty much constant pressure on his neck.
I'm not sure about using the collar for now, what do you think? I think he'll get better with more socialization, but I don't want him to get used to pulling...