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    Unhappy Concerned I May Be Doing the Wrong Thing

    I've been reading lots about some kind of cruel halter and now I feel sick to my stomach.

    Terry was always a nightmare to walk. He'd strain until he was coughing. I think he just loved the feeling of being out and about. I didn't want him to make himself sick so I brought a halter that goes around his chest and connects on his back. Walking him has been so much easier now, he does this funny little dance when he tries to pull.

    But now I'm concerned this is a bad thing to do. Have I made the wrong choice?

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    Not at all. Does it make life easier for you? Is he more comfortable? If yes, then stuff what anyone else says!

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    Don't know what you've been reading Disney?

    Halters can help greatly with the owner who has a dog that is pulling, lunging when out on lead. Best thing is to teach the dog how to heel correctly in the first place, but if that hasn't happened, well the halter (various types) are just one of many tools designed to make life and learning easier - not only for you but the dog also.

    Basically, Occy said it in one sentence.

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    Thanks for the words of support you two. I was quite worried for a sec there!

    I was skimming through that prong collar thread and I kept hearing that halters are cruel and I started to think 'perhaps Tezza's happy little dance is a sign of back pain.'

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    Not sure, Disney, could be mistaken but i think the majority of the negatives may have been about the head halters - the ones that close their mouths tightly and go over the bridge of the nose.

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    Head collars and harnesses are two different things and neither is cruel when used right

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    And also Disney, every dog is different, every need is different, every person is different. What works like a charm for one is another's nighmare. Go with what works for you.

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    *Big sigh of relief. Well, aren't I the apple cheeked one now?

    I love this forum. I've learned a lot since I've joined (I lurked a lot before I joined.) My dog is better behaved and happier.

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    And I bet you are too. A happy dog is a very happy owner! Cheers.

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    Great to hear

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