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    C&B I understand your reluctance to use a check chain on such a little dog. A more gentle alternative is a martingale collar, made of fabric but instead of a clasp has another loop which the lead attaches to. When the dog is walking with a loose lead, the collar is loose/relaxed, if the dog pulls, the collar tightens. These type of collars are popular with greyhounds as they have such pinheads! Fitted correctly, it means they can't slip their collars.

    Of course, nothing beats training which you are doing anyway!

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    I'm not a fan of harnesses as such. Only ever tried one once, and that was with Zed who was 3 and not trained to heel on lead. Sigh.

    Seriously, I would be focusing on teaching Bella HOW TO HEEL CORRECTLY in the back yard, or at the park or somewhere. Little sessions a few times a day are great.
    Nothing you buy, and nothing you ever do, will in the end be as good as a wonderfully trained little Bella who heels perfectly beside you. A joy to walk, and a pleasure to see.
    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    I'm not a fan of harnesses as such. Only ever tried one once, and that was with Zed who was 3 and not trained to heel on lead. Sigh.

    Seriously, I would be focusing on teaching Bella HOW TO HEEL CORRECTLY in the back yard, or at the park or somewhere. Little sessions a few times a day are great.
    Nothing you buy, and nothing you ever do, will in the end be as good as a wonderfully trained little Bella who heels perfectly beside you. A joy to walk, and a pleasure to see.
    Cheers.
    TBH DA I actually don't know how But I do know we will be learning in class. It's odd, she walks perfectly beside me or just behind me off lead at the dog park, (which she gets lots of treats and praise for) but on lead...

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    Some dogs really hate the lead. When I get them as pups, I pop a very, very light lead on them & just let them drag it around for a few minutes every day while I supervise. Eventually, it just becomes "part of the furniture" & they're good to go when I pick it up & we start the formal training.

    Tara, of course has been the exception to every rule. She's had a skin irritation & scratching the "bageesus" out of herself when she was younger took precedence over anything else ... understandibly. She was an absolute terror in class up until about 6 months ago. Since I've got her scratching under control, she's a lot happier, but teaching her to comply & heel nicely at my left hand side is a hell of a lot harder at her current size, strength & body weight than an 8 week old puppy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSDs4Ever View Post
    Some dogs really hate the lead. When I get them as pups, I pop a very, very light lead on them & just let them drag it around for a few minutes every day while I supervise. Eventually, it just becomes "part of the furniture" & they're good to go when I pick it up & we start the formal training.
    Quote Originally Posted by GSDs4Ever View Post

    Tara, of course has been the exception to every rule. She's had a skin irritation & scratching the "bageesus" out of herself when she was younger took precedence over anything else ... understandibly. She was an absolute terror in class up until about 6 months ago. Since I've got her scratching under control, she's a lot happier, but teaching her to comply & heel nicely at my left hand side is a hell of a lot harder at her current size, strength & body weight than an 8 week old puppy.
    Great minds think alike! Lol.

    That's what I've always done when starting to lead train. Sometimes they've had them attached on and off for a week and been fine, other times it's taken longer. But yaeh, I agree, by the time they're used to it - old hat - and you can just go onto the training with no hassle of them 'hating' the leash.

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    What dogsbestfriend basement/ancient thread bumper said about harnesses does not apply to harness with front attach points, like the one on my link (sensible/sensation).

    I find Frosty can do a perfect heel on or off lead, except when we're walking the local footpaths. And then she's a sled dog. The choke chain made no difference. The gentle leader nose band worked. It's not quite the same as a halti, with both, neither work unless the fit is perfect and way tighter than you think it should be behind the ears. Frosty and I both hate the gentle leader - so I only put it on her if she's being really really naughty and I'm angry enough to be mean.

    The sensible harness - took all the power out of her pulling - I can hold her back from a full thrust pull with one finger. And these are the pulls she does next to a busy road when her brain has gone to mush because some car has just screamed past - she hates busy roads.

    I've been walking her on the footpaths in that - for months now. Mainly to get to our favourite afternoon oval. And occasionally I forget to put it on and the walk is now manageable without it. Not as pleasant as with it but manageable. But I certainly notice the difference if I clip to the flat collar instead of the harness when it's time to go home.

    This was the kind of harness DA used. It did give her control back but it didn't teach that dog to heel either. Like I said - Frosty knows how to heel, she just has brain fade on the local footpaths. The harness is good for teaching a dog to heel if you don't like the check collar and the flat collar doesn't work. But lots of treats and praise, and for most dogs, the ones that enjoy walks, not budging until the pulling stops helps.

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