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    Pedro's harness arrived in the mail today ($28 with postage) and it's amazing. He caught on that pulling on the lead was getting him nowhere and was walking on a loose lead pretty much instantly! I'm hoping I can use it as a tool for training (hard to give positive reinforcement when your dog is not doing anything positive!) but in the meantime it just makes life so easy - just going for a walk rather than battling him down the street! So good!!! Wish I had this a year ago
    And the bonus is that once Pedro falls into line, Marnie does too! The only downside is the jingle jangle noise it makes while you walk, small price to pay IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belle View Post
    Seems like it worked like a charm?

    Will suggest this to Mum on Sunday night.


    Oh by the way, do you happen to know the costs of the front attach harness?
    That was through petsplus.com.au - I think I can tell you that without violating the forum rules!! Took 3 working days to arrive. I've never seen one in the shops but then, I live in Tassie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetboy View Post
    we had great success using this idea from the dog star daily
    Walking in Balance with TTouch | Dog Star Daily
    Hi all, I have a 1.5yr old labrador, whom is terrible at pulling when on a walk. I have tried so many methods - halti, short lead, choaker chains, harnesses, stop and sit when he pulls.

    The best method so far is stop and sit, but all I think he is learning is that he needs to return to my side when I stop (not learning to not pull!)

    I tried the TTouch this morning, - wow he seemed to slow down, and I didnt have to stop so much. I did combine it with a little tap on the rump, and occasional stops - but a big difference!
    I hope it continues tomorrow!

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    Jonathon

    where did the harnesses you tried clip to the lead? Middle of the dog's back? Or the middle of the dog's chest?

    The ones that attach at the back like your average car harness - will still result in a sled pulling dog. Ie that's the same config they use to hook dogs to sleds.

    You need the front attach one. Put on the right way round - not upside down.

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    I have seen these harnesses they seem to work well.BUT if you take it off? does the dog resort back to pulling?
    Just wondering

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    Hey there,

    we have been using a Halti on our big dog (two year old dane mastiff x) and found it has been effective. He wasn't constantly pulling, but would pull suddenly to stop at a tree or if he spotted something of interest, which was hell on my shoulder joints. It has allowed us to walk him with a slack lead. I have to say I am not a huge fan of Haltis, because they seem to move around and require constant checking to make sure they aren't too close to the dog's eyes and they can be harsh on a dog with a sensitive face. But it has worked in this case for this dog. Important to have it fitted right - our petbarn is happy for us to bring the dog in for anything like that and road test around the shop.

    The shelter we got the big dog from were pretty adamant that if we used a harness for him, it should be a 'harmony harness', a harness that clips the lead on at the front, but I have had a lot of trouble finding one. The traditional harness can just give the dog more ability to pull you along, right? Lots of places have the "Sporn" harness, which I tried on Harry and seemed okay.

    What have you guys found with harnesses? Do you have preferences?

    Cathy.

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    Saxton used to pull he is only 2.5Kgs but he was still pulling and I wanted him to walk beside me.

    I invested in 2 harness both Gentle Leader. First the Head Collar then the normal harness.

    Within 1 minute he knew his pulling days were over. He wasnt a huge fan of the head collar but after a week or so I switched to the normal harness and were now both happy.

    He walks a long side me without fail. He might stray from time to time to sniff something but hey, hes a dog lol


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    Oh and btw the Gentle Leader RRP is $45 - $49 in store

    Jump on eBay and grab one. I got mine for $22 postage included. I think its been the best money I have spent on him

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    My dog doesn't pull nearly as much as she used to, without the harness. So if I forget the harness we're ok but I do need to put it back on from time to time as a refresher.

    A lot of it comes down to "rewarding" her for pulling. If I don't then she doesn't pull or get back into that habit so quickly. But it's an ongoing process for us.

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    Dogs are great walking companions, great personal trainers, and great nags. If you begin walking with your dog, you may soon find his tail is wagging your walking program. They are ready to walk when you are (unlike friends and family), will tow you down the trail, and let you know when it is time to lace up your sneakers.

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