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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    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.
    Hyacinth - yeah it is the car harness type. So I'm assuming the front clip harness would make him turn when pulling?? therefore being annoyed and potentially stop?

    I have continued with the TTouch approach, which seems to be going well so far. Its funny I think he is well behaved with new techniques, then starts to pull soon after....

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    thanks for the great info, guys......

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    I have the same problem with my kelpie, it's so annoying. She's always been bad with the lead but is starting to improve now at 15 months. She's fantastic off lead, she's quite happy to stay 5m ahead, just not 1m it seems.

    I find it has more to do with eagerness than anything; if she thinks we are going somewhere like the park she's bad, but coming home or on unfamiliar streets she walks perfectly and behaves well. She knows the rules, she's just too excited about going for a W A L K to care. I've noticed a lot of focused, high energy dogs tend to be at the end of their leads.

    Methods that might help
    I've used the method of stopping when the lead goes tight, step back a pace and restarting when dog comes to heel again and she's learned it and will respond every time, but I find she just keeps pulling, and coming to heel, and pulling, and coming to heel, etc etc etc and it's a long painful walk. (I still use this method if the lead goes tight however)

    Blocking is another unofficial method I'm seeing great results with. The Idea is to walk on the sidewalk with your dog between you and the fence/wall, keep the lead short and walk close to the wall. The moment the dog tries to pass you give it a verbal command (I use 'behind') and at the same time put your flat palm in the dog's face to block him/her, or use your leg to gently block/shove. Instead of your hand a long stick or ball thrower will give you more reach and the same effect - block your dog. (have been using this for about 2 months. Have seen much improvement)

    Another is of course treats (usually food but this can work with a ball), but I find my kelpie will not respond to treats at all if she's more interested in something else - like going to the park to play.. The idea here is simple, get a tasty treat, hold it up close to your body. Your dog - if interested - will naturally try to keep pace with you to keep an eye on the treat. Combine with verbal a command and reward with the treat.

    Good luck! please if anybody knows any more tricks please share, I can't wait to try them.

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    great idea with blocking bombadda - I might give it a try.

    I recently purchased a gentle leader harness (clip in the front/chest) - and it is the best method so far!
    Big thing I noticed is my shoulder doesnt hurt so much - he still pulls, but not to the same extent.

    There is one thing I have noticed with Jackson - he seems well behaved, but pulls harder as the walk progresses (15mins), then if we keep walking, he eventually gets tired and slows down.
    That could be a good tip - get someone else to tire him/her out first, then joyfully go for a nice stoll, without pulling! any offers to take mine??

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    ok, just went for another unsuccessful walk - I'm at the point were I do not enjoy going for a walk as the constant pulling is tiresome (shoulder aches too!)

    It seems every method is excellent - for a week or two, then he ignores the discomfort and pulls again!

    Does desexing help???????

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    If you are wanting a harness to stop the pulling ,you can't go past a "Sporn" harness.

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    ps. Desexing won't stop the dog pulling. What you have is a leadership issue and training issue , meaning the dog's in charge on both counts by the sounds of it.

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    we are using the sporn mesh harness and its been a help. Not perfect but another tool. Anyway- I would recommend it.

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    I will vouch for the sporn harness...good stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonathon View Post
    ok, just went for another unsuccessful walk - I'm at the point were I do not enjoy going for a walk as the constant pulling is tiresome (shoulder aches too!)

    It seems every method is excellent - for a week or two, then he ignores the discomfort and pulls again!

    Does desexing help???????
    Your dog needs to be trained.It takes about 30 mins or less to get a dog to stop pulling.Persistance and the right training aid.Dont dilly dally with a harness use a tool which will correct the dog properly so it doesnt pull.Its the owners fault the dog pulls not the dogs...
    And no desexing doesnt help ,,actually doesnt help much at all

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