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    I have a 4 month old SBT pup. We have been walking him on a regular collar and lead since he was about 10weeks old around our small estate with few to no problems up until now. Recently he has gotten a lot bigger and stronger and is straining on his collar whenever he sees another person or dog to the point he chokes himself. He continues pulling even though he is coughing etc. Would a harness be better or would it encourage the pulling? I've read a bit about this and it seems there is a lot of confusing/contradictory info on this. I don't want him to hurt himself.

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    For harness walking I would train him using a stop pull harness for a while, then switch over to a normal harness in the future, if you wanted to, no reasons to really do that though as it's a great walking halter.

    My dog was trained using a stop pull for all of 4 weeks, with maybe a couple times after that, it's best loose leash training tool I have ever come across.

    The Sporn dog halter harness is what I am talking about.
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    Thank you. I had no idea they even made no pull harnesses . I've had a look at the sporn but I've discovered a few others that look good too so I'm off to research.
    Thanks again.

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    I know there are a few people here who had success with various harnesses/halters. You might want to do a search on "harness" and read some old posts.

    It's a good age to start training loose leash walking. I did the "stop dead" method with my dog, which worked quite well for her. But I know some dogs are more determined pullers. To counter the getting overexcited at the sight of another dog or human, I also use the Look at That (LAT) method, on or off leash. It works quite well to make my dog calm down and stop pulling in those situations.

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    I like the front attach harness - the one where you clip the lead onto the dog's chest so when it pulls it ends up facing you thinking WTF? The one I had for Frosty was called the "sensible". It does help as far as reducing the choking goes but you really need to match it with training.

    Best way to teach a dog not to pull is to stop (wrap the lead around a pole if you need extra strength), and take no step forward until the dog is back by your side or the leash is loose again. It may take the dog a while to figure out what he needs to do to start the walk again, but he will get faster at figuring it out. The first few days of this will be a bit tedious but well worth it long term. The important thing is to let your dog have the time to figure it out - without you helping or enticing him. If you want him to remember faster, then maybe a treat or really enthusiastic praise and pat after he does come back to you - and then the step forward by way of reward - may help.

    Do not allow him to greet any dogs or people unless he can hold a calm sit. And you may have to start at quite a distance ie where he first notices the distraction. So he may not get to greet any other dogs or people for a while. And same where you get to where you would normally take the lead off or put it on. Wait for a nice calm sit before you do the lead. Treats may also help here. And allowing enough time for your dog to figure it out. Ie you might need to practice putting the lead on and off when you don't need to go anywhere so it doesn't matter how long it takes. It's also good to do a bit of this practice during off lead time when you're out too.

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    When your dog starts pulling on the lead to get to what he wants you just turn around and walk the other direction to change his state of mind

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    Also, if you use the complete stop method, make sure you allow extra time for your walk, or walk for less. Coz sometimes you can be stopping every step LMAO

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    I used a sporn harness on cleo, they are absolutely amazing i would definately recommend it. There was an instant improvement. Although cleo only ever pulled when we got near her lab friends house :P she liked to touch noses with him. Very cute. Also when we would walk past the vet because they are known as yummy treats!
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    I use a head halti on Harley and its great. Bella has a back clipping harness, but this gives me the best control over her at the moment so I won't worry about changing it.

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    I was going to use the head halter on Cleo but was going to wait till she was fully grown so i didn't have to buy two.
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