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with regards to choke collars they are well named. i have seen the terrible bruising on a shaved neck of a GSD that had one on. they are barbaric.
get a sporn they are very good.
Rosie I am not familiar with a sporn? is that the name I could look it up by? Thanks for any information on these. Just want to do what is best for our Molly.
yes that is their trade name in OZ. i have found them great on pullers while training older dogs.
in all cases was able to have them walking to heel or on a loose lead. most ended up on a soft collar.
patience is the key in a young pup.
good luck Rosie
I use a martingale show lead, it stays up at the top of the neck which gives plenty of control and has a limited
(choke) effect. If your dog is pulling stand still do not move forward until the lead is slack they soon learn the quickest way to get where they want to go is by not pulling you may only move a few feet for a while so you have to be patient. Also they have to be calm before you head out the more excited they are the more they pull, some very yummy treats at your side helps
I really think you missed my point!!!
I do not agree with chokers on pullers, in fact if I have any reason to believe one of my dogs may eventually try to pull for some reason it's either gentle leader or a soft nylon collar. I DO NOT want any of my dogs pulling on a choker!!!
Plus, you may notice that there are two rings in a choker - the normal one makes the choker choke if your dog pulls, but if you strap your leash to both rings, or just the other ring, even if the dog pulls, the lenght around the neck is not diminished. My chokers do exactly the same as a nylon collar, and if the dog is not pulling (my case, fortunatelly) it hangs low on the neck - it's actually very confy for the dog, but I point out again - NEVER in choking mode, and NEVER in a pulling dog - it is a chain, after all!
PS- yes, I have also seen what it can do to a dog, I've actually helped a vet pulling one OUT of a dogs neck once, so I am aware that it is not a tool to be used without a lot of care and in responsible hands!
I know, it's not the most common training method, but I used a Sporn harness, that padded one. It worked just fine. We go jogging together, and I don't want Gina to pull on a collar, when we run, as I fear that it can cause damage to the cervical spine.
Gina is so good now, I have our lead on one finger, and we dont' even notice that we are connected by the lead. But harness or not is a matter of taste, and most people don't believe in it.
I use the Easy Walk harness by Premier.
It is the only thing that has worked very well for us. I can take Cash anywhere with this one and he walks really nicely. I also have used the command firmly "walk nice" since he was little. I stop if he shows any signs of pulling. We don't use our harness when we go to the dog park everyday and he can pull like a freight train to get in the gate and play. I will stop over and over again saying "walk nice" or he doesn't get to go in. I also due to icy walkways, will hold onto his regular nylon collar, on the top, and I force him to walk slowly next to my leg. If he pulls we stop again. I find that just holding his collar next to me with the command already has him creeping along next to me. After months of this he walks like a gentlemen most of the time now with command only. I have been surprised how well this has worked for us. But that harness is a godsend since it goes across the upper front legs so that if they lift up to get some momentum to pull, it stops them and turns them towards you. I recommend it all the time and everyone has success with it. Our puppy class trainer had us all get one.