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Old 06-11-2008, 02:29 PM   #1
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I am wondering what I need to get Tyson. He enjoys pulling me all over the place, and I need SOMETHING to help me hold him back. I need to know whether to get him a choke collar, or a harness? I am thinking a choke collar will help me better, but then again, maybe the harness would be better? And that is why I am asking you guys. Can you give me suggestions? I plan going to Wal*mart sometime soon so I can get them new tags since I lost Lady's collar, and our phone number has changed and while I am doing that, I am going to get Lady a harness. But, Tyson is the biggest concern.
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Old 06-11-2008, 02:39 PM   #2
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I would try the Easy Harness or Gentle Leader. A regular harness (that hooks on the top) will not help with the pulling and the choke collar, wellll....I'm sure you'll get some responses on that one. I'm not a big fan of them myself and they can be dangerous if not used correctly. You really need to know what you're doing. I've found both the Easy Harness and Gentle Leader to be quite effective. You can find them at most any pet supply store. Here are some links:

Easy Walker:
http://www.puplife.com/Shop/Control/...id/0/SFV/32255

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http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...utm_source=cse

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Old 06-11-2008, 02:39 PM   #3
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Iíve seen a particular harness which seems to be quite effective. It has a fastener for the leash on the front so that the dog cannot pull without losing his balance and leverage, so it is useful as behavior corrective:
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I agree with Cassidy. My dog was a puller and I used the Gentle Leader with great success. Some dogs will need a more gradual introduction of it but mine took to it almost instantly. A neighbor of mine has begun using the Easy Harness also and is very happy with the results she is achieving.
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i agree with the gentle leader
choke coller didnt work with max but the gentle leader has made a difference
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Hmm. Is there a way I can get it at WalMart? Because the closest Petsmart near is 1 1/2 hours away.
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I have had such success Gentle Leader. I tried both the harness and choke collar, but both had very little effect. The Gentle Leader has made her such a great dog to walk, I enjoy walking her alot more
I think I have seen them at Wal-Mart, you could try calling and see if they carry it. If not you could order online?

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What I use on my male dogs when out and about is the Monks of New Skete's tiny nylon choke. No spikes just a little black nylon choke that sits up off the trachea and not on the throat at all.

You give very quick pup ups and release quickly as well. Works great in training my working line Shepherds. You do not pop back but up and let go. I ordered mine online at dogsbestfriend.com and a lead came along with it for like all of $15.00. Lasts forever for me.
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I would use either a halti or easy harness. When using a halti it is safer for the dog to use a double lead or connector. Without them the dog can damage its neck if it whips its head around.
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Under no circumstances would I personally ever use a choke ... they are evil devices and don't work. The more you pull, the more the dog will pull, so all that happens with a choke is that the poor dog will do just that ... choke! I have a husky/mal cross, a rescue, whom we have had about 12 weeks now. He pulled like an express train, but within a couple of weeks I had him walking calmly to heel. I used nothing to help me at all apart from an ordinary leather collar, a lead and my voice. Every time he walked ahead of me, I would give a fairly firm pull on the lead and say "heel". Within a couple of days, I could just use a Cesar-style "ah ah", or "tsst", and he would remember and fall back. Now he walks calmly to heel whether on or off the lead.

I personally am not a fan of gadgets, mainly because I have an appalling memory and can never remember 1) where I have put them or 2) to take them with me on a walk ! I personally would be tempted to try training Tyson without having to buy expensive gadgets to start with, although I have heard amongst my friends with northern breeds who are very prone to pull for obvious reasons that the Gentle Leader is excellent. I always prefer to try and do things naturally if at all possible.

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