Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: East of the Rockies, West of the Rest
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Ranger pulled like an out of control train when I got him a year ago. I used a choke chain then upped it to a pinch collar for a few weeks as he had NO sensation around his neck. After about 3 months, I subsided the aids and dropped from the pinch back to the choke chain and now he can walk in a martingale collar just fine. NO buckle collars for this guy since he can pull out of them in a snap. In fact, even the martingale worries me since it can only tighten so far...I'm sure he'd be able to get out of it if he tried. I stick primarily to the choke chain for our walks and he never pulls anymore (even if he sees a bunny).
I tried walking him in a harness a few times and he quickly realized he could pull backwards out of it (and many other harnesses). Which is why I don't feel comfortable with him wearing them, even though it'd be great for when we hike or rollerblade.
Edited to add: Tippykayak - exactly how I feel...