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View Poll Results: Do you use a harness or collar to walk your Golden??
Harness 67 36.61%
Collar 112 61.20%
Other 19 10.38%
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:06 PM
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I use choke collars on mine if we walk on a leash. I'm very particular about training my dogs not to pull even slightly, ever, so there is no choking involved. I use the sound of the choke collar as a tool for correcting while walking. If the dog starts to get focused on something other than me/walking correctly, I yank it just enough to make sound and regain focus.
This was also the method used at the guide dog academy. I have no clue if it's socially acceptable? Never had anyone comment on it.

Edit: ok, I just found the training collar thread and realized this post should have been there. Oh well.

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Old 01-03-2013, 03:46 PM
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We tried a number of standard collars and a Halti.

Billy couldn't adjust to the Halti at all and was choking himself in normal collars. Since we tried a harness (we use two types) he's like a different dog.

He no longer pulls like he did when wearing a collar and is generally more relaxed (and so am I!) when he's walking in his harness.

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