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View Poll Results: Do you use a harness or collar to walk your Golden??
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post #41 of 57 (permalink) 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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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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I'm just reviving this thread as I could do with some advice please pup will be 13 weeks on Tuesday. This was th first weekend we were able to take him walking and he did amazingly well. In true golden style, he had to say hello to anyone walking past! In order to get to people, he would really pull resulting in his choking himself and sometimes coughing like he was about to be sick. In cases where we know there will be a lot of people, are we better off using a harness? Iv tried to avoid these as iv read they can cause dogs to pull, but I'd hate to be doing more damage to his throat by using a collar and lead. Where no one is around and when we are practicing in the garden, he walks loose lead really well.

Any advice please ?

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In my opinion while your dog is still so young use what is best and works. Don't sweat it if it makes it easier for you and your pup.

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We started using the Easy Walk harness with Bailey at the recommendation of our trainer. She will walk around the backyard all day on a regular collar like she has some sense, but you take her out to the street and that tail goes about as fast as she does. The leash attaches to the front and also has a martingale type loop on the chest so it tightens rather than pulls. Instant control. This way I can walk her for exercise with control, the more she is exercised, the better she does with training. The goal eventually is loose leash walking on regular collar and off leash walking as well. But for now, with a near 6 month old with a lot of energy, this is what works for us.


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Parker pulled a lot on his collar that we had to look for other options. It got really bad that I started to dread walking him. Went looking for a harness in petsmart and an associate there recommended the Easy Walk harness that has a front buckle instead of on the back. The leash would clip in the front and when you tug on the leash he would turn to the side instead of the back and look up at me. This worked great and put an end to his pulling from day 1. Now we don't do walks without a harness. Parker is 6 months and easily excited by every little thing/person/dog buddy he encounters. Since using a harness i feel so much more in control of him! At some point we'd like him to be able to walk with just a collar but probably not until he's atleast 1 and calmer.
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Lease and nylon web collar. But, if she goes swimming, we remove and dry the collar when we get home. A wet collar can start a hot spot on their neck.
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The harness was designed for pulling and is way too easy for a dog to back out of. A well fitted buckle collar works fine for me and much easier to put on.
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I use a Halti harness and as a safety backup, it is attached to her collar. We had tried several other harnesses as Luna pulls like crazy but they had leads which, either hung from her muzzle or chest & she would chew it.

I found a leash (Patento Pet) which is anti chew (chili taste) which hooks to the ring on her back & one on her chest. Within 10 minutes of using the harness, she pulled less.
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Our neighbouring city has recently introduced a bylaw that requires all dogs over 40 lbs. to wear either a halti-type head halter or a harness when out in public. There have been three very serious pit-bull attacks in the last year (one woman killed, two children disfigured), and the harness requirement is part of the fallout from that.

We occasionally go into the city for agility trials and have to comply with this requirement when taking the dog to and from the car. In any case it's probably going to be included in forthcoming provincial legislation to address the problem of dangerous dogs. Don't get me started on the wisdom (or lack of it) behind this particular measure. The fact is that it's the law and we have to comply. Duster simply doesn't tolerate a head halter - he goes ballistic if we put one on him. So we bought a harness. Surprisingly, not only is it effective at preventing pulling, but he also tolerates it really well - seems to like it, in fact. Who knew.


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