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View Poll Results: Do you use a harness or collar to walk your Golden??
Harness 73 38.22%
Collar 115 60.21%
Other 19 9.95%
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post #41 of 46 (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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post #44 of 46 (permalink) Old 07-03-2016, 09:27 PM
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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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