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Old 01-24-2016, 11:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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What do you walk your dog with? Collar/Harness/Choke/Prong

I have had my rescue pit mix for about 3 months now. He is about 18 months. He's very calm and easy going in our home. We love him!

He has some basic commands down, but I have a hard time with walking him. He pulls, and gets overly excited when he sees another dog. He will pull and cry. I usually walk him with my other dog who is very calm and easy going. She rarely pulls. I was hoping over time he would notice that's how your supposed to walk. He's a good medium size 53lbs, but he is strong.

I have used a regular nylon collar, basic harness, easy walk harness, choker and the prong. By far the prong collar keeps him most under control.

However I would prefer not to use the prong as it leaves red marks on his neck. He has really thin hair on his neck. I feel like it makes him look "mean" which I don't like.

Anyone have any suggestions for collars and such?

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Old 01-25-2016, 12:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Have yoh tried or considered a head harness that goes around their snout. It immediately redirects their attention when they pull. Here is a link on
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
 

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Michaela can pull like a freight train; so we went to obedience classes and worked a LOT on 'watch me' while heeling (she was treated/rewarded for making eye contact with me rather than focusing on the dog behind or in front of her). She can't pull if she's looking at me...
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How are you using the prong?
You should try using a flat buckle collar and leash and then above that the prong and another leash. Use the prong as correction only. This way when he starts pulling, it's not against the prong, it's against the flat buckle collar and you can pop the prong leash to correct the pulling.
This is how I initially trained Ecko. In time he no longer needed the prong Now a leash correction with the flat buckle is all he needs.
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How are you using the prong?

You should try using a flat buckle collar and leash and then above that the prong and another leash. Use the prong as correction only. This way when he starts pulling, it's not against the prong, it's against the flat buckle collar and you can pop the prong leash to correct the pulling.

This is how I initially trained Ecko. In time he no longer needed the prong Now a leash correction with the flat buckle is all he needs.

For my pullers that needed the prong, this is what I did too and found it to work great.



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How are you using the prong?
You should try using a flat buckle collar and leash and then above that the prong and another leash. Use the prong as correction only. This way when he starts pulling, it's not against the prong, it's against the flat buckle collar and you can pop the prong leash to correct the pulling.
This is how I initially trained Ecko. In time he no longer needed the prong Now a leash correction with the flat buckle is all he needs.
This sounds like a great idea. Sounds a little confusing with the the two leashes though. I will have to get a flat buckle collar and then walk him by himself without my other dog. I could use the extra exercise.

I have the prong fitted correctly, up high under his ears and jaw. I had the prong collar years ago and used it with my lab mix who was tough to walk. I had no idea I was using it wrong back then. After deciding to try it with my rescue Bert, I watched a video of how to use it. What a difference.

Thanks for the suggestion.
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I walk him with the Easy Walk harness now. It clips in the front of his chest. He does pretty well and I feel like I have more control.

I was never able to get him to walk well with a collar and I didn't feel comfortable with the prong.
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Thanks for a response! Mine does nothing but sniff the ground- takes me an hour to walk around the block, he just sniffs and sniffs. Glad it is working out for you! With seeing another dog, Loki used to whine and pull to play, but every time a dog would go by I would have him sit down, distract him, and give him a treat. I don't know if he grew out of it, or this method worked, but he is way less reactive now and most of the time ignores another dog. The neighbor was walking a lab across the street and the lab was howling and rearing on it's hind legs. Loki just stopped, looked, and kept on going. Same if people are walking close by with dogs- he just sniffs, then moves on. I'd try the sit/treat method. Makes my life so much easier. He however now has a habit of jumping on people (not jumping, but standing up on hind legs for attention and trying to paw). He is a total sweetheart, but the habit is unacceptable.
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