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Old 05-31-2018, 01:32 PM
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2 solutions: halti collar and long lead walks

I have a couple of suggestions to make walking your Lab a little easier. One, get a halti collar. I have a Husky that pulls and this has made a huge difference. However, I think you need to find a way to let your dog get some good running time in, to get rid of pent-up energy. Maybe get a long lead (20 ft) and take him to areas where he can move freely, especially while he's doing his business. Also, consider taking him for bicycle rides with a bicycle-dog walker attachment for a couple of miles at least a few times a week. I'm sure he will begin to enjoy a slower paced walk with you after that.
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Old 05-31-2018, 03:54 PM
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We go to the dog park when we can (usually a few days a week) and he runs like crazy there. He has a never ending reserve of energy- that's what makes him a wonderful trail dog when we go backpacking. He doesn't try to pull my arm off on the trail! Only on regular walks.
We would be an absolute disaster on a bike. May try a head halter.
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The halti collars and gentle leads can definitely help, but some dogs can't stand them and frantically try to take them off and paw at them literally nonstop. Like my last dog and my current dog, who both destroyed two each and absolutely hated them.

No pull harnesses that clip in the front on the chest work fine and my dog's were and are much happier.

To whoever said that horses can't pull on halters that fasten around their heads, lol! I've owned and trained horses for well over twenty years and thousand pound animals don't even feel a leather halter. That's why old school trainers used chains on sensitive areas like under the horses' chins or over their noses for control in dangerous situations. And now so called natural horse trainers use rough knotted ropes which are just as painful and over the same sensitive areas of nose and chin with lots of nerve endings. Or metal bits to ride in.

The key is to train whatever animal not to pull and to respond to verbal cues with light little loose pressure.
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