Do you have a good recommendation of one that works?Some do, some don't. But, like every other no-pull product out there, it really is just a tool to help you teach LLW. I'm having great success with a head halter, and it look like I should be able to begin the phasing-out stage fairly soon.
Hm, I can't really say that I do, simply because I've never really used them. The ones recommended at the school I work at are the EasyWalk harnesses (Tada!) but I personally don't have any experience using them.Do you have a good recommendation of one that works?
It gives you the option to apply gentle pressure to redirect your dog's attention towards you. Then proceed with clicking and treating (or however you reward) for her being in the correct position (wherever you decide you want that to be). Once you've had a long stretch of no-pulling on the head harness, try attaching it to her collar (but keep the harness on). If she pulls, clip it back to her harness, and keep it on for a while before you try again.Ill definitely continue to work with her.
So the head halter has the same concept? Help training her to stop pulling?
I am glad the Freedom is working for your mastiff mix, I can't say it really stopped my mastiff at 11 months old from pulling, he could easily pull right through it. I also didn't like the way the girth strap, even though it is covered in velvet, rubbed under his armpits. I ended up having to use it with a head collar (Dogmatic), but even with both that didn't stop the pulling, but I did help me manage him better so that at least I was a bit more confident that I could just about control him when walking. Things didn't improve until I worked on increasing his connection/attraction to me through "pushing". Within two weeks of starting that he was a different dog. He was over four years old before we had the breakthrough, he now walks nicely on a wide 2" Blocky Dogs Dual Grip collar which I highly recommend for BIG dogs.The best harness we've tried is the Freedom Harness. We bought ours off Amazon.com. It comes in a variety of colours, and I like there is a soft velour strap underneath the armpits that eliminates chafing. I personally really don't like head halters...I've heard of dogs who have had neck injuries due to whiplash from using it.
I'm hoping to phase the harness out eventually and just use a regular flat collar. Right now, our adolescent is still too excited by other dogs, geese, new places etc and etc. He is 11 months now...targeting 2 years. Here's to goals!
Our boy is super strong (mastiff mix) so the harness helps a lot when he catches me off guard and pulls towards a dog. But one should still practice loose leash walking when using it.
No. No-pull leashes might work at first, mostly because they're just bothering the dog and feel strange to them but eventually the dog will get used to it and the pulling will reappear. The only thing to do is to train loose leash walking.
I use a halti for the exact same reasons. It definitely makes it harder for them to pull but they can still pull. I thought OP was more so wondering if no-pulls create a perfect heel and I don't think they do.I don't think this is always true. I do use one on Freyja because she is very strong and I have back problems. She walks great most of the time but she is young and will pull at times. While she can still pull this lessens it. I also use on for Vegas, he normally walks well too. But I can't take the chance of being pulled and he is dog reactive, I think because he has been attacked a few times by smaller dogs. Vegas has used one on and off for a couple of years. I do agree that it is no substitute for training, but it can aid you while training. It is true that it will not work for all dogs.
I use a halti for the exact same reasons. It definitely makes it harder for them to pull but they can still pull. I thought OP was more so wondering if no-pulls create a perfect heel and I don't think they do.