Features October 2012 Issue

No-Pull Dog Harness Product Review

It’s difficult to hold your own against any dog whose pulling has helped him reach something he wants (especially if he’s as strong as this dog). These harnesses return the advantage to you; use it wisely!

No-Pull Dog Harness Product Review

These products harness your power, and are best used to help teach your dog not to pull.

Once upon a time, a harness was the last thing you wanted to use for a dog who pulled, because they were designed to make pulling comfortable. By distributing pressure evenly across the chest they removed pressure from the throat, where damage could be done to a dog’s trachea – sometimes even to the point of tracheal collapse. Harnesses are better for the dog from a health perspective, but from a training viewpoint, a standard harness actually encourages pulling. There’s a reason sled dogs wear harnesses! Head halters were introduced in the late 1990s as a gentle control tool. While they did, indeed, work well to control a dog’s head (and where the head goes, the body follows), some trainers noticed that a significant number of dogs found head halters to be fairly aversive, requiring, in many cases, extensive conditioning to convince the dog to accept them.

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