Dear Dog Owners,
Please be careful about the advice you receive and take, just because you see something on tv or in the newspaper does not make it true! Question EVERYTHING! Do some research! Even on the things I post here! Have an opinion and dont agree with what I posted? Awesome! Please write me a message and let me know! Because I LOVE to learn, even if I wont use the technique myself I still want to learn! There is more than one way to fish! (Sorry I couldn’t use the cat saying) Just because my way is different than your way doesn’t make either way bad! Ive learned this over the past year, and just because 1 thing works for 1 dog doesn’t mean it works for all dogs!
Take Daine and Teddy for example: Daine is a hardcore, no holds bared, husky strength puller! Teddy is an occasional puller who has a harder time focusing on walks. With Daine the only thing that has helped her not pull so hard she literally chokes herself is the prong collar which you can read about here. Whenever she sees her prong collar she gets excited and dances around. And then you have Teddy who is an occasional puller, at first I walked him on a prong collar but I quickly realized it wasn’t good for his personality type, you see Teddy is too shy, he’s already skittish with just his normal collar and he has a tendency to belly up whenever he thinks I’m upset, so the prong collar wasn’t a good fit for him. Instead he wears a martingale thats two inches wide and that seems to have helped with his pulling, all I have to do is give the leash a tiny tug and tell him to stop pulling.
Why am I writing this? Because today as I saw someone give some pretty bad training advice, but because this person writes for a ‘public’ media he will no doubt be taken for granted that he is correct. And it got me thinking about how many people in the ‘public’ eye have their word taken as 100% truth with no questions asked just because they said it? I dont ever want to be one of those people, I dont ever want to be someone who thinks everyone should believe everything they say, or that wont let themselves be questioned without freaking out. So please feel free to question, to open a dialogue!
This brings me to what the bad advice was, the person in question wrote that harnesses are good for dogs that pull and let me tell you that is wrong, do you know why sled dogs wear harnesses? Because it makes them PULL HARDER! I’m talking about a straight up back clipping harness, they really aren’t good for pullers.
Now a front harness or a double clipping harness can be helpful in teaching your dog not to pull, but you still have to be careful with those because they can be fitted poorly and cause injury to your dog. I’m personally not a fan of head halters at all because they can fail so easily, but they are also pretty good at teaching a dog not to pull.A dog that pulls should never wear a chain collar or a collar with a plastic buckle, and you should try using a wider collar on your dog, it displaces the pull weight more evenly across the neck to prevent choking.
Do your research, Read some blogs, Read some articles, Test out some of the tools of the trade Because harnesses, prong collars, haltis, all of those things are just TOOLS, its up to you to train the dog, and they can either be used for good to make the dog better, or they can make things worse, its all in how you use them….