Pulling is another of the problem behaviors that owners experience on a regular basis. Here are a few modern examples of tools available to correct this annoying and sometimes dangerous problem:
Head Halters are by far the easiest and most effective way to fix a pulling problem. It is based on the same fundamental principle that horse trainers have used for thousands of years – if you control the head of the animal, you will control the body. However, it does take some dogs time (a week and sometimes longer) to get use to wearing them. So patience and proper conditioning are key here! The halter is designed to apply soft pressure to the bridge of the dog‘s nose and encourage compliance naturally. It keeps a dog from pulling, because it is self-correcting. By controlling forward movement through redirecting the head, it eliminates pulling with very little effort.
No-Pull Body Harness’s are another great tool. They are designed to discourage the opposition reflex, which is the instinct that encourages sled dogs to pull against pressure on their chest. The harness allows a dog to walk in a straight line without twisting or straining, while discouraging pulling by tightening gently around the chest. A ring on the front of the chest lets owners steer the dog and redirect his/her attention. In most cases, an optional two-connection leash allows the owner to connect the front and back of the harness simultaneously increasing its effectiveness.
Prong Collars and similar types of pain inducing devises are not recommended by most trainers anymore, because of the negative association it can create during an untimely correction. They should never be used with dogs with