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Friday, March 07, 2008

Wanted: Dogs that don't pull on leash

Labrador Retrievers with Prong Collars
I have a 9 month old female lab by the name of Gracie. She is adorable,and full of energy. I walk her 3 times a day,but she is a real puller. She yanks the arm off me. She loves to be out and about,and goes crazy in the snow. The minute I mention walk,she runs and gets her leash and heads for the door all the way dragging me along. I've tried those halti straps around the face,but she hates it to no end. I'm trying so hard to keep her by my side,but she is literally gasping for air,because its like I'm choking her, and I feel bad. She is so good otherwise, comes when I call her off the leash, but its just when I take her for a walk, she pulls and wants to jump on everyone passing by, and I'm finding it hard to restrain her. Any suggestions.

You are not alone Mary! So many dog owners experience the same problem with walks and there are ways to correct any "pulling your arm off" action.

It seems that you took the first steps to correcting the behavior on your own by trying all the non-evasive collars and restraints. Now I would like you to think about using a prong collar as part of your leash training. No, prong collars are not as bad as people think; if used properly. Both Dakota and Cheyenne have been using prong collars since they have been about a year old each and it is the only thing that stops them from dragging this little 5'5" 140lbs woman down the block.

To help other dog owners understand the prong collar better, I have written an article on Prong Collars & Lab Training. This article introduces you to prong collars, the types of collars, when prong collars should be used, who should use them, and the correct use of a prong collar. Please read the article completely before going out and buying one because it is important to understand the prong collars as part of your pup's normal training routine and feel comfortable with it.

The prong collar is not only a wonderful training tool but it also decreases damage to the windpipes caused by extensive pulling with normal collars. Believe it or not, most people that have used the prong collars have been able to train the dogs so well using them that over time they no longer need to use them and that's what we all want in the long run: a happy and obedient Lab that doesn't pull no matter what collar is being used.

Good luck and feel free to email me with any further questions about the prong collars.

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Blogger Wendy said...

Hey Shannon - my older dog did this same thing and we use the prong collar on him but for Duke I've found the Gentle Leader harness works great. With this harness you attach the leash at the chest of the dog so when they pull it forces them sideways as well as the harness tightens around their torso. It only takes a couple tugs for the dog to realize it's more struggle than it's worth, and I know for Duke he just stops pulling. I've found them at all the local big name pet stores...

March 07, 2008 12:40 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Wendy - that is exactly it! Each dog reacts well to different training collars. The prong collar is used as a last resort and now Cheyenne doesnt need anything but a regular collar when walking. Dakota, on the other hand, still pulls like a queen without a prong. LOL

March 15, 2008 6:19 AM  

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