Jun 30, 2010 - If you have a smaller dog or a dog that pulls on its leash, consider purchasing a full-body harness instead of a standard collar
Dr. Zink practices where my dog goes for orthopedic issues. I wrote to her regarding her study.
She tested the low riding front attach harnesses, like the Easy Walk. These ride low on the dog's chest and come into contact with their forelegs.
I asked about other types that don't come into contact with the dog's forelimbs at all, and she concurred that they'd be safer choices. So "Y" type harnesses, Roman or "H" harnesses with an o-ring in the front, even if they're not marketed as front attach. Some examples that spring to mind would be Surefit, Lupine Roman, etc. Just clip the lead to the front o-ring.
So there's really no need to use pinch collars or choke collars, or thin flat collars (VERY wide flat collars will evenly distribute force). These two collar choices can cause trauma to the dog's skin as well as UNDER the dog's skin, to the musculature and skeleton.
Halters (head collars) shouldn't be used on a dog who will injure themselves on one. In order to be used properly, IMO, they have to A. be carefully conditioned so that the dog knows to go with it instead of against it and B. not be used on a dog, who despite the conditioning, still strains against it as this WILL be caused pain.
IMO, they should function only as negative punishment. They should take the reinforcement out of leash pressure because the dog can't pull forwards. Where the head leads, the body will follow. This is why you can lead huge horses by bit-less halters. But if the dog is straining against the halter, this is unsafe, as well as pain invoking, and not being used as intended. And the dog is better off with training, and as a management device, one of the suggested front attach harnesses.
3. If you have a smaller dog or a dog that pulls on its leash, consider purchasing a full-body harness instead of a standard collar. This will discourage your dog from pulling while ensuring your dog is not injured. Out of instinct alone, small-dog owners will often yank their dogs away from dangerous situations. A normal neck collar can cause severe damage if this happens, whereas a harness won’t be problematic if you need to quickly scoop up little Rover. Harnesses also work well for cats that require some freedom while being safely restrained, for example, in airports or veterinarian clinics.
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The traditional way these chains are used by professional trainers is to give a sharp jerk—strong enough to make the dog stop what it’s doing and do something else. For instance, if the dog starts to sniff and pull on a walk, you quickly brace yourself and give a quick yank in the hopes that the dog feels it enough to stop pulling. My first trainer told us to generate enough strength by actually running full speed in the opposite direction so that my, then 76 pound boxer, would feel a strong enough pop! The next trainer I had taught me to first attach the leash to a fence so that I could practice the technique and get it right before I tried it on the dog. The technique was a lot like karate where you have to twist your hip to get enough power for your body and so that you can get the timing of the correction right. Most trainers do not give owners practice on a fence first. They just let owners make a lot of mistakes on the dog.Make sure you place the collar on the top of your dog’s neck. Many GS owners place the collar on the lower neck and then complain about the collar being poor. The lower neck of a GS is where its shoulders start. This part of its body is very strong, and when you try to stop your GS, it will apply full force and pull you forward.There are available in the market. Choose a leash and collar that is safe for you and your dog. Do not buy a leash that might hurt you or your dog instead of controlling its movements. have been used by many dog owners for years. However, choke chains don’t work too well for strong dogs.