THE EAGER PUP
Some dogs have a tendency to walk faster than you or use their body weight to pull you in a certain direction they want to go. It is important to know that nothing is wrong with these dogs! Although, some people will engage in professional dog training or DIY training to correct the issue. Dog Owners are taught to either change direction or stop walking once their dog starts to pull. However, I see this as a potentially harmful method of training IF you are not using the correct equipment…
You should always use a dog walking harness instead of a leash when walking your dog! Especially when you are training your dog not to pull. The harness fits around the chest of the dog instead of the neck. This minimizes the risk of neck injury and tracheal collapse. It will also eliminate the occurrence of your dog choking from the collar. You know, that awful gagging sound your dog makes when the collar obstructs their air flow…
The harness will only take you a few more seconds to put on; and your dog will thank you for the extra comfort and safety! They typically range from $15-$25 and are made by a variety of companies.
I hope you make the right decision to buy, or switch to, a harness in the future!