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The Best Dog Harnesses to Stop Pulling - How to Make Walking Your Dog Easier

dogs pet products training Jun 23, 2022

Subjects: best dog harnesses to stop pulling - how to make walking your dog easier - stop dog pulling on leash - no pull dog harness - no pull harnesses

Selecting a harness for your dog is a very important part of your leash training! It can aid in making walks easier until your dog is fully trained not to pull at all.

I find that many people buy harnesses that clip on the back and wonder why their dog's pulling got worse after starting to use the harness. The answer: the opposition reflex.

When something pushes against your chest, you're inclined to lean forward, right? It is the same for your dog. They find comfort in leaning into it, which can make them pull harder!

Head Halters are another option, but they take a long acclimation period to get your dog accustomed to wearing one, and there are so many different kinds out there - that's a blog post all of it's own!

The quickest option you have to reduce the pressure of pulling right away is a front-clip harness.

By clipping the leash in front of your dog, you are not at all activating the opposition reflex. Instead, it acts as a re-direct; when your dog pulls, the leash "turns" your dog to one side or the other.

Fortunately, many trainers are recommending these types of harnesses to their clients; I have for years! They really do work! Read on to see the one that's been around a while, that I find works best!

The PetSafe Easy Walk Dog Harness is a front-clip harness that discourages pulling. It works by turning the dog around when they assert forward pressure. However, this only works when fitted properly. Please note that the different-colored part of the harness goes on the underside of your dog.

From my experience, the Easy Walk harness works for most dog body types, though there were a couple doggy clients I had that it didn't work out for. If you are looking into getting a harness, this is the one I recommend you try first!

 

Some dogs are such determined pullers or harness-escape-artists that I also recommend using a coupler. A coupler is an O-ring with two short straps that have lobster clasps on the ends. I recommend my clients clip their dog's leash to the O-ring, one end to their dog's collar, and the other to the harness. This way, there is still something attached to your dog, should they ever slip out of their harness or collar! (The Easy Walk fits fairly well, and I can't recall a time when a clients' dog has slipped out of one, but use a coupler just to be on the safe side...)

They have short couplers and long couplers out there, but I recommend this simple short one (choose the length according to your dog's size).

The longer ones are great for walking dogs in tandem (together).

I hope you found this article helpful! Happy walking and I wish you the best! ~ Heather Smith, ABCDT

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