If you’ve ever walked a dog, chances are you’ve been pulled by a dog too. Now that winter is here, it’s more important than ever to get your dog’s leash walking skills in shape. Familiar with this situation? Dog pulls on the leash in an effort to increase meandering. Human pulls back to increase restriction. This combination of pulling away and pulling back puts pressure on the dog’s collar and he starts to choke & feel very anxious, and more times than not human lands hard on their behind!
In an effort to stay on my feet and more so for the beautiful benefits a cooperative walk can bring to both myself and my furry kids, I’m a big fan of the front clip harness. Most harnesses encourage a sled dog mentality: with the leash clipped across the shoulder, dogs forge ahead when they feel a tug. No-pull harnesses, however, restrain dogs across pressure points, which prevents pulling. It’s magical!
Not only do I suggest them for clients, I’ve got my own personal collection: a red one for Boozle - my little pirate; a pink one for Hootenanny, who is, well, a Hootenanny & our girly girl, and a striking royal blue one for Tally Ho, my 100-pound baby!
Recently, when my schedule blossomed with Daucsies, Bulldogs & Mastiffs, I set out to discover the variation of front clip harnesses on the market to see which ones work best for specific breeds & body types.
After hours of reading and note taking, I struck gold!
A true expert - Meet Samantha Randall from Top Dog Tips! After speaking with me at length, I asked her if she would be so kind as to write a guest blog. Lucky me and lucky you, she said yes!