Teaching Dogs Not to Pull on Leash (cont.)

Choosing the Right Walking Equipment

While you're teaching your dog not to pull, you should use a four-foot or six-foot leash. Use whichever width and material that feel comfortable to you. Extendable leashes and leashes longer than six feet are great for exercising dogs, but they don't work well if you're trying to teach your dog not to pull on leash.

Suitable Choices

  • Regular buckle or snap collar
  • Martingale collar (also called a limited slip collar or greyhound collar)
  • Head halter/head collar (such as the Halti®, the Gentle Leader® and the Snoot Loop®) Please notethat these are only suitable for Options One and Two. Serious injury could result if they are used with punishment methods using leash jerking.
  • No-pull harness (such as the SENSE-ation®, the Easy Walk® or the LUPI®)

Head halters and no-pull harnesses can decrease pulling enough for you without any additional training. They are effective tools, making walks more pleasant for you and your dog, so some people decide not to train at all. Just keep in mind that if you choose to use them without training, they won't have any effect on pulling when your dog is not wearing the equipment. Dogs learn very specifically. If they learn not to pull while wearing a head halter, they won't automatically know not to pull when they're wearing something else, like a flat collar.

Unsuitable Choices

  • Regular body harness (Actually encourages pulling)
  • Fabric or metal choke/check collar (May be effective for your dog if used under the guidance of a Certified Professional Dog Trainer)
  • A pinch/prong collar (May be effective for your dog if used under the guidance of a Certified Professional Dog Trainer)