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.
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.