For many pup parents with excitable dogs, going for a daily walk is less of a relaxing and enjoyable experience and more of a tug-of-war battle! So what can you do if you find yourself struggling with an enthusiastic leash-lunger who pulls relentlessly on walks?
Well firstly, understand you’re not alone. And although sometimes it can feel frustrating (and perhaps a smidge embarrassing, especially with all the judgemental looks) know that there are steps you can take to transform your tug-of-war walks to much more controlled, relaxed strolls.
In this blog we’re going to share some information regarding the types of dog harnesses that are best for dogs that pull. We’ll also explore how a training harness can help you manage that excited energy and why it’s vital both for your pup’s ongoing training and their comfort too.
Let’s dive in.
So you have an excited dog that pulls and lunges on the end of their leash, super excited to get to the park or beach? Don’t worry; this is a common issue for many pet parents and is a behaviour that can be down to a variety of factors.
Your dog may pull because:
And while this sign of enthusiasm may be cute when your dog is a puppy or when you first start taking them out on walks, it can quickly become frustrating - and even dangerous.
For example, if your dog’s harness or collar is not well fitted, your dog may be at risk of pulling so hard that they slip free. This can be especially dangerous if they run towards traffic or other hazards.
Also, if you attach your dog’s leash to their collar and they’re continuously pulling, this can put additional strain on their neck and throat. This can, in turn, potentially cause further health issues in later life.
And lastly, the amount of energy and concentration you have to put into managing your dog’s constant pulling can overall result in a highly unenjoyable and stressful walking experience.
So…what’s the solution?
If you’re unfamiliar with this term or have never seen a no-pull dog harness, these harnesses have been specifically designed to help curb pull behaviours and to help pup parents train their dog out of this habit. (You can see why it’s often suggested as a solution for dogs that pull!)
Unlike your everyday collars that put pressure on a dog's neck when they pull, a no-pull harness is designed in such a way that it distributes pressure evenly across the dog's chest and shoulders.
The result? You have greater control over your dog, your dog is more comfortable and there is a reduced risk of injury with a no-pull harness.
If you’re looking to train your dog in loose leash walking, we’d recommend checking out our blog on How to Redirect a Dog, which may be especially helpful if you have a dog that pulls.
Also, check out our other blog on How to Prevent Your Dog From Pulling on a No-Pull Harness here too.
Not to toot our own horn, but we believe that one of the best options in the market for dogs that pull is our very own 4Pooch Control Harness, with our specially designed connector lead that prevents the straps from twisting.
This harness is designed to help train your dog to walk politely to heel, while ensuring their safety and comfort.
But that’s not all…
While the 4Pooch Control Harness Connector Lead is a fantastic option, it's essential to choose the right harness for your dog's specific needs. Factors to consider include your dog's size, breed, and any existing health issues. Additionally, consult with your veterinarian or a professional dog trainer for guidance on selecting the most suitable harness for your pup.
If your dog is currently a leash lunger, there are solutions available to you. You don’t have to endure stressful walks any more, as a no-pull dog harness can be an essential tool to help you nurture better behaved, calmer walks.
The 4Pooch Control Harness in particular is an invaluable piece of equipment for managing an excited dog that pulls on walks, promoting better behaviour, safety, and comfort.
Remember, consistent training and positive reinforcement are vital to helping your dog adjust to their new harness and walking routine. With patience and the right equipment, you can transform those frustrating walks into enjoyable bonding experiences with your canine companion.
So, don't wait any longer—invest in a no-pull harness like the 4Pooch Control Harness, and say goodbye to the tug-of-war battles during your walks. Your dog will thank you for it, and you'll both benefit from more pleasant and stress-free outings together