Use of Body Harnesses and Head Halters for Better Leash Control

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Body harnesses are secured with adjustable straps which fasten across the puppy’s chest and over his front legs. If you have a smaller sized dog you may want to consider a harness for him instead of using a collar.

There are many styles of body harnesses to pick from, but most of them have a basic metal D-ring on the strap that runs down the dog’s back into which the leash is clipped. A harness provides a much safer environment than a standard collar when the dog attempts to pull away.

This works by the puppy receiving the tension from the leash instead of all the pull being on the neck area which could result in spinal injury. Puppies in particular are prone to running and dashing about at every opportunity, whether on the leash or not but this will help to control him.

Other Types Of Body Harnesses

There is another style of harness designed specifically to stop your dog or puppy from pulling on the leash. The cords of the harness go down and under the front legs, then back up to where the leash is attached.  When the dog tries to pull,  the cords  press automatically on his armpit area, thereby halting the dog in his attempt to pull away.

Another type of body harness,  designed to deter your puppy from going in the direction he chooses, is known as a “no pull” harness. The ring is located in the center of the chest strap where the leash is fastened to the harness. This simple method lets the leash turn the dog away from the direction he wants to go.  So, if he pulls one way, the dog’s body will be steered in the opposite direction.

 Head Halters -  A Safe Alternative?

There are numerous types of head halters available, all of which are intended to stop your dog pulling on the leash.  Many dog owners prefer the use of head halters instead of the body harness.

All head halters have a strap going around the dog’s muzzle and then a second strap is placed around the neck in a secure position. If the dog pulls away, the halter will make his head turn towards the opposite direction, stopping him in his tracks.

Although head halters work well, there are a few drawbacks.  Firstly, the halter looks very much like a muzzle and strangers may think your dog is not friendly.  Some people may get nervous and glare at the dog, or others may react in a rude manner towards him.

It is often quite a while before a dog begins to feel comfortable wearing a head halter.  This may take between two and three weeks in some cases. Your dog may start to associate going for a walk on the leash as an unpleasant experience if he is really struggling to get used to it.  Walking, of course, should be his most favorite past time, so don’t force him to wear a head halter if you can see it clearly is not working for him.

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