Dogs love to go outside and walk, it's exciting and stimulating for them they like to pull. Dogs should be taught how to walk on a leash in an enjoyable way. They should not be jerked, choked or yanked. If your dog starts to pull, you can teach your dog how to walk appropriately.
A harness is good for training. It will take the pressure off the dog, distributing the pressure more evenly around the body. If the dog pulls, the harness will turn his body around rather than allowing him to go forward.
Some dogs need a head collar because they are so strong. Whenever the dog pulls, it automatically brings his head around.
Whenever the dog pulls, immediately stop and stand completely still until the leash relaxes.
When you see that the leash is relaxed proceed with your walk. Be consist do this each time you walk the dog.
You can motivate your dog to walk calmly by your side by giving it a treat.
You can also give your dog a voice command when the dog pulls say “let go” turn away from the dog and walk off in the other direction without jerking on the leash.
A harness is a good alternative to a collar because it eliminates pressure from the dogs neck, preventing possible neck injury.
Allow the dog to wear the harness around the house for short time so that he can get use to it. Make sure you praise the dog and give it treats.
Be sure it is snug enough so that he can't slip out of it. Correct fitting means you can fit two fingers between the dog and the harness. You don't want the harness to be rubbing be sure it fits properly. Only use the harness for taking the dog for a walk and take it off when you come back from the walk. Do not use the harness for running or hiking. Be sure that it is a comfortable fit for your dog.
Do not take the collar off because the identification tags are on it and they are very important.
Check out this video on how to properly measure your dog for a harness.
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