How to use a harness to stop a dog from pulling
A harness is a great alternative to using a collar because it takes pressure off the dog’s neck. It also gives you better control because the dog can’t slip out. However, for a dog who pulls, a harness with a back clip can make pulling easier. This harness allows them to use their body mass to pull more efficiently. Look how when I pull on my 15 lb. dog, she does not budge because she is using leverage against me. What if she was 100 lbs.? This harness is a great tool, but unless your dog already walks nicely, you will have to train your dog not to pull.
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How to chose the right collar or harness for your dog?
According to the Journal of the American Hospital Association, the pressure generated from the collar, actually, raises pressure on the dog’s eyes. PETA advises against using a regular buckle collar for walks because pulling on your dog, jerking on your dog or if your dog lunges, can cause a lot of pain on their trachea, the spinal cord, the vertebral discs and the esophagus. Buckle collars are best for keeping ID tags or other owner information on them. It is recommended to use a harness on your dog instead unless you walk your dog off leash.
According to Dr. Sophia Yin harness that hooks up on the back “help train your dog to ignore you and pull you because when you pull on the leash to try to gain some control, they direct the dog’s attention away from you.” I strongly recommend a harness as an alternative to a collar, however, a back clipping harness should be used on dogs who already know how to walk nicely on a loose leash. A front clip harness gives you more control of your dog’s movements. A harness gives you a lot more control over your dog and it is less painful for your pup.