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I'm having trouble with both Doppler and Virga pulling when they're going for walks. Doppler doesn't pull too bad. I think I just need to reinforce proper walking with him again. But Virga pulls so hard she chokes herself. Does anybody have any suggestions on whether using a head collar like Gentle Leader or Halti, a regular training collar, or halters would be better for my dogs? I hate to hear and see Virga choking herself and Doppler is so big he could pull me off my feet if he really wanted to. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

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Ella pulls a lot as well and chokes herself with a normal collar so I had the Gentle Leader head collar for her and it worked really well. Ella always would stop to try and paw it off her face or rub her face on the ground though so we ended up switching, but she walked really really well when she wasn't trying to get it off her face. I would recommend that because it did work really well, Ella just wouldn't get use to it being on her.

Now we use the sporn mesh no pull harness and it just doesn't work as well, she still pulls just not as much. I haven't tried the easy walk harness but that is probably what I'll use next when the sporn harness wears out.

I got mine at Petsmart and they told me if it didn't work or if my dog didn't like it I could just bring it back and get something else. Might as well try one for a few weeks and then you can always bring it back and try something else.
 

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We have the opposite problem with Charlotte. We end up pulling her through the walk. She is crazy stubburn about stoping to smell and she does this annoying thing where she digs in and stays put if she wants to meet a dog or person she sees outside. She thinks every living soul is required to stop and give her love. She will even lay down in the middle of the sidewalk to wait (hence her nickname of speedbump). We have to pull her up and drag her away.
We've been using ipuppy mesh harness which I feel gives me good control of her but I noticed last week it was irratating her underarms so we are using her regular collar until that clears up.
 

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Now we use the sporn mesh no pull harness and it just doesn't work as well, she still pulls just not as much
IF you are using the pads simply remove them It will make the sporn more effective.


I an not a real gentle leader/halti fan unless you need control of the head. The pontential for neck injury is to great imho but they can be very effective. On thing is they general require a bit of training with the dog to make putting them on and off easier and eliminate the pawing mentioned above,

A Case for GLs

The Problems With Head Halters
 

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Another head halter option is the Canny Collar. It works a little differently from the Gentle Leader and the Halti, which apply pressure under the chin and can cause neck injuries. The Canny Collar applies pressure on the muzzle and behind the head. The leash attaches behind the dogs ears.

Just like with any training tool, it is only a tool. It must be used with training to achieve desired results.

The Canny Collar - The Best Collar to Stop Dogs Pulling on the Leash
 

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We had no luck with the front-clip harnesses, which are supposed to reduce pulling and be better for walking, but we have had success with a standard back-clip harness. Fergus has gotten better, but we use the harness for areas where he'll run into other dogs. we use this one:
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