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Hey everyone! Just wondered if anyone has every used a haltie when walking their dog on the lead? I'm having a few problem with Tia on the lead, she pulls so bad when she see's someone/something she wants to go say hello to and she's so strong! I just want to gain a little control in these situations and have been recommended to invest in a haltie. Thanks, Michelle x
 

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I myself had used a halter on my german sheppard (120lbs) and it worked fine for him but I don't believe it will work for Josie(AB 90lbs) different mindset and body strength. Josie does the same thing when out at the park. I guess I'm going to have to try a pinch collar, that was suggested to me but I just wasn't crazy about trying it. They look painful and I'm sure that they are, I'm just not sure what else to use. A regular choke collar just aint getting it.
 

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Thanks for your reply! I'm not sure what i'm going to do yet. It's good to know that i'm not the only one who (in the eyes of other people) can't control my dog! :roll: Good luck with Josie :)
 

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I think ambulldogpup (Kim) uses a haltie on her AB. They are very effective, but you have to get your dog used to them first, which sometimes takes a while. I tried one on Odie, and he managed to slip out of it too many times that I switched to a prong collar. He'd buck all over the place and flip over on his back and paw at the thing. But again, if you can get your dog used to them they work excellent.
 

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I use halti's on my dogs I love them. A halti is not like a harness it goes around there muzzle and gives you head control. I use them on my dogs from a young age so they are use to them, older dogs seem to fight having something on there face at first.
 

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Josie's Proud Mom said:
I guess I'm going to have to try a pinch collar, that was suggested to me but I just wasn't crazy about trying it. They look painful and I'm sure that they are, I'm just not sure what else to use. A regular choke collar just aint getting it.
Put the Prong/Pinch collar on your leg and give it a tug, it will hurt less then the choke collar, I tried it. I think there is Absolutely nothing wrong with prong collars.

As for the Halties/Gentle Leaders, they will work for some dogs, but some are just too strong, it will do nothing but cause injuries to their back and neck.
 

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I'm using a G/L on Storm at the moment and it's greatly improved her pulling. She didn't like it the 1st day but then took to it.

The trainer she's booked into to see uses prong collars so I expect to see one then.
 

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I've heard that no-pull/anti-pll harnesses are pretty effective. They work kind of like a halti, but they fit like a reagular harness - around the body not the head/neck. The only difference is that the lead is attached infront of the dogs chest. So when they pull, they get turned around.

If you want to use a collar instead of a harness, I would suggest the prong instead of a regular choke chain. The chokes can cause major damage to your dogs throat if they pull lot. I used to use a regular choke chain with my dal (before I knew of other options) and he would Choke on it with his pulling in the beggining - to the point of gaging and coughing. It was MUCH for effective if I would position it right below his head at the top of his neck. This would prevent him from pulling by easing his head back a bit when he would pull. Sure, it ment having to readjust it everytime we would stop or slow down, but after a while of wearing it like this, he didn't pull anymore, so it became a moot point. I think this is how they are ment to be worn, but alot of people place them much lower on the neck which make them ineffective and much more dangerous. JMO.
 

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I use the halties on both of my AB's. They don't mind it at all and it gives enough control that my children can walk them easily. I started them on at about 8 months old.
Some come with a DVD which shows how to properly adjust them. I found this very helpful, because the fit makes all the difference.
 

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Thanks for all your advice everyone!

Tinkerbell said:
I've heard that no-pull/anti-pll harnesses are pretty effective. They work kind of like a halti, but they fit like a reagular harness - around the body not the head/neck. The only difference is that the lead is attached infront of the dogs chest. So when they pull, they get turned around.
I've seen the no-pull harnesses in my local pet store, one of the staff there said that it would probably be a better option for Tia than a halti as she's not too keen on things on her face! I think i'm going to invest in one when I get payed at the end of the month. I'll let you all know how we get on :D
 

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Just to up-date you all.....I bought Tia a Stop-pull harness today as I was in a situation last night when she saw a dog she wanted to go and say hello to and she almost pulled me over :shock:

This is what I got....
http://www.woofnwhiskers.com/produc...History~cat~strKeywords~~SearchFor~~PT~49.asp

I've taken her out with it on today and WOW...... what an improvement already! She didn't pull much at all :D I think it will take her a while to get used to it though, she was walking rather slowly and kept having a shake every now and then but hopefully it wont take her too long. It was great being able to walk her without feeling nervous (which i'm ashamed to say I have been very nervous the last couple of weeks :oops: ) I felt totally relaxed today and even better...... I felt in control :D I hope this harness continues to work.....fingers crossed!
 
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