Are there training disadvantages for using a harness vs. a normal collar/leash?

Our puppy pulls a lot while walking. Im wondering if it’s the actual gentle but firm pulling of the collar/leash that will teach her to keep in line not just while walking, but in our ability to establish a level of control over her in general. Harnesses are designed to stop your dog from pulling, but arent you…

Harness actually encourage pulling, not stop it. This is just my opinion, but I don’t think you need a harness for a puppy.

A harness is a bad idea. They don’t stop pulling, they create pulling. Think about it, sled dogs and other working dogs use harnesses to pull things. Your puppy will just learn to pull you around. Plus, with a collar the control is closer to the head and you gain more control. Some breeds of dogs need to use harnesses though, like some small breeds that can have throat issues or breathing problems. If you have a larger breed dog, definately go with the collar. There are a few harnesses that are meant to stop pulling, and I have one. Its called the Holt Harness, I think. It stops my large dog from pulling, but I still lose control over him b/c I can’t steer him around properly. From all my experience with a pulling dog, a collar works better.

Harnesses are MADE FOR PULLING!!! I can’t say this enough. People wonder why their dogs pull while wearing a harness, but look at how it is made. It displaces the pressure across the dog’s chest evenly so pulling will be easier, and less painful.
You want to invest in a Halti head lead. They make pulling virtually impossible, and are the most gentle way to teach your puppy not to pull.
After reading the instructions, and fitting the head lead properly, you will need to get your dog used to the head leader. She will probably fight it and hate it at first, but keep her walking by your side, and feeding her yummy treats while praising her for being calm with it on.
Once you have her used to it, you want to make sure to only allow enough slack in the lead so there isn’t any pressure on her muzzle from the lead. This will force her to walk in the proper heel position. If she tries to walk ahead, since you have a firm grip on the lead,the halti will turn her head, and halt her advance. When it does, you say OOPS, and put her back into the heel position. Wait a few beats, then continue to walk forward. When she is heeling properly, treat her, and praise her.
She will get the idea real quick, and learn that heeling properly is much nicer.

I’ve used remote collars for over 20 years. Remote collars are an effective tool in the right hands. This is why you need to learn how to use this device under the guidance of a good e-collar trainer. Too many people think that all is needed is to put the collar on the dog and shock him. You don’t want to do this. The dog has to have an understanding of the rules of the collar. Plus shocking a dog that is in aggression mode can make it more aggressive therefore making the aggression worse. Using a collar of big tough dogs doesn’t mean that they need to have the collar set on sizzle either. On tough dogs, the higher that the collar is turned up the more amped they get. Pretty soon they ignore the collar correction. So now you’ve caused an even bigger harder to fix issue. So think carefully about your decision. Find a good trainer to help you.

when he is pulling you thats a doinant behavior thinking the pack leader should walk ahead of his pack and as far as the pulling, do away with the harness, it puts him in the position to pull. use the collar its the best way to go, when he pulls correct him.
hope this helps

collars do MUCH more damage than a harness or for that matter a gentle leader or halti. personally I train using a gentle leader. they dislike at first but with training and time they accept it and are perfect. i have also been able to control a male while in heat females are around by use of the gentle leader.

Yes there are trainging techniques that you can use, lucky for you, i am a dog trainer. Learn here

Have you ever heard of the “leave it” command. It is veryimportant your dog learns this. To teach it to your dog, start with something you use as a treat. Put it on the floor infront of your dog. When your dog lunges for it, but your hand over it and say “leave it” really strenly, so your dog gets the message. Do this a few times until your dog gets the idea. When your dog has performed this well, gove him the OK and let him have the treat with you okey dokey command, which could be anything to tell him he canhave the treat.

Then move up a level. Put the treat in your hand and hold it near your dogs nose, finger pointing up. If your dog tries to snatch it, say “leave it” When your dog’s nose points in another direction ither than the treat, you’ve been succesful. Now take it to the next and final level…. the dinner table. sit at the table and enjoy a meal. When your dog begins to beg, enforce the leave it command. if your dog doesn’t leave, tell your dog to lay down somewhere in the room far away.

I understand if you like having your dogs with you while you eat so the location of you dog while training is essential. Keep you dog as far away as possible. If you see your dog sneaking over to your table, make eyecontact and enforce the leave it command. If your dog gets up, it isn’t obeying, now you need to stand up and make eyecontact. This tells your dog you’re ready to do whatever it takes to keep him away from YOUR food. ALWAYS make eyecontact while your eating and your dog is laying down. Make frequent eye contact so your dog can’t sneak up to the table with out you knowing. I’ve done this with many people, and it works even for the worst of beggars. This training may take time, but have perserverence ok? And NEVER feed the dog at the table. It encourages begging.

harnesses actually ENCOURAGE pulling. The weight is more evenly distrubted on the harness. When the dog pulls, he wont injure himself on a harness.. but he will still pull.

We used this for our first two dogs. They were adults when we got them, and weren’t quite strong enough to stop them from first. It saved our lives.…

It’s a specific no pull harness that tightens around the front quarters when the dog does pull, and makes the dog slow down.

I rather use the harness,

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