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January 13, 2008


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Call me old-fashioned, call me cruel, call me a control-freak but what about the use of a pinch or choke collar? I understand that many dogs can learn good behavior from consistent training and praise. However, I walk dogs for a living and many people do not train their dogs to walk politely by their sides. I keep a choke and a pinch collar in my work box and use them on dogs that are difficult to control. Please keep in mind that I often am walking multiple dogs and might have two dogs going in two directions or three dogs whose combined weight and strength are more than I can stop unless I actually sit down on the ground to counter their thrusts. I use these collars with great caution. I have been trained in the proper fitting and techniques for use. They can be life savers for the walker as well as the dog. As written in the blog, it can be dangerous for your pet if they can pull you in to traffic or down a slippery slope. I love my job and the dogs I am fortunate enough to work with and I want to ensure their safety at all times.


I've been trying the methods you describe above and they worked great on my female. My male dog is relentless though. He's way too determined to pull. I searched around based on your comments about the neck area.. I found this site and tried one... I cant believe it actually worked. I love this thing.
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I have been using to the stop then start tactic. It has seemed to work on my 8 month old standard poodle puppy.


Excellent tips! I've been using the "change direction" tactic on my two dogs with mixed success - one is learning well but the other is being stubborn.

One word of caution about the Gentle Leader and other such head harnesses - there's an increased risk of neck injury if the dog is forced to change direction suddenly. Personally I feel that they aren't worth it.

An alternative solution is to use a bungee-style leash - it eliminates the shock that can throw a human off balance and gives the walker a chance to brace themself as the leash force increases.

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