We have a 16 month old Golden Retriever that will try to pull you whenever she sees something. Being 59 years old this was a problem for me. We were introduced to a prong collar by another camper. Bought one....man can I control her. This collar works great and I can take her and our two small dachshunds on a walk and control all. By the way....it doesn't hurt her one bit.
Any large breed with a mind or attitude is not going to be trained with a harness.
Garbage. And garbage that you can't control a dog that's jumping around or hyper with one. We used a Sporn harness with our 150 lb bloodhound with excellent results (essentially what Dr. Doug has described). Used correctly they are one of the safest and most effective means of control.
Prong collars can work as well, but like ANY collar if used incorrectly can present a choking hazard as windpipes can be crushed. Also, in breeds like bloodhounds that have huge amounts of neckfolds it's difficult to get proper contact. We had some effectiveness with one but on the advice of our vet switched to the Sporn harness and turned walking the dog back into a pleasurable experience. It all comes down to a combination of the right training with the right equipment.
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We have had large dogs all of our lives. Right now we have a 65lb Old English Sheepdog. There is no way I am going to put any kind of correction collar on her. I use an Easy Walk harness to use for taking her for bike rides(using a Walkydog)with the loop on the top of her back. When just walking her I can put the loop down across her chest. A good corrective pull is all that is needed and I don't have to worry about hurting her throat or neck. When going in crowed places we us a Holt head collar.(basically a dog briddle) I am not young being 61 and this seems to work for me.
We us the Gentle Leader. Works great. Our lab walks easily with it, no pulling.
X2. We have a 4 year old Chocolate Lab and a 2 year old Jack Russell Terrier. The Jack Russell will shy away when she sees it, but enjoys the walk. They know that once you control the head, you have control of the dog. They are recommended by the SPCA.
The first night that we had the Gentle Leaders, we were at Pet Smart and a lady with her daughter shrieked to her daughter "get away from that dog cause it's mean, it has a muzzle on". Before I could, the sales rep said "no ma'am, that's a walking leash. It doesn't restrict air or jaw movement.
While we are out camping, even the JR will easily let us put it on so she can get right out into her "kingdom".
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