... and ended with dislocated shoulders. Sam could barely control him and I had only a prayer.
We invested in a Halti, and while it greatly displeased him, it really didn’t slow him down too much.(Side note: we heard that this can be a great tool for smaller dogs with pulling issues; however, for larger dogs it can actually be dangerous to their necks since they can pull with more force).
"Doh! I don't like this..."
We then got Ed a backpack.While that definitely helped deplete his energy source, it didn’t do much for the pulling...and we only got 15 minutes reprieve.
In my research, I had read different methods and tools – including the prong collar, and I was still unsure about it.As we began talking to trainers, we were getting more and more recommendations for the prong collar.So, we decided to try it out
WOW.What a difference!Ed immediately began walking better.We didn’t have him figeting with it as we tried to walk like the Halti...he didn’t even know it was there!A quick ‘pop’ of the collar and he settled back in beside us.It did take him some time to realize that this was what was expected.The first few walks were filled with corrections, but he’s gotten the hang of the expectations.
"Look Ma, no prong!"
We also invested in a traffic lead from Mud Puppies, like this one.This gives us better control and we have less leash to fight with.
It is important to make sure that your prong collar is properly fitted and that you are using it correctly.We were told that while walking, the collar should lay flat. You should only see a triangle when you are correcting him. This keeps your pooch from getting used to the correction. If you have any questions, you can always ask your trainer (or the trainers in Petsmart/Petco seem to always be super helpful for us, too!).
While he's calmed down quite a bit (thanks to a good ol' fashioned neutering and a 2nd birthday) and is a rockstar on lead, he still has energy to spare. We're looking into getting a dog-powered treadmill,like this one.