A Comparison of No-Pull Dog Training Aids

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A Comparison of No-Pull Dog Training Aids
Every dog owner should be offered to have information on how to deal with painful arms after strolling a dog that won't stop yanking! Pulling is a common difficulty that frustrates numerous dog owners because it can be a hard routine to get rid of in your canine. If you wish to save your arm permanently, Deciding on the best dog collar.

No Pull Device Type

How it Works

Pros / Cons

Front Attachment Harnesses Front Attachment Harnesses

When your dog pulls, pressure is applied along his chest and shoulders, which turns him back towards you and makes pulling less productive and rewarding.

Pros: Effective for most dogs. Dogs generally don't mind them. Easy to put on.

Cons: Can cause chaffing if not fitted properly. Both the Freedom Harness and the Halti Harness have padding to prevent that. Dogs can slip out of some of these if not fitted properly or a backup attachment is not used.

Head Collars or Head Halters Head Collars or Head Halters

The leash is attached to the dog's nose. When your dog pulls, it turns his head back toward you similar to the way a horse's halter would. Some head halters attach to the back of the dog's head. In our testing, we found these to be less effective, but some people like that they do not cause the dog's spine to the curve at all.

Pros: Best for very strong pullers and aggressive dogs since it gives you control of the head.

Cons: Takes some training for most dogs to get comfortable wearing. It seems possible that a dog could strain his neck if he were to pull into a headcollar very hard. (We recommend using a 4 - 6-foot leash).

Bungee Leashes, Elastic Leashes, Shock Absorbing Leashes Bungee Leashes, Elastic Leashes, Shock Absorbing Leashes

When dog pulls, the leash expands and reduces the force of the dog on the leash.

Pros: Easy to use. Reduces the force of the dog's pull somewhat. Makes walks more pleasant as it reduces the force on the leash.

Cons: May not teach your dog to stop pulling. Important to choose a leash with the right amount of tension. It can feel difficult to control your dog if you get a bungee with unlimited stretch or until you get used to the way it stretches.

Harnesses that tighten under the front legs or around the belly Harnesses that tighten under the front legs or around the belly

When the dog pulls, a cord or strap tightens around the belly or "armpits" causing discomfort or upward force to discourage pulling.

Pros: Pretty easy to put on and the dog doesn't generally mind wearing them.

Cons: Some dogs can get acclimated to the pressure similar to the way they ignore collar pressure. Training can help prevent this. We prefer harnesses that have a limit to how much they can tighten.

Choke Collar / Check Collar / Training Collar Choke Collar / Check Collar / Training Collar

When the dog pulls, a cord or chain tightens around the dog's neck which is unpleasant and discourages him from pulling.

Pros: Dog doesn't generally mind having it put on.

Cons: Can constrict to a dangerous degree and cause throat damage. Doesn't reduce pulling very effectively.

Limited Slip Collar, Limited Choke Collar or
Martingale Collar Limited Slip Collar, Limited Choke Collar or  Martingale Collar

When the dog pulls, a cord or chain tightens around the dog's neck which is unpleasant and discourages him from pulling. (When fitted properly the collar will not tighten down enough to choke.)

Pros: Dog doesn't generally mind having it put on. Prevents escape due to backing out of the collar when properly fitted. Does not choke when properly fitted.

Cons: Not very effective at reducing pulling in most dogs and puts a lot of pressure on the trachea if the dog pulls. Can be a good regular walking collar for dogs that do not pull or as a back up for a harness.

Pinch Collar or
Prong Collar
(Metal or Plastic) Pinch Collar or Prong Collar  (Metal or Plastic)

When the dog pulls, the points on the collar come together to pinch the skin on the neck causing discomfort and discouraging pulling.

Pros: Dog doesn't generally mind having it put on. Effective at reducing pulling for most dogs.

Cons: Most brands are difficult to take on and off. It can cause irritation to the neck area. It can break apart. Can make sensitive, fearful or aggressive dogs more fearful or aggressive.

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