So you got a 45 lb. sled dog full of energy. Pitbull type breeds have been bred for pulling and they will pull loads of over 4000 lbs. Just look up dog pulling contest on youtube and you'll see what I'm talking about. The funny thing is that these extra wide collars should really be worn by dogs with ultra-sensitive necks and not much strength. I have one like that on my whippets so that when they run into a Flexi-Leash at 35 mph they don't break their necks. In your case I would recommend a head halter (Gentle Leader or Halti) if you can find a professional trainer who will help you fit it and teach your dog how to walk in it. The other option is a front-pull harness, Premier is a good brand, where the leash is attached to a D-ring on the dog's chest. When the dog pulls the harness will limit the range of motion of the front legs thereby forcing the dog to slow down. Both these options are kind to the dog if properly used and adjusted. Both ca be found at good pet stores (not the box-store type like Petco) or online. In the meantime, a moderately narrow collar, maybe 3/4 inch would already make things easier. Also, using a very short leash, usually referred to as a city leash or traffic leash (2-3 foot long) is easier to hold in one hand while running.
Well she is a 45 lb mix (shep, pit bull??) from the shelter, very active and she does run around somewhat so I think it is just excitement for her but not sure. I use a wide 2 1/2" collar and put the leash (6ft) around my waist and she can almost pull me (145lbs) so I think she is a strong girl.Thanks so much for the help!!
Yes, there is lots. I'm just helping a client with that issue today. How to do it depends on the size of the dog, whether the dog gets exercise off leash at another time, how strong you are compared to the dog, how much pulling (in lbs. or ounces on the leash you are willing to accept). The general rule is the the gentler you want the collar to be on the dog's neck the wider it should be. The gentler you want the leash to be on your hands the wider it should be. A narrow collar or head halter will give you more pulling power and/or leverage. So let's start with the size and weight of your dog and the reason your dog is pulling in your opinion: not very pain-sensitive, trying to catch squirrels or visit with other dogs (sudden jerks), trying to mark at every corner, dog starving for exercise, dog hyperactive, give me some more info. You can also sent me a spark-mail but if we can go over it here more people could benefit from the info. Birgit
Sheryl, don't discount the fun your dog is having "just" walking. Most dogs love to be outside because of all the sights and smells, running is secondary to that. Also they love to be with their pack, and that is you. So PLEAAASE take her, she'll still love it, just in a different way. You can use a flexi-leash to let her have a little more room to run when your in low-traffic areas. Cheers, Birgit
When I was running I took my dog some of the time, she LOVES it!! But she is much faster than me so I only take her when I want to push it so to speak. Now that I am just walking it is no fun for her so I leave her home and she is so sad. Poor Goal-D.
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I've got 9 of them and have tried running with 6 of them (the rest are too small or old). Some are great running companions. They can be off-leash and will stay reasonably close when I run cross-country. Some are a real pain to run with because they stop for longer, dig holes, do their own thing etc., and then there is my Beagle, who will attach her nose to the ground and take off. I have two dogs that will run well with me when on leash but they are not having much fun that way so I'll rarely do it. I make a point to only take dogs when I'm doing easy training runs (which is most of my runs), not when I time my run. I also sometimes run with my horse. She likes it better than when she has to carry me. :)
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