Cookie's transition to civilization includes learning how to walk on the leash. She doesn't quite understand that flying in the air at the end of it does not qualify.
The very first thing we did was the exchange her collar for a harness, to keep he neck safe. We fit her in Jasmine's shoulder harness the first day we got Cookie.
Shoulder harness does it's job to protect the neck but doesn't do anything for walking nicely on the leash.
While we keep working on Cookie's training, there is nothing with cheating a little bit and getting some extra help. I looked at all the products they have for there very thoroughly.
I don't feel comfortable with any of the halti type of products, for the same reason we immediately stopped using the collar. I didn't feel it was safe for the neck.
Jasmine's chiropractor does not like these products for the same reason. And she would know, wouldn't she?
Plus one of the Rottie's we were considering for adoption was fitted with one and it didn't make a lick of a difference in her pulling power as far as I could tell.
There is one such product Jasmine's chiropractor likes and recommends, because it works differently. When pressure is applied, it pulls the dog's head downward, toward their chest. We tried it for JD. It works very well, except a) JD hates it and b) it keeps falling off the nose when he does walk nicely.
Then there is the question how well it would stand up to a squirrel sighting.
Then there is a range of no-pull harnesses, most of which hook up at the chest.
Paranoid as I am, I was concerned that this might pose a potential injury threat too, if the dog gets turned around too violently.
Because Cookie's shoulder harness did have a ring at the front, at the advise of my dog trainer friend, I tried hooking up the leash there to see what would happen.
It did, indeed, make the walk easier on me.
So it seemed that the idea is working. But because that harness wasn't really meant to be used this way, I felt that trying out one that is actually designed to be hooked at the front might bring better results.
I decided to try the Easy Walk Harness.
I have to say that it does put the easy back into walking. For some reason, Cookie seems to be aware of it and it diminishes her attempts to pull. (Not sure how exactly that bit works, but, somehow, it does). Combined with some training work, I think this is the right idea.
Not that it stops Cookie from trying to leap after a squirrel.
But even then, the overall pull I have to contend with seems less, somehow and my shoulders can remain in their sockets.
There are couple things about it I'm not completely pleased with, such as the way the leash is flailing about when Cookie IS walking nicely. This doesn't happen when she's in the heel position and I hold the leash just right but when I let her loose a bit to sniff things the leash gets a life on its own.
I'm also not completely happy with the way it fits the body.
I feel it must be annoying as hell but Cookie doesn't really seem to mind.
Overall, I think this is a great tool and it certainly helps make the leash walks more pleasant, at least for me. It also makes the training work easier.
It is easy to put on once adjusted to the right size. That bit, at least with Cookie, did require two people.
Disclaimer: I did not get compensated or asked to review this product.
From The End Of A Lead Line To Casa Jasmine: Meet Cookie, Our New Adoptee
And So It Begins Again(?) Our First Health-Related Heart Attack With Cookie
I Didn't Know I Could Fly: Why Cookie Wears A Harness Instead Of A Collar
C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Chews For Dogs CAN Be A Choking Hazzard
Our First Health-Related Heart Attack With Cookie: The Knee Or The Foot?
Creative Solutions And An Incidental Product Review
Too Young For Pot: Cookie's Snack With A Side Of Hydrogen Peroxide
Taming Of The Wild Beast: Cookie's Transition To Civilization
Staying On Top Of The Ears: Cookie Is Not Impressed
Cookie's Ears Are Still Not Happy
The Threat Of The Bulge Is Always Lurking