When using your no-pull dog harness, many would assume that the harness will just function like a magic vest, stopping pulling dogs from right away. However, the truth is that a pulling dog will still charge ahead when it is excited or stimulated.
Oftentimes we see a dog parent chasing after the dog even though the harness is secured on the dog. The tension on the straightened-up leash tells you how energetic the dog is and also how struggling the owner may feel first hand. Then what is wrong? Is the harness a poorly produced one? Or is it false advertisement? Hardly.
Well, we can't ignore some harnesses do have quality issues. But when it comes to no-pull dog harness, Paw Five means serious business. The sturdiness, effectiveness and ergonomic designs are prized features for us. Yet, dog owners’ cooperation and teamwork are indispensable if we want to bring out the optimal performance of the harness.
Apart from proper adjustments when putting the harness on the dog, where we attach the leash and how we handle the lead make a huge difference between a carefree walk and an intense tug. For a habitual strong puller, we can’t choose any side ring to attach the leash on. Side ring is for dogs that behave themselves and absolutely won’t go after a wayward leaf or passing squirrel. For dogs that do pull a lot, we should definitely attach the leash on to the bigger welded alloy D-ring right in the middle of the harness.
When the harness and the leash are in the right place, we should practice using the harness at home first. Set up some “road blocks”, like toys. If our dogs charge to play with the toy, grab the middle handle first while giving signals like “Halt”/“Wait”/“Stay”. Then award some treats to the dog after it stops. So you can tell the difference now, instead of relying on the harness and the leash to halt the dog, we modify the way the dog reacts first. Also you can notice that the middle handle on the back of harness is the key to stop the charging dog, not the leash.
Sometimes, the dog won’t charge, but drag behind, either they are reluctant to go home or fixated on something intriguing. It’s critical for us owner to remember that we shouldn’t pull when we are standing in front of the dog. Otherwise, you are actually pulling the harness out of the dog. Instead, walk towards the dog and gain control by using the middle handle on the back of harness which is, as aforementioned, the key of a no-pull dog harness.