Who doesn’t love a easy walk with the dog? Well, to be frank, it’s not the best if the dog is a puller.
Thankfully Luna isn’t one of these and the good news is that with the right tools, a little knowledge and definitely perseverance, you can get on top of your dog’s desire to pull when out walking.
In this article, we will look at the reasons why dogs pull, answer many of the common questions about no-pull dog harnesses, discuss three of the most popular dog harnesses on the market and also empower you to follow a simple procedure that you can follow to get on top of your dog pulling as a responsible dog owner when taking it out for a walk.
Why Does My Dog Always Pull on Walks?
Firstly, let’s understand why your dog is pulling on walks.
Dogs are naturally curious animals and love to explore their surroundings, which can cause them to pull on their leash. However, pulling can also be a sign of excitement, anxiety, or simply not being trained properly.
We must remember that dogs are not naturally used to having a leash/lead on them and being restricted when there is so much fun to be had is completely natural and we should expect this, especially in puppies, younger dogs or dogs that have had little to no dog training.
Whatever the reason may be, it’s important to address the pulling behaviour to make walks enjoyable for both you and your dog. A no pull dog lead is one tool in a process to stop this activity.
What to Use to Walk a Dog that Pulls?
Using a non pull harness is a great solution to walking a dog that pulls. But it will require input from you and it is not a magic wand to banish a dog from pulling.
First of all with a harness, unlike traditional dog collars, which can cause strain on your dog’s neck and throat (hence you may hear the choking if they are pulling), harnesses distribute pressure evenly across your dog’s chest and shoulders, making it more comfortable for them to wear.
So with that in mind, we would also recommend a harness over using a dog collar for almost any dog.
A no-pull dog harness adds extra features to prevent your dog from pulling excessively. This is typically just an attachment hook further up the harness or at the front under the neck so that when your dog pulls, they end up getting span around and standing looking back at you.
The harder they pull, the quicker they turn around. And the quicker you need to react and we’ll cover this later in this article to help you.
Next, we’ll cover the top 3, best no pull harnesses readily available. Take a closer look at these as they all work in a very similar fashion. Any one of the three of them will be a good choice, just pick one with the right size (they all have size charts) and maybe a suitable colour (Luna wants a pink one!).
The move on to the process we outline afterwards. Remember a harness is a tool in part of a corrective process. And with all three of these harnesses, once you and the dog has been trained, you can go to using a normal top mounting position for the lead.
The Top 3 No Pull Dog Harnesses
These are the top 3 no pull dog harnesses available on Amazon.
RabbitGoo No Pull Dog Harness
Available in four sizes, from a chihuahua to a fully grown labrador, this no-pull dog harness has adjustable straps and simply clips on and off.
We like that once you have tackled any pulling by the dog over time, you can switch back to a regular top-mounted hook.
With over 100,000 reviews and reviews like the one below, it’s understandable why so many dog owners have chosen it.
Auroth Tactical Anti-Pull Dog Harness
Again available in four sizes, but this time in 8 different colours (Luna says there is a pink one!).
Similar to the RabitGoo no pull dog harness there is a lower front hook to help with your dog pulling. Then once this has been tackled, you can go back to a traditional top-mounted lead hook position.
Things we liked
- Adjustable straps
- Reflective 3M tape around the harness
- Interesting color and design options
- Simple to follow fitment guide
Eagloo No Pull Dog Harness
With four sizes covering the smallest of dogs to a German Sheppard and multiple colours. This no pull harness has twin mounting clips, one on the top as normal, but a front mounted lower clip for the no-pull feature.
Things we liked
- Adjustable straps
- The straps are covered at the front of the harness (so they don’t fil up with sand easily for example)
- Cheaper of the three no pull harnesses.
How to Stop A Dog Pulling with a No Pull Harness
Let’s keep this really simple, just follow these steps.
Remember to set the expectation bar really low for the first few attempts. I remember with Luna as a puppy, it took us a good 6 or so times out with a harness like this for her to really get the idea of the behaviour we wanted.
- Fill your pocket with yummy dog treats that you know your dog loves
- Find the quietest place you can (ideally as early as possible to remove distractions for your dog)
- Using one of the no-pull harnesses above, attach the lead to the bottom hook
- Look your dog in the eye and say “Good Girl” or “Good boy” and give them one treat
- Start to walk away as normal
Now this is the key part.
The moment the dog starts pull too much in relation to your walking pace because the lead is attached under their chest, the dog will end up being pulled around and most likely end up facing you.
In the beginning, you may have to increase your walking pace to make it a little easier for them to slow down. Remember over time you can reduce your walking pace.
Each time the dog has spun around because they have pulled too much.
- Stop. Look at them, acknowledge that this has happened and stand still.
- A command such as “look at me” for their attention to you, with a reward is perfect for resetting.
- Reset and start to walk as normal again.
- As they are walking, verbally confirm to them that they are being a “good dog”, such as “heel,” to signal to your dog that they should walk next to you.
The key thing here is not to overreact. As they perform the desired activity, in this case walking, reward them with words of praise and slip them the odd treat. This lets them know that this is the behaviour you expect from them and they are being rewarded for it handsomely.
You may just need to just go up and down your driveway for the first few attempts. Remember these key things
- Dogs have short attention spans. Spend not more than 5 minutes training with them in one session
- Do not be stingy with the treats. If you see good behaviour, reward it (positive reinforcement)
- At any time you feel you are getting annoyed. Its time to stop, tomorrow is another day
And the ultimate key here with a no pull dog harness and the process above. “Rinse & Repeat”, Just keep repeating this process, and things will get better.
Your dog is super smart. If they’re being told they are “the best” and getting stuffed with treats for the things you want them to do, they are no daft and will quickly work out what you want them to do.
Frequently Asked Questions About a No Pull Dog Harness
These are the commonly asked questions about no pull dog harnesses answered. If we have missed one, just ask me & Luna at the bottom in the comments section.
Oh and some people know these as “easy walk harness”. These are the same thing.
What Is the Difference Between a Harness and a No Pull Harness?
A harness is a device that wraps around your dog’s chest and shoulders to distribute pressure evenly across their body. On the other hand, a no pull harness includes additional features to prevent your dog from pulling excessively, such as a front-clip attachment that redirects your dog’s attention back to you when they try to pull forward.
Is a Harness Better Than a Collar for a Dog that Pulls?
Yes, a easy walk harness is better than a collar for a dog that pulls. Collars can cause strain on your dog’s neck and throat, and cause them to choke, which can be harmful to their health. Harnesses distribute pressure evenly across your dog’s chest and shoulders, making it more comfortable for them to walk.
What Is the Best Harness to Stop a Dog Pulling?
There are many types of no pull dog harnesses available in the market. We have covered 3 of the best no pull harnesses above.
Are No Pull Harnesses Good for Dogs?
Yes, no pull harnesses are good for dogs. They provide a safer and more comfortable way to walk your dog without the pulling. Not only do they prevent harm to your dog’s neck and throat, but they also make it easier for you to control your dog’s movements. Once they ave learned to walk with less pulling, you can attach the lead/leash to the top of the harness instead.
Are No Pull Harnesses Worth It?
Yes, no pull harnesses are worth it. While they may be more expensive than traditional collars, they provide a safer and more comfortable way to walk your dog without the pulling. They can also help address pulling behavior and make walks more enjoyable for both you and your dog. See the process above for working with a dog that pulls on its lead/leash.
What Should I Look for in a No Pull Harness?
When looking for a no pull dog harness, there are a few things you should consider:
- Size: Make sure you choose a harness that fits your dog properly to ensure comfort and prevent any discomfort or injuries.
- Material: Choose a harness made from high-quality materials that are durable and comfortable for your dog.
- Design: Look for a harness that has a front-clip attachment to help redirect your dog’s attention back to you when they try to pull forward.
- Adjustability: Choose a harness that is adjustable to ensure a secure and comfortable fit for your dog.
- Ease of Use: Choose a harness that is easy to put on and take off your dog, especially if you have a wiggly or anxious dog
How Do I Stop My Dog from Pulling When I Walk?
Using a no pull dog harness is a great first step to stopping your dog from pulling when you walk. However, it’s also important to train your dog to walk on a loose leash. Out tips for this are above to help you.
Do Dogs Prefer Collars or Harnesses?
Dogs have different preferences when it comes to collars and harnesses. Some dogs may prefer collars, while others may prefer harnesses. Ultimately, it’s important to choose a device that is comfortable and secure for your dog. If given a choice, we suspect most dogs would pick a harness, especially for walks.
Does the Julius K9 Stop Pulling?
The Julius K9 is a popular brand of dog harnesses, but it does not specifically stop pulling.
However, it is a high-quality and durable harness that provides a comfortable and secure fit.
Is Julius K9 a No-Pull Harness?
No, the Julius K9 is not a no-pull harness.
It is a traditional harness that wraps around your dog’s chest and shoulders to distribute pressure evenly across its body.
No pull dog harnesses are a great solution to walking a dog that pulls.
They provide a safer and more comfortable way to walk your dog without the pulling, and they can also help address pulling behaviour.
When choosing a no pull dog harness, it’s important to consider factors such as size, material, design, adjustability, and ease of use. With proper training and the right equipment, you can enjoy walking your dog without the frustration of pulling. It just takes time hence the process to help with a dog that pulls above, its very straight forwards dog training.
Stick with it, it does get better! Here is to an easy walk next time!
Matt & Luna
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