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Old 11-01-2007, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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Sorry for the newbie questions:

Is this really not going to hurt the dog?

Aspen Pet Mighty Link Chain Training Collars at PETCO

I have been trying to walk my new baby (1 years old) but it appears that he has never been leash trained. He ends up pulling me and the rest of my family members (respectively - not at the same time).

I have tried changing directions 180 degrees to dissuade the pulling but he still struggles to pull on the collar. He was catching my drift towards the end of the walk when I kept on changing directions (but the 1st half was a struggle - and he's only 15 lbs).

I am trying to find obedience classes but many won't convene until after the holidays (Jan 2008). I cannot wait that long.
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:46 PM
 
Location: charlotte, nc
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no it wont hurt the dog as long as you let the collar do the corrections vs with a normal collar corrections need to be made directly by the human. Many police dogs are trained with these collars and all it really is doing is mimicking the pinching that their parent would do. The problem arises when people start abusing the collar by pulling hard at the dog to correct it.
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I found this link on how to fit and use one.

http://www.leerburg.com/pdf/fitprong.pdf
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Florida
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walk the other way
u look like a crazy person for a few days and your walks will consist of little distance, but it gets the point across
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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walk the other way
u look like a crazy person for a few days and your walks will consist of little distance, but it gets the point across
I only started the 180 reverse towards the 3/4 mile mark. It started to work towards the end.
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Old 11-01-2007, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Jax
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I've always used a regular choke collar for leash training until I had to train my pit-lab mix (the Alpha female mentioned in other posts).

She is incredibly strong and loaded with energy, she was very hard to leash train. We finally graduated to a pinch collar like the one you bought.

The pinch collar did the trick and I don't know what we would have done without it. We only used it for a while (a few months) and then we were able to go back to a regular choke collar.

They look far worse than they feel (yes, we tried it out on our arms before putting it on her).

If the regular choke collar doesn't work, then I'd try the pinch, but I'd say try the choke collar first .
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I only started the 180 reverse towards the 3/4 mile mark. It started to work towards the end.
this always worked for us.
I would only look at the dog and talk to him if he was not pulling. I don't really care about a heel. It took us a week or so and cody never pulls, unless he knows we are out for running purposes.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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Try the gentle leader. Ive walked my Staff on it and it works great. Cheaper option too. THe first 5 mins was a fight, then everything was a delight. Well, till he ate it that was :S
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Try the gentle leader. Ive walked my Staff on it and it works great. Cheaper option too. THe first 5 mins was a fight, then everything was a delight. Well, till he ate it that was :S
ahahahah HE ATE IT!

Gentle leaders are great!
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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Yeah he did. He was left alone on the front porch and decided to eat what he could while there. Mainly card board boxes, but the leader too!
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