We’ve been taking classes at Columbia Canine Sports Center for years now, and usually have the best time. This particular class session has been different, but it’s no fault of CCSC. It’s the fault of our lovable lug, Ned.
This is his first class at CCSC, and he’s having a great time. Ned loves EVERYONE, and he just assumes everyone loves him right back. Being the social butterfly that he is, for the first two weeks of class he nearly ripped out my arm by pulling on the leash so hard trying to visit all of his buddies in class. From my perspective, this was less than fun.
After two classes of trying to get him to behave (and failing miserably), I started using this at class Tuesday and noticed an immediate difference. He quickly realized pulling wasn’t going to get him anywhere so he…wait for it…stopped pulling! He actually sat and looked at me attentively most of the class.
From the company’s website:
Traditional harnesses can actually encourage dogs to pull harder because of the “opposition reflex.” That’s the reflex that makes sled dogs do what they do. The Easy Walk Harness’ unique front-chest leash attachment stops pulling by tightening slightly across your dog’s chest and shoulder blades. The gentle pressure steers your dog to the side and redirecting his attention back towards you. The Easy Walk Harness never causes coughing, gagging, or choking because the chest strap rests low across the breastbone, not on the delicate tracheal area.
Moral of the story: if you have a leash-puller, you need the Easy Walk Harness. It will save your shoulder and your sanity.