A No-Pull dog harness is an innovative and efficient tool for loose-leash dog walking, reducing pulling without causing dogs pain or stress. But no-pull dog harnesses are not magic. Use these tips to get the best results.
How Do No-Pull Harnesses Work?
The leash is attached to a clip located at the dog's chest when using a no-pull harness. When a dog reaches the end of the leash and pulls, the harness works to turn the dog's chest sideways. The harness gives physical feedback to the dog but does not cause pain.
1. Use A Harness Specifically Designed to Reduce Pulling
No-pull harnesses are also called front-clip harnesses, which can be confusing. There are quite a few front-clip harnesses that don't do much to reduce pulling. My 2 favorite brands, Freedom No-Pull Harness and Balance Harness, are specifically designed to reduce pulling. If your dog's harness fits well but doesn't turn their chest at least slightly, choose another brand.
2. Make Sure the Harness Fits Correctly
No-pull harnesses come with fitting instructions. Be sure to:
• Measure your dog before ordering.
• Follow the adjustment instructions to ensure a snug but comfortable fit.
• Adjust the fit if the harness stretches out with use. (I check the fit monthly.)
3. Use a Harness in Conjunction with Training
While some people and dogs have success just by using a no-pull harness, the majority of dogs will still be able to pull to some extent while wearing the harness. The harness will save your shoulders from the effects of unexpected lunges, give you a mechanical advantage to help your dog understand that pulling won't work in the long term, and make walks more tolerable during the training process. Bring food on walks and reward your dog for checking in with you and staying close enough to you to avoid leash tension.