Helpful Walking Equipment

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Leashes

Regular leashes (nylon or leather)

  • Usually 3 or 6 feet long
  • Maximum control, especially in crowded areas
  • Work well with no-pull harnesses or head collars

Training leads

  • Available in various lengths (10 to 50 foot)
  • Ideal for training, tracking, and activities in unfenced areas
  • Allow for roaming, but still provide quick control

Retractable leashes

  • Provide only little to no control
  • Greater potential of injuries to dog and owner
  • Teach the dog that it is “okay” to pull 
  • Not recommended for concurrent use with no-pull walking equipment 
  • Please do not use retractable leashes in the veterinary hospital or any given situation where you need control.

All suggested products come with detailed instructions. Please, read them carefully, and always follow the tips to get your dog accustomed to wearing the product (especially important for head collars).

Freedom Harness: to read more about this product we carry: http://www.ahna.net/no-pull-harness-now-available

Easy Walk Harness   

                                

Newtrix Dog Halter

Sensation Harness  

Snoot Loop

Gentle Leader  

We do not recommend the use of choke chains and prong collars, since they inflict physical discomfort and pain. Apart from having the potential to cause serious injury (damage to ocular blood vessels, tracheal damage, neck/spinal injuries, transient foreleg paralysis), choke chains and prong collars are based on the effects of punishment. To read more about why we do not recommend aversive methods: http://www.ahna.net/blog/alternatives-choke-chains-prong-collars-and-other-aversive-methods

We believe that training utilizing positive reinforcement techniques is not only safer for your dog (and you), but also leads to better training results and a deeper bond between you and your pet. Consult your veterinarian if your dog has spinal or neck injuries before using a head halter. Proper fitting is essential for collars, harnesses and halters.

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