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No Pull Harness: Does It Really Work?

No Pull Harness: Does It Really Work?

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A no pull harness is a training tool that may deter your dog from pulling forward because compared to a regular harness, the switched weight distribution will pull them towards you instead.

It’s not a substitute to properly training your dog how to walk on a loose leash. And it shouldn’t be used excessively while your dog continues to pull, as it can negatively impact your dog’s shoulders.

If you’re struggling to teach your dog how to walk on a loose leash, it’s best to work with a qualified dog trainer. They can assess your situation and provide you with support and a tailored training plan.

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How Does A No Pull Harness Work?

A so called no pull harness is also often called a front-attaching dog harness. Because in essence, that’s how they work.

By attaching the leash in the front (around your dog’s chest area) instead of the back, you’re redistributing your dog’s weight when they pull forward.

In simple terms, your dog can’t pull away from you when they pull forward. Because the leash is attached on the front, pulling forward actually pulls your dog towards you instead.

Why A No Pull Harness Might Now Work

Some dogs find it easy to learn how to walk on a leash, but not all dogs are the same.

If your dog is a determined puller, a no pull harness might not be the easy-fix solution that you’re hoping for and it’s not a substitute for teaching your dog how to walk on a loose leash.

In fact, if your dog continues to pull while wearing a no pull harness, or if the harness isn’t fitted correctly, you may end up with health issues due to impacting your dog’s shoulders.

How To Stop A Dog From Pulling

The best solution for excessive pulling is training. And yes, some dogs are stubborn and determined, and you may be training them for a long time before they walk on a loose leash.

But once you successfully taught your dog how to walk on a loose leash, you won’t have to worry about no pull harnesses and similar items anymore.

There’s no single 1 training method that works for every dog, which is why it’s often best to work with a qualified dog trainer if you reached a roadblock.

They can assess your individual dog, provide you with a personalised training plan and offer the support you need while training your dog.

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