Walking your dog

It’s a simple task, but with some dogs this can be a complicated activity. We already know exercising your dog is important to maintain, but for some owners, this isn't as simple as it is for others. The pulling on the lead, straining your shoulder and testing your strength to pull back seems a feat that will never cease. However, there is hope. Modernised equipment has been developed to make exercising your dog, a walk in the park, literally. But this comes with hard work and persistence in order to discipline your dog in exercise.

Its no lie that getting pulled down the street by your dog is hard work and it often leads to falls, sprains and even joint dislocations when we can’t seem to control our pets. If this is a regular problem for you, try looking into these products for some eased assistance.

Choker chain.

Using a choker chain is often viewed as a cruel force of learning, but it can really work well if put to use in the proper manner. Choker chains encourage a shock to the dog when they pull too hard on the lead. This urges the pup to stop pulling as often because they know they will be punished for it.


Harnesses can often be difficult to use whilst walking your dog, particularly for larger breeds of dogs. Chest harnesses can be a good option for littler breeds as it will give you greater control and strength when they attempt to pull on the lead. However a chest harness on larger breeds such as Labradors, Boarder Collies and German Shepherds will eventuate in you getting pulled more by the strength of their entire body rather than just their neck.

Head Collar.

A head collar can be an excellent solution to this problem, if you can get your dog to adapt to wearing one. With the right approach and persistent encouragement, dogs can become accustomed to wearing a head collar. These work generally by sitting across the nose and are tied up behind the ears. They work well for resistance as dogs tend not to like being pulled back via the nose so they resist the urge to pull in order to stop their owner pulling back. It is important, however, to be mindful of the brand you buy as often the thicker ones can become stiff across the dogs nose and ride up onto the eye area making it uncomfortable and painful for your pet.


A sidewalker is an excellent option as well for training behaviours. These collars sit on the neck of the dog, with a lead that attaches to it. The sidewalk is electronic and can be set to either vibrate or give a slight simulation to the neck when the lead becomes tight from pulling. After time, the dog will soon realise that the simulation is an annoyance and not worth the constant tugging on the lead and so will learn to slow down and walk comfortably close to you. This also acts to calm and settle your dog whilst roaming the neighbourhood if your dog tends to draw attention from other pets.

Training collar.

Remote dog training collars are very effective tools when it comes to training your dog if used appropriately. These collars allow you to use a remote to activate an electric collar around your dogs neck. These collars have a range of simulation levels that shock your dog when they are misbehaving and pulling on the lead when walking. It is ideal to find the lowest simulation point that gets your dogs attention and forces them to alter their behaviour.

These can also be very useful for dogs who dig holes, bark consistently or misbehave in any other way.

These products are all great training tools, but it is important to remember not every option works for everyone. Do some research and get some professional advice before you purchase some equipment, and once you do, be sure to play around with it and find what you think works best and how. Soon enough you will see a transformation in your dog during exercise and this simple task of walking your dog will be of greater comfort and pleasure without the excessive pulling and dragging.

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