Like most dogs, whenever Taylor goes out on her daily walks, she gets so overtly excited that she starts to pull on her leash. Jeremy and I often joke that Taylor likes to take US on walks, but we also understand that this is a behavior that should be corrected.
This past weekend, Jeremy and I purchased the Easy Walk Harness for Taylor (shown below), which is a harness that allows the leash to be attached to the front of the dog instead of on his back. This harness supposedly serves as an aid to help redirect a dog’s urge to pull on his leash. Though this might be a great solution for other dogs, we found this harness pretty cumbersome. And because the leash is attached to the front, Taylor’s little legs became entangled in the leash a few times during our trial run with this new product. She even came close to stumbling onto the sidewalk pavement a couple of times. Sure, she WAS walking by our side most of the time, but both Jeremy and I decided that, given what we observed, it was best to return the harness and go back to square one.
And square one is good, ol’ fashioned training!
I, again, sought out the expertise of Tab, a very talented dog trainer from The Science and Art of Training Dogs in Chicago, Illinios. Below is Part 1 of a two-part series called “How to Teach Your Dog to STOP Pulling”. It appears to be a pretty effective method of training Taylor to NOT walk Mommy ;), and I am happy that positive reinforcement is emphasized. I am very eager to start on this program ASAP. I will let you in on Taylor’s progress in a future post.