Leash for Large dogs

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Sea_Ashley:  If you are going to have it tied around your waist and your dog is a puller and not completely trained yet, I would stay away from that. You could get seriously injured.

Our Saint Bernard doesn’t pull, and he isn’t full size yet, but I don’t think I’d even get one with him becuase you just never know what could set a dog off, even one that is well trained. Other people, dogs, squirrels, etc are all triggers for an animal and when they want it, they will go get it.

I would do a regular leash or we have a harness.

Post # 4
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I don’t have any tips for a leash, but what about a harness? My dog (a goldendoodle) is only about 40 lbs., so admittedly much smaller, but she also pulls like crazy when we just attach her leash to her collar. We use the Easy Walk Harness and it’s basically solved the problem – she can’t pull at all when it’s on. 

Post # 5
19 posts
  • Wedding: March 2005

@Sea_Ashley:  I have a Labernese and she’s about 70lbs. She LOVED to pull that is until we threw a body harness on her that leashes in the front of her chest. As soon as she pulled to get ahead it turned her around. She eventually got annoyed with being turned around from going ahead too much and gave up pulling.


Post # 6
1287 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Sea_Ashley:  For our bigger dogs, we have resorted to a ‘gentle lead’ – pictured below – in regards to the pulling issue.  It ties around their head/nose, while leaving them lots of room to pant, etc, and so when they pull, it pulls down on their nose causing them to ease up!  It has always worked. 


I will warn you though, a lot of people ask us – on walks – if it is a muzzle!!  And is she aggressive?!  To me, it looks NOTHING like a muzzle, but maybe since there are straps around the nose it can be conceived as one.  Regardless, we say no and no, and they quickly learn when her tail is wagging and she licking their hands that we were right!

Post # 7
526 posts
Busy bee

if you have a working breed harnesses usually don’t work, because they are BRED to pull carts and things in a harness. (you’ve seen those dogs basically on their hind legs as their owners hold the leash pulling them back right?)  gentle leaders didn’t work for any of my dogs either so we use prong collars. 

 We can walk down the sidewalk normally and not be pulled by our 120lb lab mix.  They are NOT painful (I’ve tried it on, they are NOT inhumane, but an effective way to let your dog know what isn’t acceptable, if he pulls, the prongs tighten.  we don’t make ‘corrections’ where we pull the prongs tighter like we learned in our dog training classes, but that collar has been a godsend.

Post # 8
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Sea_Ashley:  How long have you been using the Gentle Leader and how are you using it?  Most people do not use a Gentle Leader properly. The leash should always be slack and should be a light weight leash, and if the dog pulls you put tension on the leash up and back to direct them into a sit.  Once they sit, you let the leash go slack again and continue walking.

Most harnesses where the leash attaches at the back actually encourage pulling.  The Easy Walk harness is different because it attaches at the front, as PP mentioned if the pull it turns them around.  If you do not feel the Gentle Leader is stopping the pulling you could try the Easy Walk.

Post # 9
697 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would keep it up with the Gentle Leader, and not try anything that goes around your waist until your dog doesn’t pull anymore, at all. Even if your pup doesn’t pull most of the time, with 85 pounds of strength all it would take is one juicy-looking squirrel for you to be swept off your feet. At least if you’re holding the leash in your hand and she pulls, only your arm is likely to be jerked in her direction – not the case if it’s around your waist. Leash training is hard! But I’d stick it out for the time being, especially since you’ll be in a new environment where everything smells oh-so-interesting to your doggie.

Post # 10
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yeah, I would recommend not using a waist leash for a dog that pulls excessively.

If you want to explore a harness, try the Freedom No Pull Harness with the double ended Training Leash. It has made walks a lot easier. It has two points of contact, with a hook on the chest and on the back, and when you use the double ended training leash (which is shorter than average), you are able to better control pulling dogs. It’s well worth the money! 

Post # 11
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Only training will fix this – not a type of leash. We just did a leash class with our labrador, and it worked wonders – good luck!

Post # 12
47 posts

I have a choke collar for my big dog.  I hate the way it looks, but it is the only way that I can walk her without being pulled over.

Post # 14
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Sea_Ashley:  You could always just use one end and attach it to just the front or back. We do that sometimes!

Post # 15
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@nber0815:  +1 for the Easy Walk!  I have a 120lb mastiff mix and a 65lb boxer mix.  I walk them on a split leash and with the easy walks they don’t pull much at all.  Sometimes they get excited and will tug a little, but I can control the nearly 200lbs of dog with those harnesses!  

@Sea_Ashley:  I agree with other posters, with a big dog I can see the waist leash being dangerous.  You never know when a squirrel might dart past you!  

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