Post # 1
Has anyone with a large dog used one of those leashes that you tie around your waist?
We have a large (85 lb) golden retriever, who LOVES to pull on the leash. We are taking a polite leash walking class right now, and we have a “gentle lead” that we use on our regular walks to help train her. We are going hiking this weekend at a place where dogs have to be on leash at all time (usually we only go to off leash destinations). It would be nice to have my hands free and not constantly have her pulling me. Just wondering if this type of leash would be worth investing in… anyone with experience with these leashes? Should it only be used with dogs who know how to politely walk on a leash?
Thanks for your input!!
Post # 3
@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
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
@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
@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
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
@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
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
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
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
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 # 13
@megz06: @gcwest: @MissStumptown: Good points – I guess I will stay away from the waist leash, for now. I was thinking it might be easier to hold her when she pulls if I was using my whole body instead of just my arms. But if she caught me off gaurd and chased after something, it could actually be dangerous.
@crayfish: We just had our second class last night and we’ve learned some good tips. Good to know your class helped you guys – I hope it does the same for us!
@MissStumptown: This harness is actually exactly what we have! It has made it possible to take her for walks in public, around the city – it is great! But it is such a short leash, I didn’t want to use it for hiking, but we might have to.
@OUgal0004: We have tried the gentle leader, and it does help some, but she ends up spending most of the walk trying to paw the strap off. She hates having it on!
@WagonWheel: We might try this method. We have a harness that hooks in the front AND on her back, but it leaves such a short leash for us to walk with.
Thanks for the suggestions!
Post # 14
@Sea_Ashley: You could always just use one end and attach it to just the front or back. We do that sometimes!
Post # 15
@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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