The Halti Harness

 

Jamie doesn't pull much at all now, but when he was young and we went out for a walk he did have a tendency to pull me down the hill when we first started off.  I bought a Halti harness to try it out and it worked.

There are several ways in which to adjust the Halti harness so that it fits properly.   There is a booklet enclosed booklet for those who read instructions first.  I'm too impatient for that. 

The Halti harness works on the same principle as my quick method where you just put the lead round the dog's chest and use gentle pressure to stop the pulling.  (see page 2) It does work very well but I think it's really important to make sure that your dog doesn't just have a walk on the harness every day.  They need to be able to let off steam with a good run or at least have a good wander and a sniff without any restrictions.  In my experience dogs can get frustrated if they're kept under too much control all the time and then you get unwanted behaviour such as chewing or barking. 

Jamie actually barked in frustration the first time he went out with the harness.  He wanted to pull but he was being kept under control by the harness.  When he'd had a run and he'd walked home with the lead attached to his ordinary collar he was fine.  The next time we used the harness there was no problem.  All in all we were very pleased with the Halti harness and it helped a lot with the pulling at the start of our walks