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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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No pull harness

Hi, Iím new to the forum so apologies if this subject has been covered before. We have a lively 6 month old male Vizsla and he has outgrown his original harness. We would like to get him a good no pull harness to help with his training but donít know where to start as there is so much choice. Heís quite large for his breed and extremely strong already. Any recommendations would be welcome. Many thanks
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 02:07 PM
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Hi, Iím new to the forum so apologies if this subject has been covered before. We have a lively 6 month old male Vizsla and he has outgrown his original harness. We would like to get him a good no pull harness to help with his training but donít know where to start as there is so much choice. Heís quite large for his breed and extremely strong already. Any recommendations would be welcome. Many thanks
From my own experience with my 13 month old mega-strong boy https://www.vizslaforums.com/30-trai...tml#post160494 Hope this helps
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-05-2019, 11:07 AM
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Those around the muzzle leaders seem to work but be aware that they do not give you nearly the control over him that you need. If he sees a squirrel or suffers some other temporary loss of sanity, it's you and that impressively thin ribbon around his muzzle and all that energy that separates both of you from devastation. So, although I am not opposed to these things, I do not think they are substitutes for good training, at least the basics, if only for safety.

The pulling is hard to tolerate and even harder to quickly train away, but start with a regular nylon collar and lead, and go for a training walk. When he pulls, stop walking until he circles back to your side. You can tap your leg to get him there, say "heel", and reward when he does. Begin walking again, and stop when he pulls. You might only get a few feet in a typical 30 minute training session.

The failure most people make in "training" is that they simply do not. They believe that saying the command is sufficient, that the dog should just know what "Wait" or "Heel" means, and since they do not yet understand the word, they cannot associate it to the behavior. That's the secret sauce in effective training, to first teach the word and associate it consistently to their behavior so when you say the word, they actually know what you mean. Being a Vizsla, they will then obey b/c, you know, they adore us. But you have to do the work to get them there, the gentle leader is a short cut that doesn't teach anything it just has this neurological influence like acupuncture. Without it, they are bananas. An educated Vizsla is a mighty fine companion. Be a good teacher and help get him there.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-05-2019, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you - sage advice and much of this is covered in our weekly training classes (we are now on our second training programme and progressing well). When in normal training, we have the patience to follow the steps you mentioned. However, recently we have started our own training to complete the National 3 peaks and would like to take Bailey on the shorter duration training walks. The catch 22 is that we can't exercise and train ourselves when he's with us as we spend so much time standing still but seems a shame not to take him when we're on such lovely walks.
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Lucy used Easy Walk harness by PetSafe up until about a week ago & we now transitioned to their 3 in 1 harness for running so that it doesn't go across the front of her shoulders. EasyWalk really helped us in the early stages of training. Good luck!
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