Body harnesses: When your dog is using a body harness, it suggests to the dog that he should pull, because opposition reflexes result in strong forging behaviors. Sled dogs, seeing eye dogs, carting dogs, and tracking dogs all wear harnesses. Dogs with these jobs of pulling ahead of their handlers should wear harnesses. If you enjoy being pulled, then be my guest and allow your dog to wear a harness. If you want your dog near you on a walk, then do not use a harness.
New body harnesses have been produced to close on the body of the dog behind the forelegs producing some discomfort when the dog pulls on the lead. They appear somewhat effective, but I am skeptical of their long term safety and efficacy. I also feel that this harness sends a mixed signal to the dog simply in its design. Pulling promotes pulling. Punishment to the dog via body tension is inappropriate after stimulating the dog to pull. Dogs surely can learn how to appropriately suppress the discomfort by not pulling on the lead, yet I am certain that there are easier ways to teach a dog not to forge on the leash.
Car containment: Body harnesses as car containment devices are excellent and can be purchased commercially. Most dog owners feel that for a dog’s safety in a moving motor vehicle, some type of containment is best.
Alternatives are crates, dividers, or affixed leads to a flat collar. If your dog rides free in the car, be careful.
Do not allow your dog to hang halfway out of the windows. It is bad for his eyes. Please do not allow your dog to sit in your lap while you drive, no matter how small the dog. It can be dangerous for both of you.
Head halters: Head halters originated in England and have found a new home in the United States. These gentle and very effective bridles are super for large dogs who have small handlers. We know that the dog’s head is the weakest part of its body.
Why not use this information wisely, and use a device that humanely offers you excellent control, given that most large animals are controlled by their heads.
Imagine trying to walk a horse on a leash by the neck; you’d be dragged till you perish. Dog trainers have successfully trained countless numbers of dogs using this tool.