Regardless if your dog is a puppy or full-grown, you may be having some difficulties getting him to walk on the leash. Finding the right collar or harness and leash combination doesn’t have to be a trial and error process. A steer harness is almost always a smart choice when it comes to training; and, it has long-term obedience training potential.
Training with a Steer Harness
Did you know obedience experts, such as world renowned dog training expert Cesar Milan, recommends that you walk in front of your dog? Cesar walks as many as ten dogs at a time, and yet he’s always up front. “The dogs see me as their pack leader,” writes Milan. You need this title when walking your dog; otherwise, he’s going to think he’s the pack leader, and he’ll be less inclined to learn commands.
A steer harness is an easy way to get you to the front of the pack. Sometimes called a no-pull harness, it allows you more control over your dog without hurting him. With a steer harness you lead your dog from the front, which gives you more control; hence, you’re steering your dog, much like you would lead a horse or cattle.
Combine your steer harness with a short leash. A short leash is a good training tool because it doesn’t let your dog get away from you. They keep his focus on you, and will teach him to stay at your side or behind you while walking.
Putting on a Steer Harness
Steer harnesses are easily placed on dogs. Rather than maneuvering his legs into designated holes, such as with ordinary harnesses, steer harnesses are placed over the head of your dog. Simply place and click it together underneath his chest. It’s a no hassle harness, which is pleasing to both you and your dog; additionally, it means you can very easily fit them over the giant breeds as well as small and medium-sized dogs.
Steer harnesses come in a number of designs and patterns. Look for one that is comfy for your dog; meaning, it should fit his side and not irritate his skin. Our Easy Walk Harness comes in 7 colors and is designed to gently discourage your dog from pulling. It also comes with training instructions, which will help you use it in the most productive manner.
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Steer Harnesses are Safe
Unlike traditional collars and harnesses, the steer harness never causes choking, coughing, or gagging because it doesn’t pull on your dog’s neck. Because the chest strap rests along the breast bone, he’ll never feel it pulling against his neck. This also means you can give a gentle pull to get your dog back on track and he won’t be hurt.
Training a dog to walk on a leash doesn’t have to be hard work. If you take the correct steps in terms of training and you use a steer harness, you’re guaranteeing comfortable walks every time. A well-training dog is a great achievement, and a steering harness is a great way to ensure he’s well-training, as well as happy, healthy, and comfortable.