In our efforts to get the dogs under some semblance of control when out walking and meeting others on our walks, making them sit and wait to be greeted instead of rushing up to be the greeters is one of our training routines. Not that we have that many. I’ve also been working with them to not charge at something that goes bump in the night on our predawn walks. It hasn’t worked as quickly as I would like, but we’re getting there.
We found the best walking harness for dogs that pull and tug on the leash. Charlie has been a tugger since day one. All of our efforts to get him to heel or at least not strain on the leash have been a waste up to now. Mitch and I both thought we were going to have to have shoulder surgery just from walking him. But not now, thanks to the find of the century or at least the find of the month, we tried the Easy Walk Harness, another harness of last resorts so to speak, and it’s awesome. No more pulling and tugging, walking Charlie is almost a pleasure. Almost, he still has to stop, sniff and pee on everything. No getting your heart rate up with my dogs. Another problem walking with hunting dogs. They’re always hunting.
The other morning while Orso was stopped doing his thing, Charlie spotted some creature running up ahead in the dark. I was paying attention to Orso and not Charlie so imagine my surprise when I felt this slight tug on my right arm. I turned just in time to see Charlie flip head over heels and land on his side in the road. He looked up at me with a look of total shock. Evidently when he decided to chase the unseen animal, the harness literally pulled him off of his feet with just a mere tug on the leash. I looked down at him laying there and laughed out loud, thinking this was the best twenty five dollars I ever spent.
I decided right then that I was going to get Orso one too. Now the morning walks will definitely be more sedate and safer for me.