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    I have a very energetic 8 month old black lab puppy. Adorable and silly, but a pain in training! One area we're focusing on is walks and leash training. Any suggestions on the best training collar? I've heard a lot about pinch collars lately. I'd like to learn to control him on walks and work on commands for eventual off leash. Additionally, any good book/web site suggestions? Thanks everyone! This is a neat site.

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    Do a search on Youtube for loose leash training. There are lots of videos on it. The general idea for training for many of the videos is to not move or change your direction of travel when the dog pulls on his leash. I have been working with my puppy a lot without a leash in the house. Walk around with treats in your left hand and click every once in a while and treat. When my dog is on the leash she seems to get the idea pretty well. She is only around 5 months though.

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    Get a front clip harness (I like the sens-ation harnesses, but some prefer the easy walks) - make sure to ask for help with proper fitting. I've found these to be the most successful in managing pulling while you work on training the issue, without the possible behavioural fallout that occasionally accompanies the use of pinch collars.

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    As Kaytris suggested or a Gentile Leader that goes around the muzzle.

    The technique that worked with HK the best, was to immediately reverse direction when she pulled. In the beginning it makes taking those walks long and painfull, but they catch on pretty quickly. If you do it, just remember that you have to be consistent. If he/she pulls, reverse direction every time. Pulling sometimes cannot be acceptable, the dogs don't know why its okay now but not then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slackercodemonkey View Post
    Walk around with treats in your left hand and click every once in a while and treat.

    FYI: I am a first time dog owner
    The clicking should not be random - it should be directly tied to the dog performing a command or behavior properly. You click and treat simultaneously - eventually the click becomes the positive reinforcement.

    I would shy away from Youtube videos unless you are subscribing to a particular qualified trainer. Anyone can put a video on Youtube - even those whose knowledge and understanding of canine behavior is minimal. You don't want to follow the direction of someone who is talking out of their hindparts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaytris View Post
    Get a front clip harness (I like the sens-ation harnesses, but some prefer the easy walks) - make sure to ask for help with proper fitting. I've found these to be the most successful in managing pulling while you work on training the issue, without the possible behavioural fallout that occasionally accompanies the use of pinch collars.
    i support this i use an eas walker for bentley he wil pull but i turn the other way and it is eay to keep control of him some say a springer prong where it does not hav spikes i dont know anout it so i dont use it.With tank i use a choke collar or an easy walk the reason for the choke is because he gets along with dogs but sometimes with un nuetered males he goes billistic and pretends the harness isnt even on so the choker works.(fyi:i use hot dogs or toys for training it keeps them focused)
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    just to throuw this out there bentley iksnt scared of the leassh any,ore now we have a pulling problem he is full of suprises
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaytris View Post
    Get a front clip harness (I like the sens-ation harnesses, but some prefer the easy walks) - make sure to ask for help with proper fitting. I've found these to be the most successful in managing pulling while you work on training the issue, without the possible behavioural fallout that occasionally accompanies the use of pinch collars.
    I agree with kaytris. When my Corby was that age, he pulled, and at the pet store they suggested the harness (can't remember the name, but the leash attaches over his back) - I was very skeptical that it would work, but it did! Don't use a prong collar at such a young age.

    I also agree with the Changing Direction approach (although I found that worked better with a simple collar).

    Edit: Mine wasn't a front-clip, but I'm sure it works quite well too. Here's what I used Sporn Non-Pulling Mesh Control Harness - Dog - Free Ship - PetSmart.
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