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I wouldn't use a choke chain or pinch collar. But I think that in many (not all) cases, harnesses are the easy way out. They don't teach the dog not to pull. In fact, unless they are specially designed "anti-pull" harnesses, they encourage pulling. (any where the leash attaches on the back encourage the dog to pull into the harness like a sled dog) Even the anti-pull harnesses only work if you know how to use them AND the dog has been trained that you will stop moving forward the minute they begin to pull.
It takes time and effort, but I think that teaching the dog to walk on a loose leash, no matter what restraint system he's wearing is the best choice.
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