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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-09-2013, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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We are working on loose leash walking but we aren't there yet. We have several harness and are trying them out (sensation, puppia). Sometimes Colbie likes to "launch herself" against the leash so hard so will actually go airborne. Even though she is attached to the leash by a harness and not a collar, I'm still concerned she is putting a lot of stress on her little body.

Has anyone tried one of the bungee cord leash attachments such as this one?




I'm wondering if that would help until we all learn to walk properly on a loose leash?

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We are working on loose leash walking but we aren't there yet. We have several harness and are trying them out (sensation, puppia). Sometimes Colbie likes to "launch herself" against the leash so hard so will actually go airborne. Even though she is attached to the leash by a harness and not a collar, I'm still concerned she is putting a lot of stress on her little body.

Has anyone tried one of the bungee cord leash attachments such as this one?

Amazon.com: Leash Shock Absorber Bungee Leash Attachment: Pet Supplies

I'm wondering if that would help until we all learn to walk properly on a loose leash?
Don't know about that one… it looks to have a LOT of spring, which would also spring back with a small puppy on the end. My breeder provided me with a thin, braided fleece leash to use with Kodi until he learned to walk in a more civilized way. (which took a long time, in spite of being in classes regularly! …he has a LOT of energy as a pup!!! ) This absorbs some of that "snap" at the end, but doesn't recoil the way a bungee would. You can buy leashes similar to the one she made for me from agility places. I still use one of these at agility trials, because you can also use them as tug toys to reward your dog as they walk. (or finish an agility run! )

Here's one on the Clean Run site… there are others too. YOu just want to make sure it's braided FLEECE, not just a regular braided leash, which might feel nice in your hand, but has no give:

http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fu...Product_ID=138


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Don't know about that one… it looks to have a LOT of spring, which would also spring back with a small puppy on the end. My breeder provided me with a thin, braided fleece leash to use with Kodi until he learned to walk in a more civilized way. (which took a long time, in spite of being in classes regularly! …he has a LOT of energy as a pup!!! ) This absorbs some of that "snap" at the end, but doesn't recoil the way a bungee would. You can buy leashes similar to the one she made for me from agility places. I still use one of these at agility trials, because you can also use them as tug toys to reward your dog as they walk. (or finish an agility run! )

Here's one on the Clean Run site… there are others too. YOu just want to make sure it's braided FLEECE, not just a regular braided leash, which might feel nice in your hand, but has no give:

http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fu...Product_ID=138
Thanks Karen. I like your suggestion better then the bungee idea.

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At our training class we did a lot of social walking practice (constant changes of direction, wal;king backwards and calling your pup each time - the pup has to focus on you because they aren't sure where to next and also are often behind rather than in front. Lots of praise / treats when they turn with you etc).

This really helped with Charlie but the other thing the trainer recommended was to switch to a heavier lead (we had a very light braided one). So we bought a leather one and this made a remarkable difference. It seemed as if the weight was enough to keep him in check and now he walks out front but without any pulling.

Expensive to buy if it doesn't work, but maybe you could borrow one to see if it makes any difference.
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We are also working on loose leash walking. We switched from a Puppia to a Freedom harness and the trainer had us switch to a heavier leash. The changes have helped a lot.


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