Animal trainer and behavior consultant Mikkel Becker shares some of her favorite products for making dog walking better for both the pooch and the veterinary client.
Retractable leashes and flat collars can pose big problems for clients with pets prone to pulling, but there's a good chance they don't know that the very tools they've invested in are thwarting their efforts. Check out these three alternative products recommended by Mikkel Becker, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, CDBC, CTC, below. For a deeper dive with Becker on tools that work (and those that don't), read this piece.
Buddy System Hands Free Leash
This waist-worn leash is designed for pet owners who want both hands free while taking their pet along on a walk or run. The basic system includes an adjustable belt, an adjustable leash, two belt attachments and a collar attachment. The Regular Dog System, for dogs larger than 20 lbs, is available in six colors and three adjustable belt sizes which can accommodate waists from 22 in to 60 in. An option for dogs smaller than 20 lbs is also available. The leash is designed to move completely around the belt to prevent tangling and can be adjusted to create a handle for use as a traditional handheld leash.
Read more at dvm360.com/buddysystem.
SENSE-ation Dog Harness
The SENSE-ation is a front-connection body harness that gently discourages pulling. The girth strap (or bottom strap), made of custom Softouch polyester webbing, provides extra comfort to the wearer. A side-positioned buckle prevents irritation, and strap keepers prevent the webbing from slipping. The harness can accommodate dogs between 6 lbs and 200 lbs, though sizing is based on the dog's girth measurement.
Read more at dvm360.com/senseation.
The HALTI Headcollar stops dogs from pulling by gently steering the head and the dog's direction of movement without inhibiting its ability to pant, drink and eat. The headcollar also features padded lining for comfort and a safety clip that connects to the dog's collar for extra security.
Read more at dvm360.com/haltiheadcollar.