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      Which collar and leash at 13 weeks?

      Since Latte is allowed to go out, I used a neck collar, a harness, a 6 feet long leash and a 26 feet long flexi leash. And I don't like flexible leashes but it is the longest leash I have for now. She is constantly pulling any kinda leashes. She's always interested in eating things from the ground and that's another issue.

      I let her off lead sometimes but when I do, she's not interested in me at all when there's distractions.

      What is the best leash procedure for my puppy? I will teach her loose leash walking but at this days she wants to explore and I can't let her off leash most of the times. What is the way that she won't think pulling is OK? And I want her to feel as free as she is off leash.

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      To help with the pulling, I have a Freedom No-Pull Harness (Freedom No Pull Harness Buy Direct from Harness Inventor) and I really love it. It is easy to use and guide Oliver where I want him to go even when he walks in front of me.
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      I would not use a Flexi with a pup. She is a 13 week old puppy and doesn't know how to walk on a leash, so every time you are outside it an opportunity to teach her. She doesn't need to be off leash right now in an unfenced, unknown, unsafe area. That can come later. You can use the fear method posted by Jen C to teach recall.

      I would stick with a standard 6 foot leash, either stiff nylon or leather. The Flexi rewards pulling.

      As for a collar, I would purchase a no-slip (martingale) collar. Puppies can learn to back out of their collars, slip out, etc, and that can be really dangerous especially when your puppy still has no recall.
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      I too second doubledip1's choice of a martingale. And dump the flexi. They are too dangerous.

      You might be interested in this post from Monique Anstee, a professional dog trainer in British Columbia:


      Domestic Leash Skills:


      I often think dog training has gone away from actual dog training. Dogmanship and good handling are becoming a thing of the past; and are not something frequently taught, or even pondered. Many people have no clue how to use a leash, and use it more as a tow rope than an aide for communication.


      Leash handling is is reward based and punishment based; but our rewards and punishments are not something that many think of. Or are even aware of.
      Your reward for a job well done should be muscle release, and a consequence, tension. When they have done good, we need to have an absolute softness about us. Or if we plan on them doing good, we need to have that softness in advance. Tightness will trigger badness, be it reactivity, or pulling.


      Yet many people who have not yet conquered their fears are feeding and rewarding 'good behaviour' while their muscles are tense. No one wants to be held rigidly and controlled. Save the hot dog, and instead be respectful with your hands and muscles.


      And if you don't believe me, jump on a sensitive horse and tense every single muscle as you approach a plastic bag and see what effect that has on the horse.
      We cannot lie to a dog. They know that if they did good that we will relax. So if they tried, and you did not relax - in their hearts they will know they failed...
      When you walk your dog their leash should sit in your open, relaxed hand, while both of your arms swing. On every second step, your leash arm will swing back, and this is your dog's check and balance to know if they are in position or not. My arm continues swinging, even if they are out of position. It doesn't take a dog too long to work out that it is annoying being ahead - and to check their position an inch or two. By swinging your arm, you make the right thing easy, and the wrong thing hard. Sure they can pull, but the dumb human continues to swing their arm, oblivious of the tension on the back-swing. I let them work it out - I don't say a word.

      By swinging our arms, we move normally. As you look 'normal' they will follow your lead and start to act normal too.
      If you're on facebook, I highly recommend liking her page. She's very very sensible.

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      Thanks to all of you. I have stopped using flexi. Sue, many thanks for this useful post. I've just liked the page.

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