No Pull Leash Might Be The Answer

no pull leashWho cares if your dog can heal on a leash?  Most people just want their dog to not pull on the leash like a crazy maniac!  There are many tools available to help you train your dog not to pull on the leash.  Dr. Anna Coffin has found a no pull leash that works well with all her dogs.

Keeping your dog on a leash in public is not only important to your dog’s safety, but it’s important for the safety of people and other animals.  Nobody likes taking their dog out for a walk when they are constantly pulling like they are leading a sled team in the Iditarod.  It’s not uncommon for owners to need some training device to help them teach their dog not to pull on the leash.

Training devices available:

  • Choke, pinch and prong collars: Anna Coffin and the staff of Guthrie Pet Hospital do not recommend using these products.  These types of collars can cause damage to your dog’s trachea and can be dangerous to dogs prone to glaucoma
  • Head Halter: This is Dr. Anna Coffins preferred method for training your dog to not pull.  This device is similar to a head harness used on horses.  The head halter works on the principal that wherever the head goes the body will follow.  Anna Coffin says these training devices work well, but there are two problems:  It can take some time for your dog to become accustomed to the head halter around their muzzle.  Some people think that it’s a muzzle and that your dog is mean.  Head halters do not fit well on dogs with short muzzles.
  • Body harness: Most of these products attach to the collar above the dog’s back and encircle the front legs.  This training device can be used to help pull the dog in the desired direction.  They work by causing pressure, or they help pull the front legs backward to help stop pulling.
  • No pull leash: Clips on your dog’s collar like a standard leash and wraps around your dog’s chest.  This training device applies safe pressure around your dog’s chest which encourages him to stop pulling.

Dr. Anna Coffin just recently purchased Thunderleash for her dog Floyd and has since used it on her other dogs with great results.

Qualities Dr. Coffin likes about Thunderleash no pull leash:

  • Works with any collar
  • Quick and simple to use
  • It’s a leash that can be turned into a training device
  • Heavy duty, excellent quality
  • Adjustable for any size dog
  • Padded handle
  • Effective training tool
  • Money back guarantee


Punishment (negative reinforcement) is not effective in training because it does not teach or encourage your dog to perform the desired action.  Therefore, it is important to use these devices as a tool to achieve the desired response and then reward your dog with a tasty treat or favorite toy.

During the month of July, Guthrie Pet Hospital is offering a 10% discount on any training class.  Stefani Fortney is our certified training and offers one on one classes on Fridays and group classes on Saturdays.  Call us today to schedule your training session with your dog.

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