Which is best for a 10-14 week old Yellow lab puppy — Leash Manners/This Way/Wait & Come & Fetch on a long line, maybe outdoor Leave It/Out in particular?
Here are what I think are my options:
Easy walk harness (clip on chest)?
Conventional harness (clip on back)?
Of course, everything I’m doing is Ph. 1, but outdoors (and for some things, indoors) I need the leash for safety and/or to prompt.
My inclination is a harness w/a clip on the back for most everything right now. But Hudson’s growing real fast.
He’s a vigorous, hard puppy, and I want him to stay that way.
I’m torn between slip/martingale/puppy-width starmark, as soon as I’m sure Hudson
won’t be traumatized by a light finger pump. I figure by the time he’s 14 weeks, at the latest, one of those will be fine.
Slip lead pros: not cumbersome. Can get it on / off easy. When u don’t need it, if H. is wearing a harness you can quickly get a leash on if you need to. I don’t like unnecessary stuff around a Puppy’s neck. If you know what u r doing, you can do light finger pumps & it’s not as aversive as a starmak.
Cons: Not sure if clients can handle it right. I am working hard to communicate that your primary line of control is you yourself; i.e., voice, eyes, body language. And leash is there, esp right now, mostly to prompt/remind.
As soon as Hudson turns 14 weeks, or as soon as I decide he’d be OK w/it, physically/psychologically, I’m inclined to switch to a puppy starmark.
Suggestions, anyone. I would be grateful if you explain your reasons. Thx.
This is an update/clarification to my question about gear for a 9-10 wk old lab: Mendota type slip lead is out, bec of the tracheal damage danger. So I’m on the lookout for the best harness for Ph 1 and 2 trng. That means: easy to get on / off; no tracheal pressure; best communication to Hudson-puppy of finger pumps and leash pressure. When I say ‘best communication,’ I mean that he feels the pumps/pressure quickly and in a way that most easily translates to pumps/pressure on a starmark. Some harnesses have a single ring on the dog’s back. Others have a single ring on the chest. Others have a single ring on both back and chest. I’m not sure if I need a ring in both locations. I’m also not sure which would work best: pumps on a chest ring or pumps on a back ring. My hunch is that a back ring is best, because pumps on a chest ring will turn him around, which I think is NOT what’s needed. Comments/recommendations gratefully accepted. Thx.
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