As I mentioned previously, we have 2 dogs. Both are 6 years old and both would be considered large…although we say one is big and one is small I think that our perspective of small might be a little skewed because the “big” one is almost 150lbs, so our “small” one seems small to us at 55lbs, but I think in the normal dog sized world he would be in the medium to large category. But I digress, the reason for this post is that in the last 6 years we have done more off leash walking than anything, which meant that neither dog walked that well on leash, but they both have great (or mostly great anyway) recalls. Until recently their leash walking skills wasn’t that big of a deal.
Last fall our dogue de bordeaux (Brogan) was diagnosed with heart failure. So that meant we needed to restrict his activity. And because we walk together that meant Rosco (the “little one”) was stuck with on leash walks as well. Surprisingly Brogan remembered our loose leash walking lessons from puppy classes. Rosco, however, wasn’t great at it in puppy classes and not practising didn’t improve it. We went through a pile of different “tools” to try to make walking Rosco more enjoyable for both of us, but he seemed to figure out how to get around the “tool” and still keep the leash as tight as possible for the whole walk.
That lead to a bunch of research so that I could find something that would allow us to enjoy a walk without me being angry at Rosco the whole time. I had tried gentle leaders/head halters on him, but he had figured out that if he tucked his head into his chest he could still pull. So I wasn’t sure if the newtrix halter would work better or not. But I figured I had tried a lot of other things and walking wasn’t enjoyable so what’s one more thing.
I ordered the new trix halter off their website (www.newtrix.ca) and waited for it to come in, praying that it would be the solution to our walking issues. I tried it out as soon as I got it and amazingly after 2 little corrections he figured out what I wanted and walked nicely beside me. Now I’m not saying he’s a perfect leash walker, but he is a million times better. I rarely have to correct him more than a couple times in a walk. So I would highly recommend the newtrix halter to any dog that pulls on a leash. What makes it different than the other head halters that I tried is that it hooks behind the head instead of under the chin. And I guess for him that was the key to understanding what I was wanting from him on our walks.