Dress codes are always a big thing in the human world. What do you wear to a wedding? A night out on the town? How about when you work out? Surely you wouldn't wear a ball gown to go play baseball! People know when you wear a certain outfit, you do certain things. It's the same for our dogs!
Dogs are actually quite smart, and they can know when a certain item means a certain thing to do. A good example is when you pull out the leash. If a dog loves going out of the house, they are going to become conditioned to know that a leash means they get to leave. Leash= excited dog! Well why can't flat buckle collar= loose leash walking and back attachment harness= okay to pull? It can!
If you are consistent with your dogs, they can even learn the difference between types of collars and harnesses.
Whenever you want to work on loose leash walking, choose what collar/harness they will always wear whenever you expect it, and only use that when training and loose leash walking. Many prefer to use a front attachment harness, martingale, or flat buckle collar when loose leash walking. Make a commitment to your dog and yourself that you will never allow your dog to pull in this item.
Monica Callahan BS KPA-CTP