My 14 month old cocker/springer cross is a tad, er, excitable when he first gets outside for a walk. After a run, he's reasonably well behaved on a lead, but initially it's hard work. I currently use an Easy Walk harness, but it's rubbing under his front legs and tbh it loosens very quickly and is a PITA to keep adjusting. As he can be a little nervy around other on lead dogs, I'd rather not use a face harness. Any good recommendations? I let him off to run twice a day, so ideally it'll be something that won't rub when he's doing his bullet impression. Oh, and he swims. A lot.
I use a halti thing over his nose when he absolutely has to be on the lead but he still pulls (although not with quite the same impetus), but I can't yank him back as I worry about hurting him.
Having said that, off the lead he will, bizarrely, walk behind me but obviously I cannot trust him to be like that other than in very controlled situations, or where there is no danger of him seeing something and pissing off.
Must it be a harness? They tend to facilitate pulling, you're anchoring yourself to the most powerful part of the dog, leaving the head and neck free to snake around and do as they please, plus for many breeds having that resistance on their chest and pulling against it is rewarding in itself.
That said... I use Manmat shoulder harnesses, they are the best of many I've tried over the years. Fit well, no rubbing, dry quickly.
I am ashamed to confess that having developed all sorts of walking issues since getting my dog, I let him pull me up hills and steps or to support my weight on dodgy ground. Might as well harness his strength and utilise it.
I use one of these with my lab collie cross he doesn't pull normally (well after last weeks lead walking boot camp he doesn't ) but he is really well behaved in this, swims in it, cycles in it and runs with it on. I know its expensive but mine loves it