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The best no pull harnesses and leads 2018

Taking your best friend for a walk can be stressful if your best friend is a puller. While there are a number of training techniques that will help there are also a number of products on the market that claim they will stop the pull and help with training. So we've 'pulled' together a list of our favorite no-pull harnesses, leads and leashes.

As owners of two strong pullers, we know your pain and over the years we've tried a number of products with mixed results. Here is our view on the best products.

  1. Ancol - Dog Training Halter/Head Collar
  2. Ancol - Stop Pulling Dog Training Harness & Lead
  3. Canny Collar
  4. Trixie Premium Harness with Fleece Padding

4. Trixie Premium Harness with Fleece Padding

Quality
Ease of use
Value for money
Pull stop

Buy: Trixie Premium Harness with Fleece Padding

Product review

Overview

While the manufacturers don't claim it is a pull stopping product, we have found it very useful when used in combination with our number one pick the Ancol - Dog Training Halter/Head Collar.

The easy to attach and remove harness takes the pull away from the dog's neck, preventing injury in this delicate area. .

Pros

  • Takes the pull away from the dog's neck.
  • Would be a good product for occasional/excitement pullers.
  • Provides better control than neck collars.

Cons

  • Not the best pull stopper

Buy: Trixie Premium Harness with Fleece Padding

3. Canny Collar

Quality
Ease of use
Value for money
Pull stop

Buy: Canny Collar

Product review

Overview

The Canny collar fastens over your dog's nose and round to the back of their head. When your dog is pulling on the lead, gentle pressure is applied to the bridge of his nose. As soon as he learns to stop pulling, the pressure is released.

Pros

  • Easy to attach and remove.
  • Stops pulling instantly.

Cons

  • Due to the way this product attaches, this product is unlikely to work with flat faced dog breeds such as Pugs and French Bulldogs.
  • We found this product quite expensive in comparison to alternatives.

Buy: Canny Collar

2. Ancol - Stop Pulling Dog Training Harness & Lead

Quality
Ease of use
Value for money
Pull stop

Buy: Ancol/Pure Dog Listeners - Stop Pulling Dog Training Harness & Lead Set (inc DVD)

Product review

Overview

This Stop Pulling harness wraps around the dog's chest, with the lead attaching to the side of the dog's chest. Each time the dog pulls, they are pulling themselves to the side rather than forwards, stopping the pull.

Pros

  • A good choice for flat faced dogs dog breeds such as Pugs and French Bulldogs

Cons

  • It's not simple to attach and remove. Particulaly with larger dogs.
  • While it still reduced the pull, our dogs managed to find a way to counter the effects. Over time the impact of the product was lessened.

Buy: Ancol/Pure Dog Listeners - Stop Pulling Dog Training Harness & Lead Set (inc DVD)

1. Ancol - Dog Training Halter/Head Collar

Quality
Ease of use
Value for money
Pull stop

Buy: Ancol - Dog Training Halter - Head Collar - Helps Stop Pulling

Product review

Overview

The Ancol Head Collar, as the name suggests, attaches to the dogs head, wrapping around their muzzle and securing with a buckle behind their head. When the dog pulls, the head collar tightens around the dog's muzzle pulling their head the side at which point, in our experience, the pull stops.

We would recommend the addition of a safety link that attaches the head harness to the dog's collar, which will keep the dog under control if the dog manages to remove the head collar.

Pros

  • Easy to attach and remove.
  • Stops pulling instantly.
  • It keeps working. As yet, after a year of use, our dogs haven't found a work around.
  • A good choice if you have more than one puller.

Cons

  • Due to the way this product attaches, this product is unlikely to work with flat faced dog breeds such as Pugs and French Bulldogs.

Buy: Ancol - Dog Training Halter - Head Collar - Helps Stop Pulling

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