Leo believes that it’s his world, and we’re just all living in it. He’s very slowly, but surely, learning that it’s my world, and I’m the boss. Before we brought Leo home, I bought a cute deep blue collar with matching leash that I knew would complement his fur color, assuming he wouldn’t pull too hard because he was a puppy. Boy was I wrong.
For the first few weeks with him, he was walking perfectly fine with us. He didn’t pull and he followed us when we continued to walk, wherever we walked—not that we walked far because he was still a little pup. As the weeks went by, his curiosity, boldness, and stubbornness grew—a lot. He started pushing boundaries and pulling much more, which I was somewhat prepared for.
What I wasn’t prepared for was for Leo to plop down in full-on “sploot” position when he didn’t want to go somewhere. I will admit it’s probably the cutest thing in the world, but also one of the most frustrating—like when he does it in the middle of the street and cars are waiting to pass by.
So, I bought a harness with a forward hook in hopes to cure Leo’s pulling and splooting. Results? It works wonders on the pulling! No longer is he choking himself out, and it redirects him to the side so he ends up slowing down naturally. As for the splooting, it’s had just about the opposite effect. Now he will drop it like it’s hot just for the fun ride he gets when I’m tugging him along. I’ve seen those hilarious videos of dogs enjoying being pulled along while on a harness. It’s not so hilarious when it’s your own dog.