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Hey guys, I've been searching the archives and I still can't decide what's best for my situation.  Oggie is 16 weeks now, and although I still think he's too young for daily walks, I use the leash on him whenever he's outside.  Right now I just have a typical adjustable nylon collar (8" to 12") and it's been ok but a few problems:

1) While he's mostly well behaved it can be very tough to control him if he either decides to run or refuses to move.  He's a puller.....especially if there are other dogs around, or if he just feels like doing a burn.  He will pull so hard he chokes himself.  I know he will hurt his trachea if this keeps up.  It's hard to correct him with the leash to make him go the direction I want because I am afraid I am hurting him.  Once he gets walking he's usually ok though.

2)  He constantly bites on the leash whenever it comes near his mouth.  He then tries to engage in almost a tug-a-war with me.  I tell him "no bite" and remove the leash which works temporarily but it's almost too tempting for him.  One day he's going to tear right through it.  It's very thin because he's still very small and so is the leash.

So people have been telling me a harness would be the way to go.  I've read about the Gentle Leader and Sensation harnesses on here and they sound pretty good as long as I can get one in his small size.  But I've also realized a lot of people here have the Martingdale collars, and just from reading about them it appears they don't injure the trachea either.  So now I'm not sure which I should get and where I should get them.  

Any help would be great...all these collars are getting expensive and I don't want to waste money!  Thanks!
 

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Thanks everyone for the advice.  Guess I'll try the martingale first and see how it goes.  I'm going to look around this weekend for one, and if I can't find one I'll just order online. I'll let ya know how it goes.  Thanks again
 

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Hey it's me again.....hate to be a pain but I'm having some problems.  I went out and found a martingale collar at a local training store, the brand is Lupine but clearly states it's a martingale on the tag.  It has the extra loop that is supposed to help with not choking.  Well I measured Oggie's neck and he's just under 12 inches, I got a collar that is adjustable from 10 to 14 inches so it should be fine.  I tried to tighten it so it was tight on his neck and behind the ears.  I think the problem is that it constantly slides down the neck, so once he needs to be restrained, it chokes him down on the neck.  I could possibly make it tighter but I am afraid of making it too tight.  He actually met another boxer puppy yesterday and was so excited, he choked himself so much that he gagged and puked his lunch.  The rest of the day he made the occassional gag noise.  I felt awful, like I really hurt him.  Am I using the collar wrong or did I just get the wrong thing?
 
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