If your Dachshund is fit, then it really doesn’t matter. It is important to teach them to walk without pulling ahead of you. The pulling and jerking puts added strain on their whole spines.
Investing in good training sessions to learn to walk your dog on a loose lead avoids the problem. It also teaches you control and enhances your bond with your Dachshund. Consistency and patience need to be remembered as the art of training can be challenging.
It is important to recognise, if you prefer a harness, that they allow relatively more freedom of movement and can lead to chronic pulling. You need to ensure your harness is of soft material and sits comfortably on your dog’s bone structure, rather than digging into the soft tissue on the throat and upper back. Ill fitting harnesses can cause problems with their gait, shoulders and elbows.
After an episode of IVDD or spinal injury, you will be advised by your Specialist Vet or Rehabilitation Therapist what is best to use when walking your dog on a loose lead. It can depend on the location, or where your dog suffered the disc variation along the spinal cord.
Important: Each dog is an individual. Each case of IVDD or spinal injury is different.
Key: Exercise your dog regularly to build up good muscle tone and ensure that they do not pull regardless of whether they are walked with a collar or lead.
Now it’s time to do walk your Dachshund/s …