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How The Wonder Walker™ Works Alone And With Other Tools

DogHalter-PawsitiveStepsDogTrainingThe Wonder Walker™ is a great tool for pleasantly walking your dog and for use with other training tools…that’s why I am happy to promote it…here’s how it works.

The halter places control of your dog around his/her center of gravity rather than his head or neck. This method moves the training cues from the head and neck to the dog’s body. It utilizes a dog’s instinctive push/pull reflex called the opposition reflex – a dog’s natural inclination is to move toward pressure. This reflex is why so many dogs pull while on leash — then, as you pull, they pull back.

Why the Wonder Walker™ is the best…

However, by attaching your leash to the chest ring, the pressure you apply is directed to the opposite side of their body by the girth strap. Your dog’s leash now allows you to persuasively guide your dog in the direction you want him to move. Unlike head halters, the Wonder Walker™ Body Halter© requires little or no acclimation time.

  • Unlike choke collars, it does not cross the trachea so the airway cannot be compressed.
  • Unlike prong collars which are supposedly  designed to imitate another dog’s bite, it does not poke or provoke your dog so there is no potential for causing pain or injuring his skin.
    • It is particularly important that puppies and frightened, reactive or aggressive dogs do not associate pain in the presence of what they are afraid of or unfamiliar with.
    • Using a pain-inducing device will frequently (inevitable and eventually) make problems worse, not better.

LeashPullingDog-PawsitiveStepsDogTrainingWith minimal pressure, the Wonder Walker™ Body Halter© diminishes common pulling behaviors and helps eliminate jumping and lunging while on leash. Walking your dog becomes a pleasure rather than a chore. When used while training young dogs, pulling behavior may be eliminated right from the beginning.

Car Straps & Dog Seat-Belts

Dogs actually feel more secure when they’re secured. This can help alleviate car sickness and stress problems. Use of crates, when they are tied down, provide the most security.  There are also many seat belt attachments available, which can be used with “booster” seats for small dogs, and offer protection for your dog as well.  Please talk to us about restraining tool options so your dog doesn’t end up imitating a bug on the inside of your windshield.

If you use the Wonder Walker™ Body Harness© seat belt attachment it’s easy and safe with the seat belt clip! Car Straps are available at class and using them with your Wonder Walker™ Body Halter© also prevents your dog from jumping out of the car when you open the door.

Simply attach your leash to his chest before unsnapping the seat belt clip from his back and your dog is never off leash! No hassles with changing harnesses, and you’re ready to go in a moment’s notice!

DogInSeatbelt-PawsitiveStepsDogTrainingSeattleIt can also save you a hefty fine with law enforcement, because dogs are subject to laws that require them to be confined and/or secured in a vehicle. Laws vary by state and institution, and are for your dog’s safety.

***NOTE: We recommend the Dolan’s Dog Doodads Wonder Walker™ Body Halter©.

ThunderShirts®

ThunderShirts® are beneficial to dogs with anxiety as well as hyperactivity. The ThunderShirt® fits snugly around your dogs chest and has a soothing effect which has helped thousands of dogs. If your dog is a barker, overstimulated, fearful, timid, shy, or any combination thereof, we recommend you get a ThunderShirt® and put it on your dog with the Wonder Walker™ on top of it. You can get a lot more information online at ThunderShirt.com


Pet Trainer Gayle Ballinger - Pawsitive Steps Dog TrainingAs a dog trainer, I believe that the most effective method of dog training revolves around teaching your dog what you want them to do, how to behave, how to act in their environment, and what appropriate behaviors are, under given circumstances and situations.

If you’re having a difficult time training your dog, don’t have the time to train him properly, or you would like to learn along with your pup, Contact me or check out my family friendly classes.