New Horizons Veterinary Behavior Solutions

300 Somonauk St.
Park Forest, IL 60466


An effective and humane choice for teaching dogs!


Which would your dog prefer??

Not convinced about Prong collars?
Click below and read 

The Position Statement from the Pet Professional Guild

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement

Does your pet pull and tug you down the street ?  Is the joy of walking your dog diminished because your arm is being yanked out of its socket?  Do you feel sorry for your dog choking and gagging as he drags you along?  Did you know that some training collars can actually cause damage to the trachea and the nerves and blood vessels in the neck?

We have all been there too!  Fortunately there are more effective, humane and gentle solutions!  Great options include front clip body harnesses and head halters.

  • Front Clip Harnesses are designed to gently discourage your dog from pulling while walking on a leash.  Unlike traditional harnesses, a front clip harness never causes coughing, gagging or choking because the chest strap rests low across the breastbone, not on the sensitive and delicate trachea and neck area. 

  • Traditional back clip harnesses and collars actually encourage dogs to pull harder because of the "opposition reflex".  This is the reflex that causes sled dogs to pull against pressure and to do what they do!  The easy walk harness' unique front chest leash attachment stops pulling by steering your dog to the side and redirecting his attention toward you.

  • If your dog forges ahead of you, gently pull the leash to the side to turn the dogs toward you.  As he stops pulling, be sure to release the tension on the leash.  Use praise and reward your dog with treats and/or petting. 

  • To slow your dog when he is pulling ahead, apply gentle pressure to the leash, pulling gently toward one side of the dog.  Release the pressure on the leash when the dog is walking nicely next to you.

  • Do not use a front clip harness with a retractable leash!  With a retractable leash, the dog is "rewarded" with additional leash when he pulls ahead!!  We want the dog to learn to NOT pull ahead.  In addition, a retractable leash will always apply a slight constant pressure, teaching your dog it is okay to continue pulling. Simply choose a 4-6 foot lightweight nylon or leather leash.



  • FOR BEST RESULTS--Learn how to TEACH YOUR DOG HOW TO WALK LOOSELY ON A LEASH  (click the link to learn) in addition to using a Front Clip Harness or a regular leather or mesh buckle collar.

    For more information and ordering click on the Internet links below:

Freedom "No-Pull" Double Clip Harness  

The Freedom Harness IS AVAILABLE for purchase and fitting at Deer Run Animal Hospital 
or buy the Freedom Harness at DogExpertise  or on

YouTube Video on using the Freedom Harness

How to Fit a Freedom Harness by Dr. Theresa DePorter, DACVB

Perfect Fit Fleece Dog Harness with front clip D ring 
This harness comes from the UK and is super comfortable because of the fleece lining
and also can have a double leash attachment


How to fit a No-Pull Harness by Kiki Yablon, KPA-CTP

Youtube Video on how to fit an Easy Walk Harness

Youtube video on how to fit and use an Easy Walk Harness

Youtube video on how to use an Easy Walk Harness

HEAD HALTERS are another great training tool. 

If your dog is still pulling too much even with a front clip harness, or if working with a dog who has exuberant pulling behavior or high arousal behavior; consider a head halter for increased control.

The truth about prong collars IS painful.  We know this may bring controversy but these words are not ours, read what the most talented and famous dog trainers in the world such as Jean Donaldson have to say at the links below.  People who love their dogs seek the guidance of pet professionals. 

No well-educated dog trainer, certified animal behaviorist, veterinarian or veterinary behavior specialist should ever recommend this type of training.  There are simply more effective and better ways. We know that people who seek professional help for their dog want the very best for their dogs.  If a “professional” suggests such a collar…you have the right and now the knowledge to simply walk away.