Dear Bark: My 55-pound dog pulls really hard on-leash, and it makes walking her a miserable experience—for me, because it’s so much work and (judging by her gasping and choking) presumably for her as well. I know she needs the exercise, and I’m filled with guilt, but I don’t like walking her. Am I doomed to living with an under-exercised dog and feeling terrible about it?

Your despair is shared by lots of people who want to walk their dogs but find the experience more akin to water skiing on pavement. The short answer to your question is that you are not doomed to continue in this way. You can enjoy walking your dog, and I am going to tell you how.

Invest in power steering. Changing the equipment you use to walk your dog can make a huge difference in your experience right away. The right kind of harness puts physics on your side so your dog can’t lean in with her full body…

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