Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:12 AM
For my puppies I use martingale leads, and or the slip leads that you already have. But i find one of the most useful tools for pups that pull too much and are a bit more 'spirited' is a thin check chain. I know it sounds cruel, but if you use it properly (check, release, check, release - not cheeeeeeeeeeck, cheeeeeeeck, cheeeeeeck) they soon learn they cannot pull on the lead without being corrected.
Martingales at least offer you the choice of a soft correction, but if your pup is headstrong, then the correction is likely to not be enough. If the pup is behaving properly, and listening to vocal corrections, a slip lead is fine, otherwise I find you don't have a whole lot of control. I find the best thing in situations where the pup is pulling all the time, or not listening to corrections is to use a fine check chain, but make sure you know how to use it properly, there are some great training tips on Youtube. Use the check until the pup is starting to respond to correction, and stop pulling, and then you can always put them back onto the martingale, and eventually slip collar as they grow older. Some will say that a check is too cruel, but after about 12 weeks of age, if you are using it correctly, it is not a choker, it is just a sharp 'check' to get the pup's attention on to you.
As for buying a martingale or a fine check chain before Saturday, I really can't help you. Most of the pet stores in my area DO NOT stock anything anywhere near suitable, and I believe the online ones would not arrive in time. Depending on the show, sometimes there are vendors at the grounds that sell leads so you might be able to get one right before you go into the ring. Most of the bigger show grounds always have stalls, where some of the small ones, have no one. But im not sure in Victoria.