The  Best No Pull Dog Leash Ever Invented

The Best No Pull Dog Leash Ever Invented

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Hi and Welcome to our blog. If this is your first time visiting we are Matthew and Nissa Haight. We live in an RV and have 3 dogs……… yes, 3!  As you can imagine, we have done our fair share of research on no pull dog leashes.

First, a little background on us! Dogs have been in our lives since we were little. Between the two of us, we have owned a husky, border collies, a golden retriever, and some mixed breeds. Some were rescued and others were purchased from litters as small puppies. We certainly have some years of experience under our belts.

Even with our combined experience, dog training hasn’t always been a walk in the park. Training a pup is work, no matter what trick or behavior you are trying to teach. One of my main challenges has been getting my fur babies to walk easily on a leash, without pulling. Seems like an easy task to teach, right? For us, not so much! I taught Piper, my oldest, to play dead, crawl, roll over, sit, and some other cute tricks, however, walking easily on a leash? Nope, that seemed impossible.

Over the years of owning dogs, I have studied and tested so many different techniques in hopes of finding the one that would help me teach them to walk easily on a leash. Each new technique proved to be no match for my curious dogs. I would be jealous when I would see other dogs at parks walking perfectly next to their owners, no pulling or tugging, just walking right along. How do they do it?! What’s the trick?! I’m sure I’m not the only one who has experienced this dilemma.

If you’re here, chances are you have the same struggles I have had when walking my dogs.

To clarify, when I say I tried everything, I mean I literally tried every method out there. I watched countless videos, read countless blogs, and tested them out. Even spent hours after work walking them from the time they were puppies, all in hopes of teaching them to walk alongside me.

I carried treats with me, tried stopping and calling them back to sit before we started walking again (they call this “the tree method”), and even experimented with turning around and walking the other way. The amount of money spent on harnesses and leashes that promised but failed to deliver results was astounding. Oh, the frustration and the waste of money. My sweet dogs deserved to be walked multiple times a day, and enjoy the outdoors, but walking them always stressed me out!

When we would go on walks not only was the constant pulling frustrating, but when other dogs were near, or God forbid, a squirrel ran across the road, my dogs would bolt. It was so embarrassing to be in a crowded park with other dog owners and their behaving pups.

One time, Piper, my border collie/lab mix took off while my mother was holding her leash. She was knocked down and dragged before she let go of the leash! I was mortified. My mother ended up with a bruised wrist and a scraped-up knee. That is when I knew, I HAVE to find something that will work!

I searched and searched until I discovered this collar. It reminded me of the head harnesses that are placed on horses. So, originally I thought “here’s another device that works perfectly for other dogs, but I doubt it will work for mine.”   I still decided it was worth reading the reviews, I mean at this point I was desperate.

So, after learning more about it, I was hopeful that this could be the answer to our problem! I purchased the collar off Amazon. Honestly, a part of me was still skeptical, and I prepared myself to have to return it when it didn’t work.

A couple of days went by as I waited for the package to be delivered. During that time, I chose to take the dogs to a dog park instead of walking them on a leash. They needed some exercise, and I didn’t want to get frustrated with them. Then finally, I received the notification! They were here! I hoped the collars would live up to the reviews.

What did I buy?

Well, it is called The Gentle Leader! Like I said before, it is a similar concept to the harnesses that are used for horses. The reviews said it is a none painful collar (unlike the spiked prong collars) which provides more control for the owner and is way safer than a regular around the neck collar for the pups.

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Heres how it works. When the dog pulls, instead of the collar choking them around the neck, the Gentle Leader simple stops them and gently pulls their entire head back towards the handler.

How do you use the Gentle Leader?
1. Fit the padded piece of collar that goes around the dog’s snout first and then lock it into place. The silver ring should be below the dogs head/snout.
2. Then, fit the collar that goes around the dog’s neck.
3. Attach the leash to the silver ring under the head/snout.

At this point, I’m sure you’re wondering, “did it work?” The simple answer is, yes it did! Now, after placing and adjusting it towards my girls faces it did take some time for them to get used to it. They tried to take it off with their paws, but just like a collar or harness, they became familiar with it. The results were pretty quick, and I finally had complete and total control! I also want to clarify that this is not a muzzle. The dogs can still eat, drink, pant, and give loving licks.

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The Gentle Leader changed our walking experience. I love it! They love it! It is a Win, Win!

This simple invention has saved my dog’s lives as well as their throats. When they have the Gentle Leaders on, I even feel confident enough to hand their leashes to a child, knowing they won’t be pulling or tugging away. The Gentle Leader helps prevent unwanted behavior, provides peace of mind when going on walks, vet visits, and much more. It reduces dogs from jumping, bolting, or lunging toward anyone or any critter.

Don’t just take my word for it. Here are some snips of others who have tried and reviewed the Gentle Leaders.

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So, if you’re like me and have tried everything to get your dog to walk easily on a leash but still nothing has worked, The Gentle Leader is truly the greatest thing ever!

You can purchase yours here. They even come in really great colors and patterns for you and your dog’s style. They provide sizes for all weight limits from dogs as little as 5lbs to dogs over 130lbs.

Let us know; What have you found to get your dogs to walk easily on a leash? Or what do you think about The Gentle Leader?

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Why Creating A Budget Is So Important!

Why Creating A Budget Is So Important!

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Do you feel like you’re always living paycheck to paycheck? Often find yourself with overdraft fees?  How about owing money on loans and credit cards? Is your savings account consisting of less than 3 months of living or maybe you don’t have savings at all?

If you answered YES, to any one of those questions then creating a budget should be top priority. When creating a budget, it really allows you to dig deep into your spending habits. Breaking down how much you spend opens your eyes to the reality of where your money is going and maybe why your paycheck seems to disappear.

Just being honest here, I use to not budget at all. For years I lived paycheck to paycheck, and when I wanted something that I didn’t have the cash for it was put on the credit card or taken out of my savings. I would think, “oh, I’ll just pay that off next month”. Then that balance on the credit card continued to grow because I couldn’t pay more than my minimum payment.

If you’re living this way, like I was, it’s time to start budgeting.


5 reasons why creating a budget is so important, no matter your income!

 

1. Helps you understand your spending habits

When you understand and see where your money is being spent, most of the time you start to see the random expenses on things you don’t really need. So, take a look at your card charges and receipts. Some items to start looking for are maybe coffee runs, eating out or on random subscriptions and memberships that you don’t use.

Often times, we don’t even realize how much we spend on things that are not a necessity until we create a budget. I like to call this “Blind Spending”, I don’t even know if this is a real term, but let’s go with it! Which leads me to our second reason.

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2. Helps see where you can cut spending!

Seeing the truth of where your money goes allows you to consciously think twice before eating out and it helps you cut out the things that are not a necessity.

For example, if you’re a coffee lover and grab a coffee at Starbucks or local café more than once a week that is at least $5 a cup.   It is much cheaper to make coffee at home. If you have a gym membership or any other type of membership but you find yourself going only on occasion or not at all, time to reevaluate where that money can be spent.

When you begin to cut your spending, you start to have more money to pay off debt and more money to put away into a savings account. If you don’t have a savings account, I highly recommend you open one soon.

 

3. Helps you pay off debt!

By understanding what you spend money on and reevaluating items that aren’t a necessity, this allows for more money to be used towards paying off those credit cards and loans.

Paying off debt should have high priority because the longer that debt sits, the more interest accrues. Whether it’s student loans, personal, mortgages, vehicles, or credit cards. The more interest that is accrued the more money you’re paying. So, the quicker you can pay off the debt, the quicker you will free up money from your paychecks. Trust me, this takes time but is completely attainable.

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4. Helps you Save more money.

Who doesn’t want to save more money? Saving money for personal reasons, emergency funds, or even travel is a delight. Being able to say yes to that beach trip because you saved to go on vacation instead of buying that Coffee latte every week is such a reward. When you budget, you are able to dedicate amounts monthly to put away while still making sure your important bills are paid.

Check out our related post: 10 simple ways to save more in 2019.

 

5. Helps you give more

Giving to Charity, Family, or Churches is a really nice way to give back. When you budget, just like savings, it enables you to set aside money specifically to help others. Give more than you receive and good will come back to you.

So in conclusion, now you know why it’s important and what a budget can do to help you financially, but you might be asking “how do I budget?” or “Where do I start?” Maybe, you are asking this because you’ve never budgeted, or your checks are different every time because you bartend/wait tables. We know how that is!

Currently, my husband bartends, therefore, we understand the fluctuation of income. One week you’re making $600 and the next you make $300. It’s not easy. However, even with the changing income you can still create a budget and work towards any goals you have like paying off credit cards and student loans.

To do this, we suggest taking the average amount made from 3 months. This will help you see on average what you accumulate, and budget accordingly. If you have a set amount you make per month, start by taking a look at your bank account statements to look at your purchases.

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As I mentioned, creating a budget no matter your income is important because whether you average $2k a month or $10K a month it’s good to know your spending habits. Sometimes the more you make, the more you spend. I have known people who make $10k a month that still lived paycheck to paycheck. Therefore, it doesn’t matter how much you make, living off a budget is important.

When I first started Budgeting I created my own in excel spreadsheet. I did this because I had taken a class on excel in college, so I knew my way around the basics. I have been using my excel budgeter for over a year now. It has helped so much, but one thing I wish I had was the ability to see and edit on my phone.

So, I just recently found this service called Every Dollar by Dave Ramsey. I just signed up for it and giving it a try. So far, I am liking it, but not ready to really review it or not. If you would like to check it out here is a link www.everydollar.com (this is not an affiliated link, I do not get a commission).

Since I have been budgeting, Matthew and I have been able to pay off the IRS, save to purchase our RV and Truck, and now in January, we will be getting rid of my smallest personal loan. We are working towards a debt free life, so we can have more money to give and more to travel.

So, no matter where you are in life or how much you make a month, it is never too late to start budgeting, get out of debt, and save more money.

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10 Simple Ways to Save More

10 Simple Ways to Save More

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Saving money is so important! Since I was a little girl I would challenge myself to work and save as much as I could. It was like a game for me and when I met my savings goal, I won. I guess you could say I’ve always been a goal setter and enjoyed the feeling of achievement.

At a young age, I also understood that if I wanted to purchase something like a new TV or new clothes, I had to save up for it. I worked little side jobs and helped out at home to make extra cash to reach my goals. I even had the old lemonade stand at the community pool during the summer to make extra money.

However, saving is more than just getting enough to buy that big-ticket item, it should also be an emergency fund. As I got older I understood that having at least 3 months of living in your savings account is important, for those just in case moments. I say at least 3 months, but really 6 months of living is the ideal amount to have in a savings account. You never know when you might lose your job (been there), or something unexpected happens that you will need that nest egg. This amount of money could take a while to accumulate, but it’s never too late to start saving.

Here are my top and favorite ways that have helped us save extra money.

1. Create a savings plan

Most importantly, write down your plan! I believe, when you write something down it takes the idea in your mind and physically makes it a goal. Creating a plan can easily be done by thinking of the amount you would like to have and dividing it by the number of months or weeks you want to save that money by. Ask yourself:

  1. How much do I want to save?
  2. What is my deadline to have this amount in savings?
  3. How am I going to accomplish this savings goal?

For Example: If you want to save an extra $2500 in the full 12 months of 2019, that is about $208 a month you will need to save. Break it down, even more, that is $48 a week, or $6.85 a day. That $6.85 is a simple coffee usually purchased at Starbucks or local cafe. I personally like to work paycheck by paycheck. First I take out my bills that are a necessity like RV payment, Insurance, Truck Payment etc, then what is left over I put the savings goal amount away. Also, don’t forget to check your savings account interest rates. You can earn on the money you put away in the account itself. Below you can download free 52-week savings plan to get you started!

2. Create a budget!

This is just as important as creating a savings plan. When you develop a budget, you set aside specific amounts of money to put towards each one of your bills. When you budget, you know exactly where your money is going, and this will help you figure out what you can cut down on to allow more money to be put into savings.

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3. Cancel your cable/Satellite. 

I know, this one may be tough especially for the sports fans, but with all the other possibilities to watch T.V. nowadays it is completely doable. We have Netflix, Hulu, and we share an Amazon prime account with family. You can also get an antenna that will pick up local channels. The one in our RV works amazing, but if you don’t live in an RV you can get one like this HDTV Antenna on Amazon.

We watch live football games and popular shows like The Voice and American Idol on the local channels with our Antenna. Cable is expensive and I would rather pay $9 or $10 a month for Netflix and Hulu than spend $70 or more on cable when I only end up watching certain channels and shows.

 

4. Stop buying and start selling. 

Let’s face it, we all accumulate a lot of stuff and sometimes even multiples of one item. My husband and I just completely downsized to live in an RV. We realized all the items we truly didn’t need and could go without. We sold and made an extra $1000 in 2018 before moving in the RV. Items like clothes, jewelry, shoes, and furniture or decor items that are just sitting in the garage or taking up space can easily be sold on the Facebook Marketplace, garage sales, or even by word of mouth. I also gathered a lot of clothes that I just haven’t worn in 6 or more months to sell at Plato’s Closet. That money made was put directly into our savings.

 

5. Meal Plan and grocery lists! 

Before going to the grocery store, create a couple weeks of meals. This can take some time, which is why we love and use the $5 meal planning service. This service is the best thing ever! Plus, everyone is busy nowadays so to have your meals planned for you, can save you hours of time, as well as, money! Also, only purchase the items needed to make the meals and try not to go grocery shopping while you’re hungry. Just a simple tip to keep from overspending on snacks or foods that are not on the list.

When it comes to groceries don’t forget the rewards programs. We have and use the Kroger app/reward card! We love Kroger, and it helps us save on groceries and gas. I am sure Tom Thumb, HEB, or local grocery store has a similar rewards program for savings. If they do, use them! Not only do we save on groceries, but we also get points that we use to save on gas.

What about saving on groceries you’ve already purchased? To save even more, download the Ibotta app. This app lets you get cash back on groceries and much more after purchasing, by simply taking a pic of your receipt and uploading it to the app.

6. Couponing!

There is no shame in heading to the check out line with 20+ coupons for items you know you are going to use to save money. Kroger, for example, has an app that you can link to your savings card. In this app, they provide weekly coupons that you can add to your saving card alternate ID to save even more money. Another great plus with the $5 dollar meal plan is they provide great coupons with your service! Meal plans and coupons, that is a win, win! 

 

7. Stop eating out! 

This kind of goes with the Meal plan and grocery list, but trust me, I know how tempting it can be to not cook and instead drive through that burger joint. If you enjoy a night out with friends or date night, I have found that budgeting for “entertainment” helps prevent the overspending on eating or going out.

 

8. Stop using your credit cards!

Instead, pay cash. If you owe on your credit card work on paying them off. Credit cards accrue interest, meaning if you have a balance you’re paying more money than you actually spent. So, by not using credit cards you’re eliminating the ability to accrue interest. If you do use a credit card to build credit, pay it off every month and research the best reward programs.

 

9. Check your Insurance policy.

Insurance policies are usually 6 months. Don’t be afraid to take a couple hours to shop around for the lowest prices when your policy is ready to be renewed. When Matthew and I purchased our Truck, we called many insurance companies for quotes instead of going directly with our current company. You may or may not be surprised if another insurance company could lower your rates and save you money.

 

10. Work out at home.

Nowadays, there are some many youtube channels and videos that are dedicated to home workouts. Having a gym membership isn’t a necessity. Matthew and I have P90X and Insanity DVD sets. We rotate the DVDs, as well as, watch youtube videos and even Amazon Prime workout videos. You can also go and enjoy the outdoors by taking a hike, going for walk, or a bike ride; whichever type of cardio outside you enjoy.

 

There it is! I wanted to keep this short, and really highlight the top 10 ways that we have found to save more money. The ability to save money has benefited me in life to buy things I desired as well giving me the ability to pay a medical bill when I got sick or helped out family members.

Also, having savings releases stress. Money is one of the number one things people stress about, but having savings will help eliminate that stress. Knowing that if you lose your job, but you have 3 to 6 months worth saved to live off of is freeing.

So get out there and start saving! You can do it!

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Why We Chose To Live In An RV

Why We Chose To Live In An RV

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First, I would like to mention how much thought went into this major life decision of ours. We have never bought a house, but I feel that we put just as much time, energy, and thought into the buying process of our home on wheels, as we would have if we were buying a brick and mortar home.

We chose to live full time in an RV for a combination of reasons, but one of the main reasons/goals was to save money and to become debt free.

Prior to moving into our RV, we were enjoying living together as newlyweds, in our first one-bedroom apartment. We were loving life with our two fur babies, a view of a gorgeous park from our balcony, close to family, and commuting even distances from our jobs.

However, those commutes were becoming monotonous. I was also becoming listless about my work and felt that we needed a change. I wanted to explore life outside of my hometown and begin a new adventure. Thankfully Matt was on the same page and just as eager to see what the next step would bring.

We discussed purchasing a house but ultimately felt that it wouldn’t help us meet our goal of being debt free, not to mention that we didn’t have a clue as to where we wanted to settle down. We also considered moving to Florida, where some of our family friends live. But that would mean we would have to completely start over, and let’s face it, that is a big feat that we weren’t quite ready for.

During the time we were contemplating our next step, my sister in law mentioned the idea of living full time in an RV. Without hesitation, I began researching the possibility. It intrigued me! Being an opportunist, I don’t usually cast things aside without consideration and research. I scoured Pinterest, Instagram, Google, and even found Facebook groups dedicate to full-time RV living. After much research, I felt that this could be the change and adventure we were longing for! This could be the answer to us becoming debt free, giving us the ability to travel, and live life on our terms. So I mustered up the courage to talk to my husband about it, fully expecting some reservations on his part. To my surprise, Matthew was all for the idea!

Now that we had a goal and the next step was decided on, we had more research to do. The planning and preparation process took many months. I would be lying if I said that during that time we didn’t question our decision and wonder if we were crazy. I would think,

Are we crazy? Shouldn’t we be purchasing a home, building equity, and having kids?


Being in our mid/late twenties, and newly married, there seemed to be some social pressures about settling down in a house and starting a family. And even though it was easy to look at others our age and feel like maybe we were wrong to not follow the same path, we had this dream to do things a little differently. We reminded ourselves, and still do, that everyone’s dreams and ideas of happiness are different. It is okay to take the road less traveled.

Even though we had overcome our own doubts, that didn’t mean we wouldn’t face doubt or disapproval from others about our choice. After deciding and announcing our decision to RV full time we were met with comments like “RV’s depreciate.” “You’ll never get equity out of it.” While those comments were true, those facts weren’t factors for us. We weren’t worried about building equity or depreciation. We dreamed of traveling and we were motivated to pay off those student loans and personal debts! To us, that was worth investing in.

Experiencing our beautiful country, with all of its magnificent wonders, without worrying about a ton of monthly loan payments is a dream! A dream that with a couple years of hard work, and budgeting could become a reality for us.

That brings me to another reason we chose to live in an RV, and that is Simplicity! The saying “less is more”, rings true for us!  A smaller space means fewer things. Less mess, less stress. Less money is spent on things to fill a big space and we don’t buy things that will only be used once. We are more conscious of the things we bring into our RV since space is smaller. It allows for less cleaning time and more time enjoying life. We love the idea of living with only the things we need and just a few things we want. Living this minimalistic lifestyle affords us more money to put towards paying off our debt.

It’s simple, and simple is Beautiful!

So, after 9 long months of research, hard work, and planning, the dream finally became a reality. We purchased our RV and began full-time RVing immediately. So far, so good. This lifestyle choice has allowed us to save and pay off our debt at a much faster rate than we were previously able to accomplish. The RV has brought our monthly expenses down from a $1000 rent payment for a 1-bedroom apartment down to a $278 RV payment.  We are currently “fam-docking”, meaning we live on land with our family.  We pay for electricity and water, which brings our living expenses to $378 a month.

To streamline, even more, we sold our Jeep Grand Cherokee, I work remotely so this worked well for us. Selling the Jeep put back an extra $500 a month in our pockets. We now own one vehicle, our Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel that we purchased to pull our RV. By downsizing to one vehicle and living in the RV, we have been able to allocate an extra $1,122 a month towards our debt payments.


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We are still making small changes and budgeting monthly expenses to make the most of our paychecks. We are determined to stick to our plan to be completely debt free! That to us sounds like Freedom!

Our long-term plan is to eventually purchase land, and live in our Rv while we build our home. Our goal and dream would be to build our home without taking on a loan. A big dream but very doable!

Until then, as much as we want to travel in the RV, we understand that circumstances may not allow us to do so fulltime, but we keep the option open, and hope to get to the point that we can travel! At this time we still rely on Matthews job that is stationary and requires a commute.

Every move we make is strategic, but we understand that not everything can be planned. Ultimately, we put our faith in God every day to guide us. For now, the lifestyle of living in an RV is going to catapult us to a debt-free life we dream about, and if we get to experience the wonders of this Nation like the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone along the way, bring it on!

That’s is why we chose to live in an RV. To pay off debt, travel, and live a simple minimalistic lifestyle.

Why did you choose or why are you considering full-time RV life? Please, comment below! We would love to hear your story!


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