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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-24-2012, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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here is an article that is interesting and I think even more pertinent for small dogs and especially puppies. I ,like most owners started out with a typical flat buckle type collar from day one. I taught Molly early not to pull on leash. But one day she was spooked on leash and bolted the total of six feet. Not far but enough to get her a whiplash and some serious coughing and retching. Whatever method you choose to use, just be aware of the issues involved. This is a very good article and worthy of at least a read. http://www.clicktreat.blogspot.ie/ If your dog pulls on leash with a collar, please read.

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I only use collars for identification. I never hook the leash to their collars. I use the freedom no pull harness for walking. I really like this harness.

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I only use collars for identification. I never hook the leash to their collars. I use the freedom no pull harness for walking. I really like this harness.

http://usadogshop.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=23
Linda, what size do you get for your bigger guys. I have been using the Sense-ible harness, which is the best I had found, but the one thing I DIDN'T like is that on a small dog, if they DO pull, because you are so high over them, sometimes the chest strap rides up and you can hear it's hitting their throat. Not like a collar, but more than I'd like. You can't adjust the chest strap any lower, though, or it interferes with their front legs. I was thinking the other day, that what it needed was a strap down between his legs. And this one seems to have that!

So I'd like to give one a try, but I'm not sure what size to order. I think your boys are similar in size to Kodi.


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Hey Karen,
Both my boys are x small. They don't make them smaller, so Bella doesn't have one. To give you an idea, fred is 15 lbs and 19.5 inch chest. Scuds is 16 lbs with an 18" chest. I'm sure xs will fit Cody.

I actually bought them from my dog trainer. I saw them cheaper on Amazon, but they don't have every colors. The colors are amazing! I got turquoise and neon green, because I wanted them to stand out against their black fur. The turquoise looks awesome and I was surprised at how great the neon green looks on Fred. If you'd like I can post pictures I saw all the colors in person and there's a burnt rust color which I loved and the teal & purple are beautiful. Just was too dark to show up on my guys. The harness also has velvet strapping that runs under the armpits. I still hear them choke once in awhile, but it's better than the puppia harnesses. I think I need to make them more snug, but I hate having them too tight.


This place shows all the colors:
http://www.wiggleswagswhiskers.com/n...domwebbing.htm

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http://www.petexpertise.com/no-pull-...ushioning.html






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I like the front clip harness so they can't pull, the ones that clip on the back just promote pulling more! For my big dog I use a gentle leader, it goes around their snout so there is no way they can pull.

My only complaint about the harness on my havanese is that it matts the fur terribly. I have to comb it out on her belly the second I take the harness out or there is a big mat there.
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This one has a clip in front and back. Here are some pictures of the turquoise and neon green. You can see the velvet under the arm pits in Fred's picture. The harnesses are holding up well to swimming and muddy hikes!
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Linda, do you use the 2-ended leash or a regular one?


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I like the front clip harness so they can't pull, the ones that clip on the back just promote pulling more! For my big dog I use a gentle leader, it goes around their snout so there is no way they can pull.

My only complaint about the harness on my havanese is that it matts the fur terribly. I have to comb it out on her belly the second I take the harness out or there is a big mat there.
As Linda said, this one has a front clip... Otherwise I wouldn't be interested. I think you will find that her hair matts less under the harness once she's mature. It was a problem when Kodi was a puppy, but not anymore. I wouldn't leave a harness on him long-term, but just for a walk and then off again, it's fine.


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I use the regular one. My brother clips his dog in the front. The dog stopped pulled because if he pulls, he just turns around His dog learn very quickly pulling wasn't getting him anywhere!





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Linda, is my username showing on the board as being online. I just took off the hidden feature?

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