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Harness dilemma

I'm looking for a harness that does not cause matting. I know, wishful thinking, right?

Up until recently, I've been using a rolled leather collar to walk Tori. But, have decided it is better for her if I use a harness instead [her coughing has increased and I'm sure her pulling to get at things (squirrels, lizards, blowing leaves, etc.) when on our walks isn't helping at all] I have several harnesses but, they all cause so much matting when I use them to walk her. The nylon step-in seemed to be the best... until yesterday's walk. When we returned home, it was actually stuck in the matt that it had created on her chest and I could not get it off, I eventually ended up cutting the hair to remove it

Since the rolled leather collar wasn't causing much matting, I'm thinking that may be the best type of harness to get. However, I'm not having much luck finding what I want. Rolled leather collars are everywhere, harnesses not so easy to find. I did find this one but, only the collar portion is rolled and smooth, not the part that goes around the body/chest. And this one but, I'll be darned if I can figure out what size it comes in (other than "chow" size) or how to order it There's someone on eBay that has quite a few offered but, they're braided leather and I know those would cause bad matting.

Does anyone know where I can find what I'm looking for?

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Tori,
I've been fighting the same issue with Tucker. I've finally settled (unless something better comes along,) on a Greyhound Martingale collar, 1"wide, from this site.

http://www.allhoundsapparel.com/custom/list.asp?c=20354

So far it has been working much better than the reg. collars for not choking, and not matting.

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Thanks Sheri. Since they're lined w/fleece I'd think the matting would be increased, no?

I did find this step-in model at HauteDogBoutique.com They have many styles available. There is a positive review on one of the styles (Royal Badness) here. I could just see Tori in this one, or maybe this one, or perhaps this would be more fitting for my lil' angel?

They look and sound like what I might be after. But, before spending $58-$65 apiece, I'd like to be certain they work for our longhaired babies. Anyone know anything about them?

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Wow - those are some harnesses! Electric pink glitter leather! Go for it! No doubt she'll feel like a princess.

Lola wears a rolled leather collar, and she was coughing more at the start of winter when we went to Chicago and the dry heat was really different. She hasn't had any problems since we got back to SF sea level humidity.

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My mom uses a thick fabric, fleece lined one for Maddie and it really doesn't cause any matting at all. She has a pretty thick coat, though, so I don't know what it would be like on a fluffier, cottony coat. Roscoe is still a baby, but I use a tiny step-in harness on him and it doesn't cause any matts.

I think if you take the harness off right after the walk and then give your doggie a quick brushing you can avoid the matts progressing. Good luck!
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Tucker has not had any matting problems with this Martingale, yet, anyway. Several people on the Forum use these Martingales, which is where I got the info in the first place. The fleece is almost like felt, really...and I figured it would cause matting, too, but decided to try after the good reviews here. So far, so good.

The harness you found is very classy looking! If you get one you'll have to post your results. It just seem anything near Tucker's legs will work the hair into a mat as he walks.

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Leslie, you may find some good info in this thread.
http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....=girls+harness

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Tori,
I've been fighting the same issue with Tucker. I've finally settled (unless something better comes along,) on a Greyhound Martingale collar, 1"wide, from this site.

http://www.allhoundsapparel.com/custom/list.asp?c=20354

So far it has been working much better than the reg. collars for not choking, and not matting.
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Leslie, I have always used the Gentle Leader Easy Walk harnesses (those anti-pulling harnesses) for my dogs. They do not seem to cause mats at all, tho I have no idea why. I do realize that these harnesses are somewhat controversial, but they work for me.



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Leslie- so far my favorite harness has been the knock off puppia I bought at a rescue event several years ago and I only have one! For awhile I thought it was only Dora and I usually do put her in a collar. But our trip to Savannah/FL. Dash was being so naughty and excitable and was choking himself the entire time. He would run after birds/squirrels that I didnt see when we were walking and we put him in Dora's pink harness (I forgot his). I was expecting horrible matts but there werent.

How it differs from the puppia- it is a lot thinner material (although not padded) and the straps are like a thin seude and metal slide in buckles. I bought Belle the other version for cuteness with cloth straps and a back pack and while it is great functionally- both the little back pack and the different hook ups, it matts her chest horribly as well.

I don't have a rolled leather to compare it to though!

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