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Original Puppia Harness vs Puppia Harness Vest

Looking for feedback on which one you prefer: the original Puppia harness or the Puppia Harness vest?

We used the Puppia Harness vest until it got too small (size small), so went to buy a new one. I took a look at the original Puppia harness and wondered, now that his hair is a big longer/shaggier, is one better than the other at preventing mats?

Any thoughts or comparisons welcomed! Thanks!
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Puppia harnesses (either style) are great for young puppies, but they have MUCH too much contact area for a Havanese in long coat. I like harnesses with as few contact areas as possible for my guys, as they cause the least matting. However, my guys are all pretty reliable about loose leash walking. If the dog pulls, you have to balance the fact that a vest style harness will distribute that pull more evenly with the fact that it will also mat them more.


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We use the original Puppia harness. Neither Lily nor I have any complaints with the harness and I haven't noticed any matting. It is a little hard to latch because of the long hair but I'm sure that will be with any harness. We are good with it until she outgrows it then we'll make a decision on whether to buy another or something else. Looking forward to learning what everyone else uses.
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We use the original Puppia harness. Neither Lily nor I have any complaints with the harness and I haven't noticed any matting. It is a little hard to latch because of the long hair but I'm sure that will be with any harness. We are good with it until she outgrows it then we'll make a decision on whether to buy another or something else. Looking forward to learning what everyone else uses.
If she's still growing, her hair isn't THAT long yet.

Another thing I don't like about the over-the-head model is that both Kodi and Panda outgrew the neck opening going over their heads WAY before they outgrew the harness. As the over the head opening started to get tight, they both became very resistant to getting in and out of it. I really think step-in harnesses are a better choice, both in terms of comfort for the dog, and also convenience for buckling it up.


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Kirby never liked the 'over the head' type as much. Something about the motion of pulling it over really bothered him. He would scrunch himself as far backward in his 'stay' as he could without actually losing his 'stay'.
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Great feedback! Lincoln is only 5 months old and still growing, so I guess his hair isn't *that* long. I also don't plan to keep him in a long coat, but rather a longer puppy cut. (Don't really want to cut his hair until his coat change though).

I tried both styles, and felt that the neck on the original was too tight despite the rest of it fitting well. I could see he wasn't comfortable with the over the head style. I do have a Comfort Flex that I just got, which is more of a strap/over-the-head style, but the strap in the front over the chest/legs is just a tad too loose. So needed another harness for the interim.

He had been doing pretty good at loose leash walking, or at least, when I'd stop if he pulled, he'd self-correct. But we got a bit off practice with it the last couple of weeks, so I need to go back to basics with him on that. I also need to start working on "heel" or walking next to me.

So I guess for now, given he's still growing and working on leash walking, the vest step-in harness may be the best of the 2 until he grows more into his Comfort Flex harness.
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I use both the original puppia harness and the step in puppia harness for Rocky. I like them both and have no complaints. I use them for different purposes - the original harness I will keep on him if I have to work and am relying on my husband or son to walk him(peace of mind). I use the step in harness for walks when I'm home (easy n and off). I have had the original puppia harness since I brought Rocky home and I bought the step in harness a year ago after he had eye surgery so it would be easy to get on and off with the cone and have been using ever since. Rocky is 18 months old and I keep him in a short puppy cut so not too much matting.
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