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Hi all. I have been using a regular fabric collar when I take our 9 month old Hav outside for potty. Live in California and there are coyotes here, so he is never off leash outside. The fabric collar is fine and taken off when he is inside. We go on walks once or twice a day, and I have using the Curli Vest, chosen to prevent any risk of trachea injury that could occur with a regular collar. The vest is cute, easy to put on, and soft. The BIG problem with the vest is he became very matted in that area where his fur must rub on the vest. Groomer was able to fix the mats, but suggested I use something else. I have been seeing verious types of halters on the web. Wonder Walker Body Halter, Petco Easy Step-In Sport Dog harness, Buddy Belt to name a few. Some have the lead clipped on the shoulder and others have lead on front chest. Please let me know what works for you in terms of not pulling and also less likely to cause mats. Thanks!
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Hi all. I have been using a regular fabric collar when I take our 9 month old Hav outside for potty. Live in California and there are coyotes here, so he is never off leash outside. The fabric collar is fine and taken off when he is inside. We go on walks once or twice a day, and I have using the Curli Vest, chosen to prevent any risk of trachea injury that could occur with a regular collar. The vest is cute, easy to put on, and soft. The BIG problem with the vest is he became very matted in that area where his fur must rub on the vest. Groomer was able to fix the mats, but suggested I use something else. I have been seeing verious types of halters on the web. Wonder Walker Body Halter, Petco Easy Step-In Sport Dog harness, Buddy Belt to name a few. Some have the lead clipped on the shoulder and others have lead on front chest. Please let me know what works for you in terms of not pulling and also less likely to cause mats. Thanks!
The best no-pull harnesses have the leash attach to the front of the chest. They still require training, though... They are not "magic". Kodi still wears one, even though he doesn't pull, simply because they have the least amount of straps touching the dog, so the least contact for matting. The brand I prefer is "Sense-ible". Pixel NEVER pulls and is in a puppy cut, so she just wears a tiny step-in strappy harness from Petco, It's fine for her.

Last fall, Panda was still young enough to get away with a vest harness. When we are are able to resume walks this spring, she'll probably graduate to a Sense-ible harness. She still needs "reminders" now and then about walking politely, and her coat is long enough now that I think the vest harness is likely to mat her.
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Shama still pulls, but I like the front hook. I need to work on her heeling. I only use this harness for long walks.




I use a rolled leather collar as her regular collar and one without tags as her agility collar. I was told rolled leather is best to avoid matting under collar.

Bond & Co. Mahogany Rolled Leather Collar | Petco

I use a slip collar that looks like this one for obedience.

Nylon Slip Collar

KarMar told me about this leash for easy on/off at agility and also when our aging parents need to put a leash on Shama quickly as it's easier to slip a leash over her head than it is to locate her collar under her fur and snap on a snap leash.




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Looked up Sense-ible and it looks good, but extra small is 16.5 to 20" girth, and Cubby is 14".
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I use the Walk In Sync harness for Molly and it has worked well for us. She is a small girl and the fit is adjustable.
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Chi Chi needs to move on from her Puppia vests, but I am so afraid because she will TAKE OFF after birds and blowing leaves. However, she gets pretty matted and I spend so much time combing her out I am looking for another solution. I tried the PetSafe but it was a bear to put on.
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I love the vests because they are comfortable, easy to put on, and safe. Now I need to get another alternative too.
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I use "Tre Ponti" Dog Harness on Tux. I tell him to "sit up" and then just slip the harness over his front paws and clip over his back withers. It's so easy. Tux has very long fur that matts. When I remove the harness I quickly brush down the area that was behind the wide straps. It comes in various sizes and colors but is not adjustable. He just turned a year old in March and I believe this may be his last harness we buy. TRE PONTI LIBERTA DOG HARNESS - Puttin On The Dog
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They look interesting, but how can the same harness possibly fit dogs with a 10-14" girth safely? I would think the 10" dog would walk right out of it!?


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Like ShamaMama, I use the EasyWalk harness for pulling. The trainer gave it to me. Otherwise, I have use the Coastal Soy Comfort Harness since Loki weighed 6 lbs. He is now 12.5 lbs and I am still using the same harness. It is very adjustable and seems to be comfortable. Loki doesn't chew on his collar or else this one might be a problem. It is very light.




He is blowing coat and matting. I am looking for a rolled leather harness. I think it might slip through his coat easier. If anyone knows of a good one, suggestions please.


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