Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Southern California & Baja California
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Ricky wears a non-restrictive harness on his walkies. It is not like the one pictured in the article. It is a wide, padded "Y" that distributes the stress on his chest (sternum) and passes high above his legs to his back. The bottom of the "Y" passes between his legs and under his belly. The piece then passes on each side of his back and connects to the two ends of the upper "Y". I can attach a lead to the front of his chest or at the back between the scapula. Most of the time I attach at his back. The harness allows him full extension of his legs while putting no stress on his neck (trachea).
Ricky walks well on a loose lead. 80% of the time he prefers to trail behind me by about 3 feet, 20% of the time he wants to take the lead. Sometimes I'm in deep thought on our walkies and then all of a sudden, I come to in a panic and realize the lead is limp and Ricky is gone. But not to worry, Ricky is dutifully following along with me.
I only occasionally put Ricky in a tight heel on our walkies. Walkies are our time to get some exercise, smell the flowers, explore, and poop EDIT: (Ricky, not me!). We have lot's of fun together meeting our neighbors and their dogs. Many of the owners carry small treats and for the dogs it's like "trick and treat" at every encounter. (FUDGE, a 90 pound Irish Setter, drags his owner over to me because he knows I'm the Candy Man).
I do have a collar for Ricky but I don't use it for walkies, too much danger of damaging the trachea. I use it when I take him to the store with me just as a safety device. I require that he ride in a cart when he is inside the store. I NEVER LEAVE THE COLLAR WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS LOOKING AFTER RICKY! I have seen too many dogs being dragged by a collar around their necks! That is not going to happen with Ricky. For example, when I take him to the groomer, I lead him through the front door with his collar on, see if there are any unsociable dogs inside, and then take the collar off immediately. I don't leave it with the staff, I take it with me. Ricky doesn't need a lead inside the building. I take off his collar, tell him, "go get in your crate." and he runs into the prep area in the back room and hops into the crate waiting for him......and then gets a healthy cookie. He loooooves going to the groomer and Ricky is the fav there.
Hot Dog, I am wordy tonight, but that's the way we do it with Mr. Boombastic.
Tigerlily's Welcome to the Jungle (Ricky Ricardo)
(AKC titles) CGC, BN
Last edited by Ricky Ricardo; 02-06-2019 at 12:29 AM.