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Harness recommendations for long coats please

Can anyone tell me which is the best harness to purchase for a dog with a long coat? I will need to put harnesses on both of mine if I am to walk them at the same time, for safety sake. Please let me know. The Buddy Belt looks good but expensive..I am not sure about the other brands. I know the inexpensive mesh front ones I got seem to tangle the coats...help...if anyone has an answer.

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Every one I have tried has matted the coat. I'm no help! Sorry.

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That is what I am afraid of...thanks Julie

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My groomer who primarily grooms small, long haired dogs says the Puppia harnesses cause less matting than most, but as Julia stated, all harnesses seem to cause matting.

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I wonder how safe the martingale collar is compared with the harness? I am guessing with the Puppia she means the soft one..

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I wonder how safe the martingale collar is compared with the harness? I am guessing with the Puppia she means the soft one..
Yes, the nylon and mesh Puppia model. I think any kind of collar can cause a collapsed trachea if the dog pulls hard. I know with my dogs if they see a rabbit or cat, they bolt so there is no way they could wear a collar when walking.

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I have the puppia nylon and mesh harnesses on mine, and they really are great. The only time it has caused matting is right now when my little one is blowing coat, and you can't really do anything about it. They are also very affordable. I got mine on amazon.

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I have the puppia nylon and mesh harnesses on mine, and they really are great. The only time it has caused matting is right now when my little one is blowing coat, and you can't really do anything about it. They are also very affordable. I got mine on amazon.
Hey, I have a question, if I get the puppia harness do I size up or down...I have a little girl who is right on the small/medium size for the chest...her chest is 16 inches, her neck is 10...thanks!

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Every one I have tried has matted the coat. I'm no help! Sorry.
Same here... It was even greater motivation to perfect loose leash walking


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I wonder how safe the martingale collar is compared with the harness? I am guessing with the Puppia she means the soft one..
Martingale collars are safer than regular collars in terms of the dog getting out of them by puling back. But they are no safer on the throat than any other collar. The only thing that can make a collar safe is to really teach the dog not to pull.

You might want to PM Dave on what harness he uses... I think Molly is in full coat, and I believe he has said in the past that they walk her in a harness.


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