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Just wondering what kind of collars everyone uses on their havs. Lately Maya pulls her head out of her collar when I am walking her then I end up chasing her down the street. Not fun in the dark. I do use the 2-3 finger rule on her so it is not that loose. So wooried she will be hit by a car.
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I've gone through 4 different collars and the latest thing I have is a small choke chain. I don't have to worry about it slipping off her or choking her, and she responds better with that as she tends to go bezerk whenever she sees anyone (lunging, up on her back legs, barking, growling, doing everything possible to make me look like I don't know what I'm doing. She's easier to control. You just have to remember to put in on the right way so it stays loose unless you need to give a correction.
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I use the Lupine step in harness, like this one. No worries about them being able to slip out of it and I don't worry about pulling on his neck.



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I use the puppia harnesses. Don't hook onto her collar if she slips out of them. the harnesses are great!






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wow, that's scary! I've never used a collar on Tillie because of her sensitive neck/throat, I've always used a harness...

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The only dog that ever slipped out of a collar was a doberman whose head was smaller than his neck. but the little chain is fine--I know some don't agree. But, if your puppy walks along beside you like it should, there is no danger with the chain. I use a harness on Rosie and the Lupine shown above would be a good one as it has the two D-rings that the leash fastens to, so that the harness can't come off.
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I mostly use a harness also. I feel I have better control with one without hurting her.

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Until your dog walks reliably on a loose lead, even under difficult circumstances, a harness is a safer option than a collar. Personally I would never use a choke chain on a small breed dog. IMO, if they need it, they are not ready to be walking on a collar outside of a controlled environment. I prefer no-pull harnesses, where the leash attaches to the chest rather than those where the leash attaches to the back. Those that attach in back encourage a dog to pull.


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Difference of opinions and individuals, which is fine. Most Havanese are robust enough to handle a thin chain and slight correction, They are not a fragile 4 lbs. Chihuahua or Yorkie. As my dog matures she is doing much better on our outings and gradually learning how to be polite. I live in a condoplex with quite a few people that are scared of dogs, even my dog, so I have had to experiment with how best to control her antics. If I could have it my way I would have the person come down close to the ground and let her greet them and give her a treat, but then again most of them are scared of her so that's not really an option.
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I might switch to a harness if this new collar doesn't work. Maya is a stubborn one. She slips out once she starts to back up and wants to change direction. So much for letting the dog know who is boss.
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