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collar or harness?

do you prefer a harness over a collar, do you have a favorite one?
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I prefer a harness. I don't know which one it is, bu I got it at Pet Supplies Plus. It is very easy to put on - just slip it over each front leg and is closes over the back. Some of the other types are a little harder to get on.


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I prefer a harness for car rides, but for all other times, I prefer a collar or just a slip lead. My dogs are all in full coats, and the harnesses create too many more matting points for me.

I think Susan (mckennasedona) and Sally (mintchip) are pretty exclusive harness users, so they may have better info on which kinds they use and why they prefer them.
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We have the Puppia harness and it is great.

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Judith, I use harnessees on my girls. Sedona is a puller and collars make her choke. (Yes, she needs obedience classes for the pulling...in January).
Just like Sally, I use Puppia harnesses for them for the most part. I do have the ones that slip over the front legs and clasp over the back too. I use those for our walks. The Puppias are for use in the car with the seat belt attachment. The only problem I have with the Puppias is if they wear them for most of the day (which they usually do on our day trips) they contribute to matting on the dogs' chest area.

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Judith, I use harnessees on my girls. Sedona is a puller and collars make her choke. (Yes, she needs obedience classes for the pulling...in January).
Just like Sally, I use Puppia harnesses for them for the most part. I do have the ones that slip over the front legs and clasp over the back too. I use those for our walks. The Puppias are for use in the car with the seat belt attachment. The only problem I have with the Puppias is if they wear them for most of the day (which they usually do on our day trips) they contribute to matting on the dogs' chest area.
Oliver is a puller as well. I must be lucky because he doesn't mat from the Puppia. I have a different brand of harness that we use only in the car.I'll have to check and get back to you on that brand
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I use a Puppia harness as well, even for long walks. I don't feel like there are more mats in the chest area, but sometimes I find a mat underneath his legs - which any harness will do, I think. It works best for us because Kubrick hates being led by the collar. He will pull and choke himself. Put a harness on him and he stops. I'm not sure why he does this, but maybe it's because he doesn't like the weight of the leash hanging from his neck?


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Lina,
Hank is definitely like Kubrick... he doesn't tug as much on a harness for some reason. We use the timberwolf step in rope harness and Hank doesn't seem to mat, even wearing it for long durations. Another advantage of a harness is there's much less of a chance of your doggy injuring himself. The only collar that our little one wears is the Keep Safe collar. We'd be crushed if he ended up hurting himself.

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I think it depends on the dog! Does your dog pull?- get a harness. Is your dog calm and you don't want to brush chest matts? Get a collar.

Isabelle only uses harnesses except when she is doing obedience training- then we use a training collar. She pulls and goes crazy so rather than training her <BG> I put on her backpack harness!

Dora likes to be naked (yeah, she is that kind of girl!) so I generally use a slip lead except when we go places where she is required to be on leash then I either have a collar (better with matting) or her puppia like harness (it was pink and cute but it does cause matts under her arms)

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The only time I notice that the Puppia harnesses cause chest mats is when my girls wear them for most of the day. We love to get in the car on a Saturday or Sunday morning at say 8 AM and pick a direction and go. Sometimes we don't get home until 6 PM (lots of fun stops in between). That means my girls are wearing those harnesses for 10 hours. Most dogs won't wear them near that long so mats won't be a problem.

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