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Harness vs. Collar

I've decided to exclusively use harnesses for Molly following a recent unpleasant experience while she was wearing a collar.

During one of our jaunts, a neighborhood bad-boy German Shepherd had "released himself" from his fenced-in yard, and he charged across the street at us.

Molly isn't at all trepidatious about other dogs...she loves to meet her puppy friends with their moms on a walk, and she plays well with every dog she's had a chance to frolic with. However, this bad-boy was REALLY big, VERY intimidating, and growling like he meant it.

Before I could bend down to swoop Molly up, she panicked and pulled backwards, and her collar slid off! (It was a well-fitting collar, but with all that hair it became an easy release.) Molly had never before pulled backward on her leash, so this was a total surprise!

Well, Molly RAN! And the bad-boy ran after her, and I followed as close-behind as I could. Thank God there was a neighbor in her front yard with her Bernese Mountain dog, one of Molly's favorite pup-pals...Molly ran right to the neighbor who scooped her up and turned toward her house.

At the same moment, thank God, the bad-boy's dad realized what had happened, and the dog actually responded to his command to "Come!", and hightailed it back to his own house.

My heart was in my throat, and it's the LAST time I used a collar AND a retractable leash. Now it's harnesses and traditional leashes for us!

(Our across-the-street Wheaton Terrier recently narrowly missed being hit by a passing SUV when she pulled on the retractable leash, ran into the street, and the retractable cord failed to lock. Her mommy was traumatized by that, so why they're continuing to use the retractable leash is beyond me. )

I just bring it up here, because it really isn't something I ever thought could happen because I do take care and caution when walking Molly.

But we feel better and more secure now...and her collection of harnesses and matching leashes is expanding. Molly has proven herself to be a serious shopper! YAY!

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Hey Maureen,

Beamer has never even had a regular collar on. He has used a harness since we brought him home at 14weeks. He was so small when we brought him home (2.9lbs) that the reccomended we use a harness.

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I think that was so sensible of you!

All our previous pooches were short-haired and collars worked fine for them...but you'll never see a collar on Molly again!

It's just a common-sense thing that didn't occur to me (Doi)...
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And...how much does Beamer weigh now? He's really adorable...
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Hi again,

Last time I got Beamer weighed was 4wks ago at 9months old. He was 8.5lbs. I bet he is closer to 9lbs now.

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Maureen~ How scary for you and Molly! I'm glad the neighbor was there to help rescue her. I have both a collar and harness for Tori. I've used the collar more than the harness but, after reading this, I will be changing that. Thanks for sharing your story.

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I stopped using collars long ago. Even in puppy class, I use a harness. When I had my big dogs, I found it much easier to control them with a harness. With these little guys, I am afraid of a collar hurting their necks. And I have had dogs pull out of collars, too.


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I have Duncan in his Puppia harness which we remove every night and put back on him in the morning,but I have recently found that he is getting matted under his front paws.Strange huh??He's been in a harness since we got him at 8 weeks.Does anyone know of a harness that may have a padding that would help in the matting?
Just curious!
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I have Duncan in his Puppia harness which we remove every night and put back on him in the morning,but I have recently found that he is getting matted under his front paws.Strange huh??He's been in a harness since we got him at 8 weeks.Does anyone know of a harness that may have a padding that would help in the matting?
Just curious!
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under his paws? Do you mean between the pads on the bottom of his feet?
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I have Duncan in his Puppia harness which we remove every night and put back on him in the morning,but I have recently found that he is getting matted under his front paws.Strange huh??He's been in a harness since we got him at 8 weeks.Does anyone know of a harness that may have a padding that would help in the matting?
Just curious!
Thanks Dot
Dot how old is he? Could it be he is blowing his coat?

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