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!
Molly and Maureen