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Harness your love

Can't agree more .

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from Dr. Peter Dobias .... "I invite you to do a little test. Open your hands keeping your thumbs together. Place the thumbs at the base of the throat and the fingers surrounding the neck. Now, take a deep breath, squeeze and pull back with all your force keeping your thumbs connected. If you have not fainted by now and are still reading these lines, I am sure the sensation was not comfortable. Perhaps you never thought of it but this is how many dogs feel when they are on the leash. If you are still keen to continue with this experiment, put a choke chain around your neck and attach it to a leash. Ask a friend to grab the end of the leash and pull and jerk on it periodically. Welcome to the dog world! No, I will not make you go on with this experiment and ask you to test another torture device, the prong collar.I just want you to become more aware of what is happening out there - See more at: http://peterdobias.com/community/200....34DeXIwK.dpuf

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Wow Dave. That really does put things into perspective. Thanks for that, all the more reason to use a harness
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Wow Dave. That really does put things into perspective. Thanks for that, all the more reason to use a harness
yeah it took one good scare to get me off of using a regular collar. Molly got scared on leash one time and bolted to the end of the leash and had a really bad hacking attack. She always walked well on leash and never pulled, so I guess I got a false sense of security. It only takes one event to cause a major problem. Also interesting is the link to neck injuries and thyroid problems. We don't put kids in car seats with a noose around their neck and we don't need to put dogs at risk unnecessarily. JMO

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Thank Dave for posting that great article.


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yeah it took one good scare to get me off of using a regular collar.
Same here. We have a steep driveway that Gibbs LOVES to run down at full speed. I took him out one day for a Potty and he took off as soon as we reached the driveway. Before I could react and let go of the leash, he reached the end got jerked hard enough to do a 180. We soon noticed he'd cough whenever he'd tug on the leash. BTW - this was all before we started leash training.

We immediately bought him a harness. We use the Top Paw Easy Rider Car Harness, which can also be used as a walking harness. I really like its design, ease of use and versatility as both a car harness and walking harness.

We took Gibbs to the Vet to see if we injured his esophagus. She said his breathing seemed normal and she could not palpate an injury. She said she could X-ray or CT Scan him, but if we wanted a definite test, we would have to go a specialist who has the only machine in our area that can measure the amount of airflow. She also indicated there wasn't a treatment if his esophagus was damaged. He seems healthy by most accounts, but there are times when I swear I can hear that his breathing may be slightly restricted. Hopefully it's just my paranoia or guilty for allowing it to happen.

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I agree too. I have to use a regular collar for obedience, (where Kodi is mostly off leash anyway! ) because the rules say so. But he does all casual walking, even going to and from the training center building, on an Sense-ible harness.

We haven't had a "bad experience" with a collar, but I sure want to prevent one!


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Does anyone's dog not like the harness? Rosie runs away from us as soon as she sees her harness. I even bought a new and different one in case she was associating something bad with the old one. When we pull out the leash she is just fine, but bolts when we get out the harness. And then once I've convinced her to sit and I get it on her, she stands still and doesn't want to move for a few seconds. It's the craziest thing.

She has always had a harness since she was a puppy. She wasn't as fearful as a puppy, but was never a fan.
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Does anyone's dog not like the harness? Rosie runs away from us as soon as she sees her harness. I even bought a new and different one in case she was associating something bad with the old one. When we pull out the leash she is just fine, but bolts when we get out the harness. And then once I've convinced her to sit and I get it on her, she stands still and doesn't want to move for a few seconds. It's the craziest thing.

She has always had a harness since she was a puppy. She wasn't as fearful as a puppy, but was never a fan.
Could you offer a very special treat that she only gets when she lets you put on the harness. Also, this would be an excellent opportunity to use shaping to help her accept her harness better. Check the fit to make sure the harness isn't chafing under her legs or on her chest.


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Couple of days ago I' have read this

http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/iss...e_20782-1.html

I was thinking to buy sensible or sensation harness, but now I am not going to buy that! Dr. Zink recomends so called Y harnesses

https://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?f...roduct_id=3374

Turid Rugas rercomends this harness

http://dogtraininginsight.com/how-to...-turid-rugaas/

It is italian brand Haquihana.

This subject is not an easy one, because bad harness is also harmfull!

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