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Question Collars or harness?

Which do you use?I'm inclined to want to buy a harness and a leash for Duncan.I've also read that while home,people take their collar off b/c it ruins their coat?True or False?
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We use a harness in the car and a collar for walks. We do take the collar off at home. I don't know if it ruins the coat, but it does make it mat more. We were advised to get a rolled leather collar to help with that.
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I used a harness for Sam for the first few months. I was afraid he would slip out a collar. When he is in the house he is "naked", I do find that both the harness and the collar tangle his coat. I stopped using the harness when it took 30 minutes to untangle him after his walks. The collar still tangles but in a smaller area.

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I use a collar for Brady. I take if off when he goes in his crate and when he goes to bed. I haven't noticed any additional problems with matting around his collar as opposed to other areas.


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Wow,thanks for all the quick and helpful responses!!
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We use the Gentle Leader harness (not the one around the muzzel) for walks. I take his flat collar off most of the time he's in the house.
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I leave a collar on all the time.I have also heard it can damage the coat,and have lived it first hand.Quincy's hair is broken off shorter there where the collar rides.I am ok with it,as he must have one on here at all times.He does matt alittle there,but no more really then in other matt-prone areas such as the groin,armpits etc.The collar type that was recommended to me for the least amount of damage to the coat was a rolled leather collar or a narrow nylon type.So far,Quince has only had nylon,not leather...as I wanted to wait till he was a year old before I purchased a good quality leather one.

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I also use the Gentle Leader harness for MacGyver when he goes for a walk. It's great -- he'll stay right with me and doesn't pull (too much). We keep him in a puppy cut, so matting hasn't been a problem.
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Boo2352,I love that puppy cut.Its funny even though I don't have "Duncan" yet I already am inclined to keep him in a puppy cut.Can you post or PM me some pictures of him.His cut looks exactly like I want my puppies to look like.
I know I have plenty of time,but I'd rather have a pic ready when the time comes and I can show a groomer,b/c I have heard some horror stories that groomers do a horrible job.Let's hope when my time comes this won't be the case.THank you!
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I use a harness for walks most of the time, and I don't keep anything on him at home.

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