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Offline ZooKeeper83

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No Pull Harness
« on: March 08, 2010, 12:12:12 AM »
Yup, yet another dog post from me.  :)  This one now has to do with my border collie/lab mix.  We love to take her on long hikes with various types of terrain.  She's definitely a puller, though.  I like her to be able to wander slightly ahead and sniff and search and enjoy the walk, but she and I need to work on her pulling because we've already had a few issues - a few times because I have disk issues in my lower back and her pulling sharply never helps during a flare up and other times because of steep terrain where she almost pulled my boyfriend and I down wet, leaf covered hills.  Lol I don't think she gets that we don't have four wheel drive and breaking like she does.

Now, we will be starting training classes this spring after I set aside a little more money for them, but that's mainly for our other walking issue - her excitement when she sees other dogs or people.

I was considering getting this harness:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+4+14142&pcatid=14142

Or possibly this one:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+4+12052&pcatid=12052

eta:  I forgot to mention that even though the second one says it's trying to prevent rubbing, that was still a concern of mine.

They each have their own testimonials, but anyone here actually try them?  Any thoughts as to if they'd be what I'm looking for?  Out of the two, I'm looking more at the first option because we already had one hike where her leash accidentally got wrapped in front of her body, across her chest, so every time she pulled it would turn her slightly and while she was annoyed, it did seem to help.

Thanks for any opinions!

Melissa
« Last Edit: March 08, 2010, 12:20:44 AM by ZooKeeper83 »
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Offline Heather

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Re: No Pull Harness
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2010, 07:24:12 PM »
I like the easy walk harness because it just redirects the pulling and turns them around instead of most other harnesses that work off of pinching or pain.
« Last Edit: March 08, 2010, 07:25:58 PM by Heather »

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Re: No Pull Harness
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2010, 11:09:55 PM »
I LOVE the first one that you posted.  We used this on our Border Collie mix, who we never leash trained because she never needed it, and the first time she pulled she was turned around and stopped pulling immediately.  Every time we would put it on her after that, she would not pull at all.

I also fit the big, strong dogs at our shelter with these because people are not able to handle them any other way.  I especially love using them with the crazy pits who have never been on a leash before (I really do love those kinds of dogs!!).  They are so easy to handle when I put this harness on them.

The one thing I would suggest is making sure that you have a leash latched to the collar as well.  Some dogs are clever and can find a way out of these harnesses even when they are fitted right.  Until you are sure she can't get out of the harness I would use two leashes just to be safe.
« Last Edit: March 08, 2010, 11:11:42 PM by Kacee9 »
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Re: No Pull Harness
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2010, 08:18:06 AM »
Great!  I was hoping there wouldn't be any issues with the easy walk harness!  It seemed like the best one I've seen so far, but I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something and the turning to the side was actually a bad way to help curb the pulling. 

And thanks for the collar idea Kacee.  Lacey always has her flat collar on with her tags, but then I'd add a regular harness and attach the leash to that for our hikes.  I'll just bring an extra leash along just in case until we're both use to the new harness.

Thanks!
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Re: No Pull Harness
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2010, 09:00:44 AM »
The easy walk should work great for you! The way it redirects their pull really helps. Have you considered a Premier gentle leader as another option? My mom uses one for her dog who is 2 years old and pulls like crazy when we're in a place with a lot of people that she wants to greet. The only bad thing is that everyone thinks it is a muzzle. :doh:

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Re: No Pull Harness
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2010, 10:08:44 AM »
The Easywalk harnesses are great. we used them when we started lease training our pups. The ones we use now, though, are from Wiggles Wags and Whiskers, the Freedom No-Pull Harness. It's great because it has velvet underneath the dog's arms and I like the front and back leash attachment points.  We found it at a boutique in Chicago but you can buy them online from various sources.

I used a Gentle Leader with our fear-aggressive Border Collie mix. They are great if you 1. take a LOT of time to desensitize the dog to it and create positive associations, 2. continually ensure it's fitted correctly (we had our veterinary behaviorist show us how to fit ours), and 3. do not use it as a corrective tool!

If a harness works just fine for you, and you don't have a dog whom you need to control their head in order to keep them from fixating on triggers and negative stimuli, I'd say keep with the harness. The time it takes to work up to using the Gentle leader full-time, coupled with the weird looks and jerky comments you get from passers-by, make it a slightly inconvenience too if you don't really need it. :)

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Re: No Pull Harness
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2010, 10:16:41 AM »
I've seen the gentle leaders and I know some people love them, but I honestly just wasn't sure I liked that they turned the neck for redirection.  I'd just be worried that she'd be too excited due to something (dog, rabbit, deer, etc) and we'd harm her neck somehow.  That's why I loved the idea of the easy walk.  I does the same thing, but from the chest where they're much stronger.  Thanks for the suggestion though!   :)

mandycoot - The freedom no-pull harness looks interesting.  I like having the options of hooking it in the different locations, so I can try each to see what she responds best to.  I'll definitely have to look more into that one!
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Re: No Pull Harness
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2010, 01:38:30 PM »
I just wanted to update this in case anyone else was thinking about the Freedom No-Pull Harness.  After looking into that harness more, I decided on it over the Easywalk because of the two different hook locations.  After looking through each of the online stores that sell them, I ended up going with Virginia Greyhound Adoption (www.virginiagreyhounds.org).  The price was the best for me ($37 after shipping) and I liked the fact that I was helping a rescue.  The next day I received an e-mail thanking me for my order and checking if I'd prefer the classic or freedom versions of the harness - same price.  They even had the size and color I wanted in stock and were going to be shipping it out to me today.

So far I'm very satisfied with my order location choice!  Next step is for it to get here and see how Lacey likes it!  ;)
Owned by: Dopey the basset; Lacey the border mix, Stinky, Lila and Happy the kittehs; Diesel the ball python; Rosie the dumeril's boa; Chili the children's python; Angus the bearded; Petri the leopard gecko; Addy the crested gecko