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View Poll Results: Do you use a harness or collar to walk your Golden??
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post #21 of 53 (permalink) Old 05-10-2010, 12:50 PM
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I use a step in harness, Lucy pulled out of her collar in a parking lot, that did it for me, she was 6 mos. she came right back, I scooped her up and carried her into petsmart for her 1st class, pretty ironic, huh?

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I should add that I might use a martingale if I had a dog who had an attention problem or who had learned to slip a buckle collar.
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tippykayak - and that's the reason I don't trust Ranger enough to walk him on his buckle collar. As I found out, if he wants something badly enough, he no longer pulls on leash to get it; he snaps backwards, lifts his front paws and ducks his head and oops, I no longer have a dog. He'll do it in the blink of an eye and he's running loose around my neigbourhood and his recall isn't where it needs to be, especially when his prey drive is full force.

I don't trust the martingale one hundred percent either - he tried getting out of it once in a high traffic area when he decided he wanted to go visit a canadian goose and it was only a fluke I managed to tackle him before he got more than one ear free. It's not worth my dog's life to walk him in a buckle collar or harness because some people think it's cruel I walk him in on a loose leash with a choke chain.
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I don't think there's any way Woody could pull out of the Softtouch harness but I know some dogs are pretty sneaky and can get out of just about anything and that's why recall is so important.

As far as the dog pulling on the harness Linda recommends stopping and then walking in a full or half circle with the dog on the outside of the circle. This sure made a difference for me. Reward the dog as soon as there's a loose leash.

I agree with tippy regarding having to fully rely on some sort of devise to keep your dog from pulling but I do think it's reasonable to train with these aids and then work your way out so no such device is needed. I do think it's very important to have a way to secure your dog while on lead so he is unable to pull free in the event of an emergency and some of the aforementioned devices are very good at achieving this.

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I'm one of the most paranoid dog owners ever (just ask Stephanie or Melissa, LOL) and I'm convinced that the collar will like... break or come on buckled or something if I walked with one.

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We use a harness or halti, depending on where we're going/what we're doing. If it's somewhere I know he'll be going nuts (into public with a lot of people or other animals) then I use the halti. But normally it's just his harness.
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I'm one of the most paranoid dog owners ever (just ask Stephanie or Melissa, LOL) and I'm convinced that the collar will like... break or come on buckled or something if I walked with one.
That's why I don't use anything but buckle collars on dogs. Those ones with the plastic "clips" just seem so breakable to me. I'd be scared of it snapping if the dog ever pulled or got excited or whatever!

Ranger's flat collar is a 2'' leather, double stitched and with a buckle. He could pull like a moose and that collar won't break. When I picked him up from his foster mom's (when he did pull like a moose), he was only wearing a half inch wide nylon collar with a plastic clip. I thought he was going to break that before we'd even make it to my truck!
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I too use the easy walk harness with Junior. I only used a flat collar with Jean-luc.

The difference????

The switch to the easy walk harness came while I was having my knee surgery from a staph infection last year.(not MRSA.... thank goodness.) Anyway.... My Aunt and I had taken Junior to get him washed at a doggie salon. In the parking lot.... Junior pulled backwards out of the collar!!!!! OMG!!!!!! Panic... becasue I knew with my knee the way it was I would never be able to catch him... and I knew my Aunt could not either.

Fortunately.... even with my knee surgery... I quickly grabbed Junior and threw his collar back on. Whew!!!!!!!!! Thank goodness.

At that point I switched over to the easy walk harness.

That was last year.... fortunately... now... my knee has almost made a full recovery.... I can even run.... just not very far. (I think I surprised Junior the other day when I chased him around the backyard....... I still can't run as fast as I use to but it is getting there.)

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Always used a collar. But after the LP surgery only a harness is allowed no more collars.

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With Tessa we used a collor ALL the time. When she was a puppy she tried to pull us many time's, but that stopped shortly after we got her and I normally didn't walk Tessa on main road so we would walk on trails and she would always be lose (she had AMAZING recall).
Now with Saadiah we actually just got her a harness today and I already notice a difference. When we first got her we were having trouble with even wanting to leave are property, now she know's if she leaves she gets to go play ball at the park (her FAVORITE thing). Anyways we tried the harness and she was so mcuh better. And she listened to things we told her to do a lot better as well.
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One of the worst problems I have with JR and using the harness or even leash for that matter.... is he gets so HYPER!!!!!!! He goes NUTS because he knows he is going somewhere. I don't care... I still love him.

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