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View Poll Results: Do you use a harness or collar to walk your Golden??
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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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A leash with a Harness or Collar??

When walking your Golden do you prefer to use a harness or collar attached to your leash?? And why?


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The golden girls do very well with just a leash & collar. I use the Sensation harness on Cody since he has such spinal and disc issues. It's much gentler on their spine and is designed for pullers since the leash connection is in the front on their sternum. I also have been using this on my neighbors dog who is a part Dobe/ greyhound..... long story, but I've been walking and training her. She has a tendency to slip her collar and with the Sensation Harness I can clip the leash to both the collar and harness for double safety. BYW.... I'm way in love with this dog... gotta get a pic up of her.

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I've always used a collar and lead on mine as i have had no problem with them pulling (fingers are being crossed as Reeva has not yet gone out on a lead), we used a gentle leader on Ralph, but only because if something spooked him he would turn sideways and freak out - the gentle leader meant i could control him better

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Mandy does well with just a collar, but I sometimes wonder if a harness might be better. She has pulled out of her collar once, and it kind of scares us to think that she might be able to do that again and get hurt.

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We have always used collars with our dog and they do very well. We did use a head collar on our German Shepherd when she was younger until she got over her pulling problem on the leash. We may use this on our Golden pup when he is a little bigger if he still tries to pull us. Right now, we use retractable leashes for our dogs and just regular collars.
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We use collars, however I do have a harness that the boys get hooked up to when we're hiking or I'm running with them. Unless it's a no-pull harness, using one often turns them into a sled dog!


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I use the Gentle Leader head collar with Rookie, but we're working on transitioning to a flat collar.

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I chose both. we take regular walks with a collar & lead, they wear harnesses whenever I use the flexi leads.
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I use the gentle leader head collar or just the leash attached to his regular collar.
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I used to use a harness and started training her on a body harness which worked very well but due to being trained as a social therapy dog and the need to be in public palces to work and hospitals she had to be tested only using a flat collar so about 8 moths ago I switched her to a collar for ALL training and work and while it was definately work in the start now she's fully trained with the collar and I'm very glad since it's sooooo much easier to not have to worry about putting a harness on her before heading out, especially in a hurry.

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