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Harness Recommendations for leashed walks

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:05 am
by chelle784
Which do you prefer to walk your Tamaskan? I am currently using the easywalk harness but Pepper will soon outgrow this. Does anyone have any recommendations for harnesses? She walks at heel during leashed walks unless a squirrel runs across our path and will try pull sometimes if she sees one of her dog friends.

Re: Harness Recommendations for leashed walks

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:59 am
by Katlin
Then don't use a harness unless you want her to pull or need a front lead. I use a chain martingale for walking, a regular collar for running, and an x-back for longboarding. I also have a Julius K-9 for offleash and seatbelt use (it has a chest plate separate).

Re: Harness Recommendations for leashed walks

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:24 am
by chelle784
The harness I'm using has a hook at the front so if she pulls it stops her in her tracks - Not like a harness for pulling. One of her sibling's owners has a similat harness that turns her round when she pulls so i am interested to know what other ones are out there

Re: Harness Recommendations for leashed walks

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:20 am
by chelle784
Also thanks for the martingale recommendation :) I always thought that they were like choke chains but apparently not if fitted coreectly from what I have started reading!

Re: Harness Recommendations for leashed walks

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:26 am
by Katlin
Yeah totally! I had easy walks for Wylie but he broke one and chafed in another so I stopped. When his chain is fully tightened I can still fit 2 fingers in, it's just so he hears the correction and can't slip out of it when we find the inevitable bunny lol!

Re: Harness Recommendations for leashed walks

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:44 am
by firleymj
Kona's about to graduate to an Easy Walk XL size, but it's a wonderful invention for us.

Re: Harness Recommendations for leashed walks

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:55 am
by arianwenarie
chelle784 wrote:Also thanks for the martingale recommendation :) I always thought that they were like choke chains but apparently not if fitted coreectly from what I have started reading!
Id also suggest moving up to a chain martingale for walking. A properly fitted chain martingale should have no more than 3 links when taut. Also means she won't be able to slip out, but you have to get the ones that slip over the head - the ones with buckles break easily. :/

if youre using the chain martingale properly for training purposes abd she doesn't respond to the snap sound when the chain gathers, then consider getting a slip chain (commonly knowns as a choke chain). If properly used, it doesnt choke as long as the two rings stay under the chin. Its supposed to give a quick slight pinch once the chain gathers and then release immediately. If dog walks on your left, then it slips on like the letter P; q if dog walks on your right. This is important bc if not fitbfor the correct side, then it doesnt release properly.

Re: Harness Recommendations for leashed walks

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:46 pm
by iamnic
Has anyone tried the Freedom No Pull Harness? It has the front clip attachment as well as a martingale feature on the back. I haven't tried it myself, but was considering picking one up. I'd love to know if anyone has an opinion on it.

http://wiggleswagswhiskers.com/Freedom- ... ilver.html

Re: Harness Recommendations for leashed walks

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:02 am
by arianwenarie
iamnic wrote:Has anyone tried the Freedom No Pull Harness? It has the front clip attachment as well as a martingale feature on the back. I haven't tried it myself, but was considering picking one up. I'd love to know if anyone has an opinion on it.

http://wiggleswagswhiskers.com/Freedom- ... ilver.html
Nope. But this is a very interesting concept...I watched the video and it'd require too much coordination for me to handle it. :lol: Some folks like the Easy Walk harness because it puts much less pressure on the chest compared to the back-attaching harnesses. I suddenly feel as if I'd have less control using this leash-harness combo though because it's essentially two leashes in one. <-- that didn't make much sense, sorry. :oops: