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Harness and lead training

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Rhia, May 19, 2020.


  1. Rhia

    Rhia PetForums Junior

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    Any tips on a good harness for my pug cross puppy, we brought a halti body training harness for her but I'm not sure I like it. Some of the soft ones like Puppia, Rabbitgoo or Ruffwear seem like they might be better?

    I'm a complete novice with lead training but I really want her to not pull so my son/nephew can walk her too eventually, so any tips hugely appreciated
     
  2. DanWalkersmum

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    we used a soft one when Dan was a pup, because he was only small, now using a rabbitgoo one. We used the lead and harness in the house and on the garden for a while before attempting a walk with it. I'm sure there's a proven method, but this worked for us. I'd recommend puppy classes as soon as you can, maybe check out you tube for training ideas meanwhile, or a book from Amazon. Good luck and would love to see pics of your pup x
     
  3. Ian246

    Ian246 PetForums Senior

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    I use Ruffwear harnesses on my Sprocker and I really like them, though they’re reassuringly expensive. My old Lab has an Ezydog harness. However, since I bought it for him, I was advised by a vet (who is particularly concerned with dog physiology and lent me a book on the matter) that harnesses with a horizontal strap going across the chest are not good physiologically as they restrict the dog’s movement when they’re running - it’s like trying to swing your arms with a big rubber band around your chest and upper arms. So, I’d give Ezydog harnesses a miss (as my Lab is geriatric, his movement is restricted enough, so the harness really makes no difference, in my view.). Try to find a harness with a ‘Y’ or ‘X’ strap at the chest, rather than a horizontal strap.
    I hope that makes sense.
     
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  4. Rhia

    Rhia PetForums Junior

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    Thank you both, I think I'm going to go for the puppia one as it's pretty cheap and then invest in the Ruffwear or Rabbitgoo when she's bigger
     
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    Ian246 PetForums Senior

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    Yes, I did think that it could get expensive as your pup grows (I know Pugs don’t grow THAT much :) but even so.)
    Hope you find what you want.
     
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