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What Harness & Collar

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Randomly Set, Sep 25, 2013.


  1. Randomly Set

    Randomly Set PetForums Senior

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    Ok, so I get my Bedlington pup in two weeks. We'll take him straight to P@H for a nice puppy collar and lead.

    However, what adult collars do people suggest? Also, what harnesses should I be looking at? When he's bigger, I plan on taking him running and also agility training. I also figure a harness would be kinder for him.

    So far, the only harness I've been advised of is this one:
    Perfect Fit Harness

    What are people's thoughts?

    TIA
     
  2. SLB

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  3. sezeelson

    sezeelson PetForums VIP

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    I suggest you take pup straight home.

    Leaving home is a really big deal and could be just to much for pup to go shopping too. He doesn't need a collar for few weeks yet so just wait, pups grow very quickly!

    In terms of adult collars, it depends what you want from them.
    If he learns to slip his collar you will need a half check
    If you want a small collar just for tags I would recommend a rolled leather collar
    If you want a nice strong collar then there is strong stuff collars or ezydog collars
    If you want a pretty collar then your choices are endless.

    The perfect fit harness is a really good harness! I'd definitely go for fleece lined or padded harness for running in.
    I would recommend sticking to Y shape or H shape harness as I think they have the best fit.
     
  4. Randomly Set

    Randomly Set PetForums Senior

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    Thanks. he won't literally go straight to P@H, I meant when we get his first collar.

    When he's fully grown, he'll probably have a collar for home/office wear, and walk him on a harness.
     
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    Hi I'll second the ezydog collar recommendation had no probs other than they are expensive amd puppies really do grow like you wouldn't believe.
     
  6. Goldstar

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    Lupine collars and leads are great, plus they come with a lifetime guarantee even if chewed. They do loads of patterns/colours.

    As SLB suggested, take a look through the harness thread for reviews on various harness styles.
     
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    I use easydog harnesses and collars. Love them. Novak had camo and Bailey has brown lol.
     
  8. Randomly Set

    Randomly Set PetForums Senior

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    Looking at that harness thread, the "perfect fit" harness seems quiet popular.
     
  9. Wiz201

    Wiz201 PetForums VIP

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    just buy a puppy collar you can keep making new holes with until he grows. We did actually stop in a pet shop on the way home from getting Pippa our first dog, but it was a quiet small shop and it gave her some socialisation with the shop owner. I carried her around off the ground. I wouldn't do it in any busier places like pets at home though.
    You don't necessarily need a harness, you can teach lead walking with a well fitting collar and lead, and I'll try this first.
     
  10. sezeelson

    sezeelson PetForums VIP

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    They want to run him when he is an adult.

    It could be very dangerous running in a flat collar if he gets jolted or any sudden pressure on the neck can easily damage his throat and even cause thyroid issues as the thyroid glands are in the neck. I even recommend walking dogs on harnesses instead of collars as it can only take one incident to cause damage.

    I think the perfect fit harness is one of the best harnesses out there tbh and as it is all completely adjustable you genuinely do get the perfect fit :)

    I might suggest a leather rolled collar then if it is just for indoor use. They don't mark the fur like flat collars do which is probably important with a bedlington, I can't stand marked neck fur myself! ><
     
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    Wiz201 PetForums VIP

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    oh I missed that, ok. But to walk normally, a harness is not necessary in the beginning.
     
  12. happysaz133

    happysaz133 PetForums VIP

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    I actually like Pets at Home's own range of collars, some very nice designs :)
     
  13. Randomly Set

    Randomly Set PetForums Senior

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    Thanks for the info guys.

    Yes, I was thinking about neck marks with collars just for the house. I know the mrs would like him to have a tag on, but eventually I hope he doesn't have to wear a collar (I'm a bit OCD lol).

    We would probably walk him with a harness TBH. I know our lasses mother always walks her Yorkie on a harness, even though she is ok.

    I'd probably just use a collar when I do take him to work.
     
  14. Wiz201

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    Its the law for a dog to wear a collar and a tag out in public anywhere. I would take it off when he's in the house, but he needs to wear one outdoors. What if he gets scared and runs off, then you lose him?
    Here is one source to back up the fact
    http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/tra...ation-for-dog-owners/dog-identification-tags/
     
  15. Randomly Set

    Randomly Set PetForums Senior

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    Oh I know it is. Thought it went without saying that I'd put on a collar for walks, but he would be walked on the harness. Apologies for confusion. IMO, the collar will just be an "accessory", like a t shirt or jacket for him ;)
     
  16. SLB

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    Most puppy owners prefer to have a harness on a dog because it puts less strain on the dogs neck in the beginning when the puppy is all over the place. Most puppy owners don't start training nice LLW on day 1 because they are socialising their pup to the outside world.

    Puppies are nortorious for backing up when something scares them - in a collar, they could slip out easily, run into a road and be run over. In a harness, even though they are not slip proof it gives the owner more time to deal with the problem as the puppy will often struggle a bit, leaving time to get to puppy and restrain it before a disaster happens.

    Puppies also get giddy at new things and pull, with the correct harness, this will not affect their growing bodies. Collars and incorrect fitting harnesses can damage areas such as wind pipes and joints.

    Is it harmful to attach a leash to your dog

    So whilst it may not be necessary, it is probably more preferable. And yes I know, years ago, dogs didn't have harnesses.. but years ago, a lot of people didn't even walk them on a lead..

    My views have changed, mine were always on slip leads, but then I wanted a walking belt.. they had to go on harnesses for that because I bought the belt for walking them through areas they would pull my arm out if a ninja sheep or rabbit ran out. Less injury on my arms and less on their necks.
     
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    My dogs tags go on their harnesses. They do not need a collar :)
     
  18. sezeelson

    sezeelson PetForums VIP

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    That's what I do :)

    Rossi has an indoor collar as he has been known to get out the house before so I need something with his details on just in case! He also has a strongstuff collar as a precaution as he has broken leads and collars in the past and this collar is super tough!

    Raven is fine, and even if she does get out she has a sniff in the front garden and comes back in again! She only has a harness for walkies which her tag is attached too.

    Runa my pup has a little puppy harness with her tag attached too :) I have a small collar for her but it's purely to get her used to putting it on and off and the feeling of wearing one incase she does need one in the future.

    I'm not a collar fan if you can't tell :p
     
  19. happysaz133

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    By law, they are meant to have a collar on with a tag. But I personally have never seen it enforced!
     
  20. Alice Childress

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    That depends what you mean by necessary. Personally, I do not want a dog pulling on collar while we are training loose lead walking. In fact, I don't want them walking on a collar and lead until training is as close to perfect as it can be, and even then, the best train dog can unexpectedly pull and damage their necks.

    More and more trainers are recommending walking a dog on harness to avoid damage to dogs necks.
     
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