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I have never bought or used a harness before and am now thinking about getting one for Zoey and had no clue there were so many different kinds!! Right now Zoey wears a martingale collar, and her leash pulling on walks has gotten considerably better, but is still no where near perfect. She is less acrobatic but the urge still creeps up every now and then, but we are working on it.

Lately I've been more and more worried about what seems like her super tiny neck! She still fits into Luke's original puppy collar (which he grew out of in a few weeks!). So, I was thinking about getting a harness for her. But I know sometimes it's easier to pull in a harness?? so I don't want that to happen. I thought about the easy walk harness. But I also want something that will be good for when we have her on the 50' long line, which I can't even use right now because all she runs and hits the end, and I'm not sure if the easy walk will be okay for using on a long line.

So, I guess what are everyones harness recommendations for our situation? And is a harness even what we need? I think I will mainly use it just for walks and long lines? Do those of you with harnesses use them all the time or just for certain situations? I've seen the easy walks, ones with mesh chests, step-ins, "standard", etc. I'm hoping to only have to buy one. Thanks for the help!
 

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The harness will just make her pull more, but I like step-in harnesses because my dog is shaped oddly and they are the only ones that fit her remotely well. I only use the harness when we bike, because she pulls hard sometimes and it helps keep her neck from getting hurt. Otherwise I prefer collars. I tried to walk her in the harness and it was a nightmare!
 

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I walk my dog in a harness and I don't think it makes her pull more...it just doesn't make her pull less either. ;p I just ended up teaching her LLW for the harness. I don't really see it as any different if you don't let her get away with more because it's not hurting her neck.

The one you buy really depends on what you want. You could get the Easy Walk if you want her to be easier to control (is she pulls a lot it's supposed to spin her around to face you...sometimes it really just tugs the harness out of position, though), but it does chafe some dogs under the armpits. I have one and use it without this problem, but thought it would be worth mentioning. I also have a Puppia soft harness that I sometimes use for walks but more often in situations where we're going to be away from home for a while and I want to have a lot of control to grab her if need be. It's much more comfortable for her to lie down in. I really wish I could find a soft harness with both a front and back attachment for the leash, but I haven't yet.

I know there are a few other types but I don't have experience with them so I'll let someone else take over from here. :)

EDIT to say I would not use the Easy Walk on a tie out...I think it would be too easy to get out of if she's not just walking beside you but running around and playing. It's not intended for that. I use the Puppia in this situation. Also, Sydney wears a large for Puppia's sizing and she weighs 20 pounds...it's hard to tell how big Zoey is in the picture, but they might not come big enough for her.
 

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I love my Ruffwear Webmaster harness. It is basically escape proof (a "step-in" harness can also be a "step-out" harness...), very durable, comfortable on the dog (Chester has even slept in it and has worn it for hours without any rubby spots), safe on a long line (I personally wouldn't use a front-attach harness on a long line) and I can even lift him by it (like dragging him out of a lake...) He can safely hit the end of the 50 ft leash on this harness (although obviously you have to watch that they don't tangle a leg in the line)

With a simple carabiner, it becomes a car harness (seat belt attached to harness or using a tether line to the child safety seat latch)

A lot of service dogs were them because they are comfortable enough to wear all day, every day.


 

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How big is she? I really have always had good luck with Puppia - but not sure how well they'd hold up to a larger dog (my guy is 16lbs and not a puller) and we use it for our long line. I've also really loved the Buddy Belt but it's not really an "active" harness IMO - it's leather, and it's soft enough that it seems comfy and it looks SUPER cool... but it's not one I'd choose if he were going to be getting really dirty and wet. And they're pricey. But I do really like it and I know it'll last a lifetime. I also believe it to be extremely safe and I really highly doubt he could ever escape it.

We have a regular old black nylon step-in harness as well from Petsmart but he's gotten out of it before. Step-ins can be tricky if you have an oddly shaped dog. He's actually slid out of a regular Puppia too (but I don't keep them super tight) and it happened once when I was pulling the leash towards me, and he was facing me, and I also just slipped it right over his head, lol. So sizing correctly makes a difference.

I've heard great things about Ruffwear and Ezydog too.

But the Puppia and Buddy Belt is what we primarily use. Puppia ends up being our "go-to" harness because I know it's very comfortable so he can wear it all day if he must, it's easy to wash, it dries out pretty quickly if wet, etc.
 

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Zoey is about 38 pounds right now, about 8 months old. I haven't measured her neck or girth or anything yet. Here's a picture that kind of shows her size and shape. She's very long and lean.



My biggest concern about something like the easy walk was functionality / versitility, and it sounds like that won't fit quite as well for what I think I'm looking for. I also thought the step-ins looked easier to slip out of and the way she jumps around sometimes, not something I'd want to risk.

Shell: I love the harness you have! I think it's maybe a little more than I need right now and a little expensive not knowing how big she's going to be full grown, but definitely one I will keep in mind for both my dogs in the future.

Are there some harnesses that you feel encourage pulling more than others (other than the ones obviously made for pulling activities)? If we end up with a harness we will definitely still be working on the LLW with the harness. Luckily her being smaller (at least for me compared to my 70 lb boy) is a little easier to continue working on LLW.

I like the look of this Ezydog harness but not sure if it would encourage pulling? I was reading the reviews and it didn't sound like it did? Again, would continue training and practicing LLW so maybe wouldn't be an issue?
 

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I have the EZ fit harness from EZDog. It is great. Slip over head and one clip under leg. Easy to put on and take off. My dog definitely plus less with a harness. My dog us 30 pounds and we bought the medium size.
 

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I think Roxie must pull because it feels different or something... She doesn't pull much on her collar, but add that harness and she pulls way more.
 

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I think Roxie must pull because it feels different or something... She doesn't pull much on her collar, but add that harness and she pulls way more.
I would think either because it isn't as uncomfortable to pull when the weight is pressing on her chest rather than her neck and/or you trained her in LLW using a collar and she just needs a refresher that LLW still applies when she's got a harness on. Sydney actually pulls much more with a collar on because she's used to going wherever she wants on a flexi for potty breaks, whereas everywhere else we go (where she's expected to walk nicely) she wears a harness.

I like the look of this Ezydog harness but not sure if it would encourage pulling? I was reading the reviews and it didn't sound like it did? Again, would continue training and practicing LLW so maybe wouldn't be an issue?
I can't imagine why it would more than any others. It does look really nice. :)
 

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I don't really care either way if she walks well on a harness honestly, the whole reason I bought it was for biking because she pulls when biking sometimes! Since she's 12 lbs it doesn't make much difference on a bike... Unless she sees a cat... Nearly pulled me over today going after the neighbor's cat lol!

As an aside, the weight pull harness I'm getting made for her has a chest plate like the EzyDog does... Very nice if you ask me, makes sense to have it. Wouldn't mind the reflective stitching either, she wears a reflective collar when we bike but the more the better!
 

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WWW.2houndsdesign.com has a no-pull harness that I am looking into. It gently tightens as the dog pulls. It is called the jelly bean harness. They are made to order. Their workmanship is great! I got Abbylynn's Martingale collar from there.

Eddee needs a harness other than the mesh step-in I just got him. He has a way of stepping out of it as so did Leeo. Attaching their collar to the harness as some folks do ... IMO defeats the purpose of having a harness to keep their neck safe. :)

EDIT: I forgot to mention there are two other no-pull harnesses they offer in many colors and the harnesses also have a front ring.
 

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Both Ma'ii and Charlotte, who are leash pullers, use the Easy-walk harnesses, which has really worked wonders for them both.
 

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For those that use a harness similar to the easy walk (the one girth strap and the chest strap) do you feel like your dog is secure in it? Zoey can do lots of "boucing around" at times and I'm wondering how that would effect keeping her in the harness? Also, do you use that type of harness for more than just leash walking?

Abbylynn: I like the one at 2HoundsDesign, I like that it has a front and back spot to clip to.

Thank you for all of the suggestions, it's so helpful hearing everyones different experiences.
 

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I personally did not love the Easy Walk. I actually returned it. Biscuit isn't really a puller these days; I bought the Easy Walk because it's much easier to put on than the harness we use (which is a basic H-harness by Rogz, bought on Amazon. I like it a lot and would recommend to anyone). I do think Biscuit was secure in the Easy Walk, but she seemed uncomfortable even with it properly adjusted - she would walk realllly slowly. Also, I like to run with the Bisc at least once or twice a week, and the Easy Walk specifically says it's only for walking. I think the design could cause rubbing and chafing if used for running.
 

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For those that use a harness similar to the easy walk (the one girth strap and the chest strap) do you feel like your dog is secure in it? Zoey can do lots of "boucing around" at times and I'm wondering how that would effect keeping her in the harness? Also, do you use that type of harness for more than just leash walking?
So long as the harness is on snug enough, it's fine. Atleast our two don't get out of them. We also use them when we go bike riding and the dogs run along next to the bike.
 

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Also, I like to run with the Bisc at least once or twice a week, and the Easy Walk specifically says it's only for walking. I think the design could cause rubbing and chafing if used for running.
Hmm, our dogs run with the easy walks on and they've never experienced an issue with chaffing or any kind of irritation.
 

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Hmm, our dogs run with the easy walks on and they've never experienced an issue with chaffing or any kind of irritation.
Yeah, I imagine it varies by dog. The Amazon reviews are full of complaints about that, though, and the package insert says "walking only" essentially...but as I said, it didn't work for us for other reasons as well. If we had a pulling dog, I would probably be singing a different tune!
 

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I use a Sporn harness for Max - he doesn't pull at all with it on. The Gentle Leader harness was useless - he would always get one leg over the leash and it totally defeated the purpose.
 
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