Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: Dog harnesses- whose a fan?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Bunbury
    Posts
    1,378

    Default Dog harnesses- who's a fan?

    This is by a very well known trainer. I have recently gone back to harness and this is why I was looking for info
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPuf_nhUmE0
    Last edited by farrview; 01-20-2015 at 05:04 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Posts
    14

    Default

    We use a Freedom No Pull harness due to a boisterous golden

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    VIC
    Posts
    2,788

    Default

    I like the idea of harnesses, and on a well trained dog I would prefer one over a collar. However for training they're useless, and considering every time i take Koda out, I'm doing training... I don't use his harness any more. He has one the same as in that video, he is very comfortable in it, but he's comfy in anything really...

    He gets walked on a check chain at the moment, on orders from Nehkbet. Which is working brilliantly for him, although he doesn't pull on lead normally, the check chain is for quick corrections... its a training tool.

    I have to admit, through work I've grown to hate harnesses, some of them are so ridiculously complicated, there have been a few times i've had to get the owner to come and put it on their dog themselves because I just can't figure it out!! Stupid things

  4. #4

    Default

    I use one on our lab pup... if I walk her with just lead/collar, she is all over the place, and as she is quite strong, she pulls me around. I have a harness that goes around the neck and over the nose, and she is so much easier to walk while she's wearing that.
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=7912&dateline=1420265  941

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    33

    Talking

    Our dog Jessie that she pulls like a train at 18 months old and is very strong and will pull my daughter along.....we found out that the previous owner who had her as a puppy went to a trainer but was more interested in running after her kids than training her and did not do the proper training with her so consequently she pulled on a collar so the girl put a harness on Jessie which in turn taught Jessie to pull.....we have tried everything from food to stopping and turning around when she pulled and this has not stopped her at all.....we now walk her in a halti which my daughter is able to walk nicely with her but Jessie hates it.....we got the gentle leader that is at the front of the chest and even though Jessie still pulls a little is much more enjoyable to walk so with only a little pulling we use the gentle walker.....we do however use harnesses on all 3 of our dogs for tracking but they are on a 10m lead and have to be out in front and they pull like trains but we can still track with them like this so I would say I am not a fan of harnesses for walking or doing training with our dogs anyway and this is just my opinion with my experiences with a dog that was put in a harness because the people were too lazy to train her the correct way

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    VIC
    Posts
    2,788

    Default

    Everyone says that no pull harnesses and halti head collars are the lazy option for people with dogs that pull. And I guess that would be true for many people who just want an easy fix. Koda used to be terrible at pulling on lead, i used to get blisters on my hands from him pulling so much. Harnesses didn't do much for him, I tried a Halti head collar, and that worked brilliantly, I guess you could say that I took the easy way out, but just by using it, he seemed to learn that its better if he doesn't pull... and now days he's really good at walking next to me without pulling at all. I no longer need to use his halti at all, haven't used it in years!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Bunbury
    Posts
    1,378

    Default

    I think halters are so much better than yanking them around. Like you say once they get the hang of it walking is no longer an issue and the harness is not needed.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Southern NSW
    Posts
    3,784

    Default

    Front-end harnesses are great for training and I use them on Rescue newfies that pull like trains to re-educate. Also a pair of great danes right now
    Pets are forever

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Bunbury
    Posts
    1,378

    Default

    When Maggie was about 8 months old we went to a local pet supplies to get a halti ( I was fed up with being pulled). The staff fitted it and she flattened herself on the floor and refused to move. Not for treats, not for anything, not in about 20 minutes of really trying to reassure her.. I suppose I could have persisted but it didn't feel right. Hence the front harness.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Southern NSW
    Posts
    3,784

    Default

    I love them.....My preferred method is training puppies from day one to like to be beside me or on a losse lead, but when you get dogs to retrain that really pull it gives you some physics to help. If you are into horses it is like putting pressure on the horse in front of the girth..front end yield. If they are really bad they do sometimes spin right around. i also do it with timing, i check them just as the front leg on my side is back. i do not do hard pulls, I do checks in a rhytmic fashion. And as always try to get back to it being loose.reward the correct position and make it fun to be there. I had one dog that used to pull so hard (newf) but by using the front end harness and rewarding with a treat everytime he was with me, he just loved being beside me and hoping to get the treat.....but the one day he did an unexpected quick lunge he surprised himself as he ended up facing me. They have to be fitted correctly and i like attaching mine to a flat collar at the same time. many epople do not like this, but it stops the movement to the shoulder..i also like it for security. I have no issue with them

    That said the best way to teach a dog to pull is to use a harness that attaches via the back to your lead...our dogs that do carting and drafting, pull as soon as they have their harness on and can feel some pressure from behind and get their cue..just like sleigh dogs pull. But front-end is totally different..........Our water harnesses have both frontend, backend and side attachements (for pulling people out of the water), great for training, they come from Europe and the USA.........they even have a good handle on to hold (like guide dogs). So it depends on which harness you are talking about
    Pets are forever

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •