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    Default Best Front Attach Harness

    Hi,

    This is part of the continuing saga of Geoff the Airedale.

    I would like to get a front attaching harness for him. For 85% of the time, he walks really well on a lead. Not pulling, checking in, all the right moves. However, if he sees a rabbit, possum or small critter of any type he just bolts. And then coughs because of his collar.

    We are working leave it, but he is still only a baby, and so I would rather be safe than sorry.

    Many thanks for your assistance.

    Regards

    Curly Girl.

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    Hi,
    I did some research as I am trying to buy two for my dogs.

    Two major one are Gentle Leader-Easy walk dog harness and Sense-ible no pull dog harness. The concept is very much same except gentle leader has martingale style loop in the front and the other one has just a ring (I think).

    You can youtube gentle leader. I am not sure about Sense-ible at youtube, but I am going to buy sense-ible as people review their harness tends to keep the shape better.
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    Dog Harness, Dog Training Supplies | Sense-ible and Sense-ation Dog Harness

    I have the sensible.

    I've heard some people have had success with the "easy walker" made by the same people that make gentle leader.

    And there is a mob called "black dog" in victoria that make a front attach too.
    Their front attach harness is called "balance".
    Black Dog Wear - Harnesses

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    I used the easy walker for a while. Stopped using it when I noticed a bit of a sore where it rubbed under my dogs front legs. If your dog has longer hair, it might be ok. But I wouldn't recommend it for a short haired dog.

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    Just a few questions before I finalise my order.

    zif and Hya,

    do you find the material stretch quickly? unlike sense-ible, Easy Walk seems needing adjustment on two places (you know those black plastic things) for both chest and front. I understand this mechanism can be a problem in terms of fitting nicely around chest for harness, therefore perhaps frequent adjustment and rubbing? What is your opinion on this?

    I had another look for those and my understanding for them was limited ^^^^ there.
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    I had the same prob with the easy walker. I found the Sporn Halter harness worked best for us.

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    The sensible can rub a bit, but she only wears it walking to and from the park. You can't leave it on a lot and you need to "work" it so the dog is encouraged not to pull.

    I had mine correctly fitted by a delta trainer who sells them in my town. There are three places where you can adjust the sensible, ie where it goes over the back, and where it goes under the belly - these should be equal lengths and should be able get a thumb in when the dog is sitting. The last adjust is across the front of the chest. Again - fairly loose. But does help if the person who sells it, helps you fit it.

    With the gentle leader noseband - the person who sold it to me had NFI how to fit it and adjusted it way too loose, and that's how I see most of them fitted and they twist around the dog's face and don't work as designed and sometimes cause eye damage and skin rubs. If you can get a thumb in the bit that goes behind the dog's ears, it's too loose. But we don't use the noseband anymore as my dog and I hate it.

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