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    Default Halter for a small dog?

    I'm having a little bit of trouble with Chopz and walkies. We haven't yet master loose leash walking, which is part of the problem.

    At the moment, I have a harness for him that is kind of like this. Ie; it goes around his legs/ chest.

    The problem is, because he is so little (Foxy/JRT cross we think), his breastbone - I don't know else to describe it - is quite low. The harness seems to slip up, and end up around his throat. As I said, no loose leash yet for him - he is a bit of a puller, and when the halter moves, it starts to kind of choke him. It doesn't happen all the time, only every now and again, it seems like it is in the wrong position.
    Duke has the exact same harness in a larger size, and it fits him perfectly - no problems at all.

    Anyhow, I decided to buy him a Halti instead. I thought I was so clever. He hated it, and scratched at it, and without me realising, hooked part of the halter over one of his teeth and chewed straight through it before we even got to the end of the street. Luckily I figured it out before he did, otherwise he might have been tempted to embrace his "freedom".

    So, I wondered if anyone else has had a similar problem and can suggest a harness or similar that would be suitable for my little guy?
    I really think it has to do with his body/bone structure, so something designed for a little dog would probably be ideal.

    ETA: I wrote halter, but I guess I meant harness.
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    Sorry...I use a harness for my little girl and I am quite happy for her to pull...shes tiny so loose leash walking isnt important for me when it comes ot her.

    Personally, I dont like head collars on small dogs. It would be too easy to accidentally be a bit rough and they are much easier to injure than a larger dog.

    Hopefull someone can help you though
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    I just purchased a halti to use with my dog Rex, i love it - he hates it lol, and for the first few times using it he would roll around on the grass whilst we walked to try and get it off & he would scratch at it with his foot and get his bloody leg stuck in it! He's alright now, i just give him a treat when it goes on and give him lots of praise and pats whilst we walk.

    Molly has this has this harness: Easy Walk Harness, No-Pull Dog Harness: Standard, Reflective or ECO it's a front attaching harness and it does stop the pulling (she will walk loose lead with a slip chain on) her previous harness was a back attaching harness, and the dog's tend to pull more with those types.

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    Try a Black Dog Training Halter. They fit more firmly than a Halti and are made of cotton so don't slip like nylon. If your dog resents the halter it is NOT because it hurts the dog, it is because the halter works to give you more control and the dog is resenting the loss of control. My own Mini Foxy/JRT cross has a Micro sized Black Dog halter. She deals with it perfectly. The halter doesn't hurt a dog any more than a bra hurts a woman. It's just "there".

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    There is a third head collar and that is the Gentle Leader. We recommend and sell this item over the Halti and Black Dog simply because we find the dogs have a harder time getting it off their face.

    All dogs will resent the head collar when first put on. Like men made to wear a tie for the first time - it is restrictive, constrictive ( tight around the neck) and at first, uncomfortable.

    But we all get used to wearing our ties and at the end of the day are rewarded by being able to take them off. When I retired I rewarded myself by cutting every last one of ties in half.

    If used only as a training tool, a head halter can be used to teach loose lead walking. It needs to be used only when you go for a walk and comes off the minute you walk back in the door.

    I have a wolf hound in at the moment and on a flat collar he has me skidding down the alley way. Put the head collar on and he is meek and mild.
    Nev Allen
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    I am not having much luck.
    Since this post, I have tried another body harness, and a Gentle Leader, and still no luck.
    The other harness was just a Rogz one that seemed as though it sat lower at his chest, but didn't, and we still had the choking problem.

    The Gentle Leader has the straps positioned differently, so he couldn't chew them, but he really hated it so much that he was hurting himself trying to get it off.
    I realise that he won't necessarily take to it right away, and they require a bit of persistence, but he scratched his face, and then rubbed his snout along the concrete, and took skin off his little nose and made it bleed. I couldn't bear it.

    I've been thinking about trying the Sporn harness, but honestly, I think I am going to make my own. I know exactly how I want it to sit on him, and I am planning to go to Spotlight, buy some stuff, and give it a go. I've wasted enough money already, what's a little more?

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    I had problems finding a halter to fit my Chihuahua, he pulls when walking and anything near his throat brings on horrendous coughing fits. I bought a Puppia harness which is very wide and sits quite low, but is very snug. I bought it from Petbarn and actually took Denzel in with me and tried on a few before buying the Puppia. It has been great so far.
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    When using a halti or similar don't let the dog rub his face or use his paws to get it off. When he struggles lift it up, thereby raising his snout for a few seconds, when he relaxes let it go loose. They soon learn that they can't get it off and accept it. Worked for me. I like the gentle leader as the snout part fits higher up and more snugly. I don't like those that pull at the back. The control isn't direct and to me seems much more ineffective.

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