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    Awesome news, Bernie. And really well done on reinventing yourself yet again! Dogs and kids have a knack of sending us on a steep learning curve again and again.

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    Just thinking are there light reinforced work boots that you could use while he is learning?

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    Flip flops .... your such a POM still Bernie !!

    Thongs !!! Women.. Thongs !!! at worse chinese safety boots !!!!

    And i'm entitiled to hack on ya been the ex Kiwi i am . I stopped calling them Jandals when i got of the ruddy plane !

    Thongs !!!


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    Hi Bernie, so happy to read your updates!
    Could you please post more info about the special harness that you found? I think I could use one of those for Hooch.
    Thanks!

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    The harness is called a Easy Walk Harness, Gentle leader, Beau Pets on the box. Cost $35.50, twas the only one avail on a sunday morning.

    I cant call them thongs, < thats a G string! lol

    I have some posh new crocks for foot wear. Not exactly safety boots, but im generally bare foot at home, so these are easy to slip on/off if i leave the deck. As that's the signal, that im going somewhere, and clearly, they dont trust me to leave the property without them, so gang up on me at the gate from deck to garden.

    Steep learning curve indeed Beloz. Some dogs you cant give away LMAO.

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    hi Bernie

    As long as you get a harness that clips on the chest of the dog - that should give you some leverage on him - like a wheelbarrow pivot gives you leverage...

    The one I was going to recommend if I hadn't been away from computer for weekend... was a sensation front attach from softouchconcepts.com
    Softouch Concepts, Inc - SENSE-ationĀ® Harness

    I've got the "sensible" one - but it has narrower straps and for bigger dogs - the one with wider straps is better.

    Blackdog also make a front attach harness. Actually they make one with two attach points - one for sled dog on the back between the shoulder blades and one at the front for control.

    If you still feel you need to find him a new home - maybe ask some DDB breeders for help. Sometimes they have a breed club which has a rescue part of it. Ie they get enquiries for that breed specifically for people who want them.... so they can help find homes.

    Sad about the couple who didn't really understand about their dog and Brian but probably for the best that he came home. I think that's the best way. It sucks when the dog is (re)homed by someone who couldn't care less and the dog ends up PTS at the pound because the new owners can't handle the dog. Happens a lot with the staffy crosses and some of the herding breeds.

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    I had a contract, that i would not release the transfer of sale, till they had trialled him for 6 wks. If both parties are happy, then i would sign over ownership. Part of that was to stipulate, rehome only back to me. And they did as i asked keenly, stating they could see i had the dogs best interests at heart.
    Thought the contract up with a glass of chardy, as opposed to solictor. But had signature's witnessed. I was kinda paranoid. Large dog, huge publicity about dog napping, fighting etc.
    thankyou hyacynth for the link. The harness i have bought as a 'Crisis Intervention' temp measure, will be more temp than i anticipated. Reason being, is when ive tested this harness, when Brian has lunged into the lake, he has jumped, gone into the air, spun around to face me and lands. Very confused as to how he got there, he was expecting to be nice n wet in lake with me swearing at him as i come to the surface!

    So the not so 'gentle leader' suggestion was a crock of shit from the manufacturers packaging. Not that i have a problem with Brian experiencing this short sharp shock act of god type training. Revenge n all that for dunking me last winter lol
    But will need something like a neoprene harness, if its to hold him fast during the lunge, whilst not cutting into his skin. As gentle leader is nasty, too thin width nylon. its a LOT of weight going into under the arms. And on a dog like Brian, you have to watch his sensitive skin, which will break down on over rubbing. He's a ginger.

    Today, Brian broke n entered into a wombat's den. Mum had babies, and was not friggin happy! I heard a lot of noise in the bracken, couldnt see jack as it was not sun up, massive snarling wombat mum is clearly chasing him through the dense bracken, suddenly he appeared and slammed into me, no injuries. he scooted out of the wombat's den like a bat out of hell. I got a great laugh, and a great start to the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    hi Bernie

    As long as you get a harness that clips on the chest of the dog - that should give you some leverage on him - like a wheelbarrow pivot gives you leverage...

    The one I was going to recommend if I hadn't been away from computer for weekend... was a sensation front attach from softouchconcepts.com
    Softouch Concepts, Inc - SENSE-ationĀ® Harness

    I've got the "sensible" one - but it has narrower straps and for bigger dogs - the one with wider straps is better.

    Blackdog also make a front attach harness. Actually they make one with two attach points - one for sled dog on the back between the shoulder blades and one at the front for control.

    If you still feel you need to find him a new home - maybe ask some DDB breeders for help. Sometimes they have a breed club which has a rescue part of it. Ie they get enquiries for that breed specifically for people who want them.... so they can help find homes.

    Sad about the couple who didn't really understand about their dog and Brian but probably for the best that he came home. I think that's the best way. It sucks when the dog is (re)homed by someone who couldn't care less and the dog ends up PTS at the pound because the new owners can't handle the dog. Happens a lot with the staffy crosses and some of the herding breeds.
    hey, this harness is a replica of the one i bought cheaper. Same nasty nylon. Diffence is point that mine connects to harness has a martingale feature, to reduce sudden impact, that is missing in the linked model.
    And whilst link provides lovely colours, mine is filthy after one use, so colour is irrelevant to us.

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    when Brian has lunged into the lake, he has jumped, gone into the air, spun around to face me and lands.
    Hmm, tricky - all the front attach harnesses will have this effect unless you keep the dog really close to you all the time - until they learn that's what you want.

    Frosty has done the flying launch and swing around - when she was going after a cat - across the road. I didn't feel all that guilty - but there was no way I could have held against that launch without that harness. We don't use it much at the moment as she's been quite good and I've anticipated problems and headed them off. Better than being yanked up by the neck I reckon.

    But the more run up they get in a launch - the more momentum they build and the more force it takes from you to stop the dog. But if they can't get a run up because the lead is too short or they're already at the end of it with your arm out... then they can't build some much momentum in the launch.

    It's like if you have the front of your car right up against a wall when you accidentally hit the accelerator - than if you start from 1m back from the wall. The amount of damage you do with the longer run up is much more than when you have no run up.

    Hope that makes sense. It wouldn't hurt to put neoprene or sheepskin over the webbing of a harness - or you could maybe plait something up with some 5ml bungee cord and encase that in neoprene or sheepskin... Or even a bungee lead rope of plaited bungee cord...

    I use horse lead rope with knots in it at the lead lengths I want to hold her at - short, medium and long.

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    I've had Banjo do a half summersault and land on her back when lunging at the end of a lead on flat collar. My guilt was easily overidden by that sweet feeling of revenge too. Haha! That was in her younger days though. She still embarrasses me regularly on and off lead, but knows how to not risk injury now.

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