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    Hi,

    I have recently adopted a gorgeous little 12 month old rescue dog named Harley. He is fast becoming my new exercise buddy and loves jogging/running with me around the lake although he is very eager and often outruns me, pulling on his collar.

    I am worried about it hurting his neck as he's only little but have read differing views on whether it's best to have him on a collar or a harness, and similarly if it is a harness whether to get a chest clipping one or a back clipping one. Does anyone on here know which is the best and safest option for the dog?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Hi, welcome to the forum.

    The chest clipping ones are great if your dog is pulling against you while your walking ...it spins them around if they pull to hard. I'd think it might get in the road of your dogs legs too if you end up with any slack in the lead. Not ideal and could lead to it getting caught up or tripping even.

    I'd say the back clipping one would be the best bet for jogging ..... but i'm no jogger LOL.

    But yeah, a good fitting harness would be better than a collar in my opinion. What sort of size or breed is your pooch ?


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    Hi Sean,

    Thank you for the reply. He's a little terrier, they think Foxy x Jack Russell. Yes I think you're right, a harness with a back clip might be best. He doesn't pull constantly (walking is fine he just gets overly excited when we start running) but once he gets used to my slightly slower pace I think having the lead at the back so as not to be near his legs when it's loose would be better. Now to find the right brand! If anyone has any recommendations on that I'd be grateful also.

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    Hi pennyvic

    I think training might be a better answer. It will be tedious until he gets it but when he does - a flat collar will be fine and he won't pull.

    Ie if he starts pulling and you keep going - you're rewarding the pulling.

    This is the trouble shooting loose lead walking episode
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHwu0T7PoSw

    So you have to teach him that even when he's excited - he needs to be with you. So every time he gets out in front - stop - wait for him to come back - or start off the other way - and then try again.

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    A back clipping harness will be more than good enough for a JRT sized dog but you should also invest in some training (as mentioned above) to help keep him from pulling. The good news is terriers (while willing, cheeky and at times plain naughty) are also willing to please so training him to trot along side you should be a piece of cake.

    Good luck and enjoy - He'll be the best personal trainer you'll ever have.

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    Thank you Hyacinth and Scottsmum for your replies that's a great help. I know what you mean about the willingness to please, I'm amazed at how well behaved he has been and what he has already picked up in just the last two weeks (sitting, coming when called, house trained etc).

    But yes further training is definitely in my plans, I'm hoping to sign us up to an 8 week course very soon, I think he'll be a fabulous student. Thanks again everyone, I'm so happy I found this site it's such a great resource

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    The chest clipping ones are great if your dog is pulling against you while your walking ...it spins them around if they pull to hard.
    spinning such a small dog at pace and the fact those harnesses pull the front legs in to make it uncomfortable is not a good recipe for a little terrier in particular.

    Get a wide flat collar, teach him there is a limit to the leash by calling him back to you when he strays too far and constantly praising him while he's in your 'zone' to help him understand where he's actually meant to be on a walk. You dont need more equipment you need to train him, it's only because he doesnt know any better.
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    the fact those harnesses pull the front legs in
    I'm not sure the one I have works that way. It goes all the way around her middle behind her armpits with one strap across the chest joined outside the shoulders. I suppose if there was a lot of tension it could put some pressure on shoulders - but its the same kind of rig that rescuers use to winch humans and some critters out of holes and up cliffs...

    But I agree that a flat collar and training would be best for this situation.

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    I'm not sure the one I have works that way. It goes all the way around her middle behind her armpits with one strap across the chest joined outside the shoulders. I suppose if there was a lot of tension it could put some pressure on shoulders - but its the same kind of rig that rescuers use to winch humans and some critters out of holes and up cliffs...
    The front attach harnesses are not all about pivot points they actually work also by placing pressure on the front legs which pushes them slightly forward and inward. I've seen ones with that loop in them as well that tightens.

    A moving dog, particularly running requires full range of motion. Something that constricts the full front to back swing of the leg while doing exercise is going to cause the body to put compensatory pressure on other parts not made to take it and it can cause damage long term. A wide flat collar distributes pressure if there is any.
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    Something that constricts the full front to back swing of the leg while doing exercise
    It's not supposed to do that. The whole thing is pretty loose most of the time. Especially if she's off lead.

    I've been using it a bit lately because she's taken to being rude to poodle crosses at the park and tripped me over another dog backwards having a go when I wasn't paying full attention.

    So far she's getting the idea that unfamiliar poodle x do not need her attention - no matter how rude they are.

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