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    Well Sammy is off-lead for the most part, has a perfect recall and walks very nicely. However of course it is illegal to have your dog off-lead in most areas so I thought that maybe something like this could be perfect for him. You can walk along comfortably holding his collar at the moment because he's so tall but it is a bit inconvenient and well it seems to make people feel uncomfortable (almost like I'm barely holding my doberman back from eating them etc). Has anyone ever seen anything like this? I also like it because the harness can also function as a seatbelt which is something I have been meaning to implement for a while.

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    Had not seen those before. My only comment is that that harness design doesn't look like it would stay in place very well. It would probably slide sideways...

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    Why don't you just buy a normal leash and only unleash the dog when you are in a legal off leash area?

    We already have a bare minimum of areas where we can legally take our dogs, people who do not follow leash laws etc make us all look bad and often ends with further tightening of the laws.

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    I always do use a lead where required. But for example, say you are going on a bushwalk as I was just this weekend, and there are sections that you must traverse to reach other off-lead areas. Now every other dog owner I saw had their dog off-lead, but I put Sammy on-lead (it was my first time there). Now if he had one of these collar things, I could just grab him for that duration and then release him straight away. It just seemed handy - especially given that long leads are just annoying, there's too much lead when your hand can already reach his collar. I wasn't suggesting it as an alternative to having him on-lead where required. I don't hold his collar right now instead of leashing him, that's just what I do in off-lead areas where people make it obvious that they don't want him near their dog (it's part of owning these sorts of breeds I think).
    Like we were at the beach on Sunday, off-lead, and a person with a small dog was approaching. They saw Sammy, panicked as they tend to do and started trying to call their dog. Their dog had zero recall and was approaching Sammy, so I called Sammy to me and grabbed his collar. I kept walking along, and the guy by this stage was desperately calling his dog, positive Sammy would eat him or something as soon as he was close enough. The little dog started barking at Sammy, so I told him to bugger off and he ran back to his owner. Now obviously I don't have the highest regard for this owner, but there are so many like that so why fight it. I just thought if Sammy had something like an extendable handle on his collar, those situations could be less stressful.

    Anyway, was just wondering whether anyone had had experience with them - were they sturdy etc. I wouldn't be using the harnass except in the car.

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    I would be worried that Frosty would hook herself up wearing one of those things. And bash me up, she loves a lean in.

    Is there some reason just grabbing the collar isn't enough that you want a raised handle (hazard) as well?

    I find calling my dog back and putting her in a drop and on lead is usually sufficient to deal with new small dog owners. It does seem like this particular one has more of a problem with how hisdog greets others - hence the panic. Ie not so much worried about your dog as his dog provoking yours.

    Daylight savings is coming soon. And winter. Will be far fewer dog ignorant people at the beach.

    Which beach do you like going to? I go to Tennyson on the weekends, and West Beach or Somerton on weekdays depending on how far I feel like driving.

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    Just saw it and thought that it might be handy lol but I can be a bit of a sucker for gimmicks which is why I posted here before I bought one. I guess I'll just stick to the typical set up. Yeah I don't know if it's because Sammy is entire or because he struts a bit lol but he seems to irritate a lot of small dogs. You often see them charging the larger dogs and the larger dogs running away, but the problem seems to be that Sammy ignores almost all dogs under shoulder height, and this seems to really annoy them.

    I live relatively close to West Beach so we go there a lot, but also we've been to O'Sullivans Beach a few times, Glenelg in the early mornings (if you're there at like 7am Saturday you'll see us, Sammy comes with me to Boot Camp and joins in half the activities). I don't think I've been to Tennyson, but I always love checking out new places so might have to give it a go

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    I have a short, about one foot lead with no handle, just a knot for that purpose..i use it for training when the dogs are not 100%..I use it to get a quick hold. Mine are very bright coloured, because it is hard to find collars in newfie hair. And they do not catch on anything.

    But I am very strict, if it is an "on lead area" I will always have my dogs on lead.

    I hope that my very large dogs do not meet those charging little dogs, because my Rescue newfie girl is very well behaved, unless a dog charges her. That is why she is on lead under my control and she is good at "leave it"...only my really well behaved socially well mannered dogs are allowed off lead around other dogs, they don't care if dogs charge.........I would not be too pleased if a dog charged at me.
    Good for Sammy not being bothered
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    Hi 99bottles

    If you still want a harness with a grab handle...

    Nylon Dog harnesses K9 Pro Australia

    Those ones look good.

    Sammy ignores almost all dogs under shoulder height
    I do remember meeting at least one dobe like dog at West Beach and Frosty got completely ignored, which was disappointing but didn't bother her much. She likes foraging or just sniffing almost as much as zoomies with the right dog.

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    Ooh what does Frosty look like? It may very well have been Sammy, was it a chocolate like doberman dog? And was he the handsomest dog you have ever seen? If it was recently though the dobe would have been accompanied by a slightly smaller ridgeback type pup who spends almost all of her time trying to get Sammy's attention, but he ignores puppies too (maybe they're too small for him...)

    That looks like the harnass we had for Sammy's ruffwear backpack. Unfortunately he broke that by running through the bushes But I'm going to buy him a new one anyway, it was too handy. I wanted the grab thing on the collar, but I think I've given up on that idea. There's a sale on the leather collars at k9 pro so I think that's the answer. Zoe's neck grows by a good 2 inches every night (I wish I was joking) so I think I'll just buy 2 of the same size and be done with it.

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    Dobe and ridge back puppy, I've definitely met you guys. Click on my profile and Frosty Album to see what she looks like, she's a very distinctive looking dog. She played with the puppy or tried to. Was near the surf club I think.

    Frosty eats leather things - so I'm not sure how long a leather collar, lead or harness would last with her. Mind you she hasn't eaten the swag straps I've left where she can get them.

    I think if your dog managed to break a product from K9pro - they'd want to know and they'd probably replace it. With Steve - it's all about quality and robustness. Though I still like the k9royale crates better than his.

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