Well...I recieved my Gentle walker Easy harness today (super fast postage via Pet Wares Plus)...and OMG I am very suprised at how well it works It feels strange not to have any head control with Candy (much like walking a horse without a halter) and to start off I was a bit worried...thinking 'this won't work..she's too strong'.....but...WOW, I'm stoked!
Really? that's great. Tell us more Ozeymum
When she has the haltie on...she still pulls a fair bit and she doesn't pay attention to me...she's more interested in trying to get the haltie off with her 2 front paws! So when we heel, then stop...she dosn't sit immediately as her mind is elsewhere, I have to tell her, (and even make her at times). If I walk, then suddenly turn, she misses it and I have to pull her round.
Put this harness on her...and she pays attention to me, sits straight away when we halt (a slight pull on the harness easily corrects her if she *forgets to sit..no telling her to 'sit').
Come heeling and turns...she right there with me..YAYY.
I haven't used it while passing other dogs yet...that's when she really gets excitied...wanting to play. So that will be our next test.
Wow this sounds good!!! I might need to get one of those too. Zig walks pretty good on the lead most of the time. But when we go places we haven't been before and were everything is new than it is a struggle. And not only because she pulls but more because she suddenly stops to sniff on a leaf or whatever and I have to drag her along
BTW I order a lot of things via Pet Wares Plus and I can only recommend them! Super quick delivery and usually cheaper than other places
Thanks heaps Ozeymum,
I'll be giving it a go for sure. Lola is a lot like Candy. She used to be good but a big dog scared her one night while we were walking and she's been playing up since.
One thing i'm worried about though, is the harness rubbing under the arms. Misis 1st harness left sores under her arms, took forever to find the right one. The ones from the UK are padded under the arms....will have a think.
The "sensible" harness that I've got hasn't rubbed Frosty yet and she has a very short coat and hardly any hair under the arm pits. I only have it on when we're going for walks on lead. I don't leave it on as she can reach the strap around the chest (where the lead attaches) and chew on it if nobody is paying attention. It doesn't mean the harness is really annoying to her, well not any more than the lead itself - she's chewed two of those right through in seconds like she has scissors for a mouth, and gotten 3/4 the way through a rope horse lead - though this took much longer to achieve.
Whichever (front attach) harness you get - you can pad any sensitive areas with wraps made of neoprene or sheep skin or whatever works. The main thing would be not to leave it on all the time.
I saw an episode of Harry's Practice on Channel 9 Go! recently and it must have been old. It had the price of the brand new easy walk harness at around $60 Australian. Eek. Glad it's come down. I got the Sensible for $32 and it's doing a great job. If frosty lunges at something like a best friend or potential new friend or the gas meter reader, she ends up facing me not her target as the front attach rotates her effort around that point and back to me.
One of Frosty's other favourite tricks on walks is is to lie down and hug the ground. The harness, while not designed for this, does allow me to pull her along so she gets up and walks properly. But I think the contact I get with her through the lead reassures her and she pays more attention to the directions I give via the lead and harness (right turn Clyde)
I'll give them a call tomorrow. Hopefully i can pick one up instead of having it posted as i'm keen to try it on the weekend.
Oh, and yes I wouldn't leave it on either - walking only.
Let us know how you go Mags. I am curious to know if it works as well on Lola as it does on Candy!
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