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  • Best Harness??

    Hi,

    We are getting a Dane in 4 weeks and I'm trying to decide the best collar or harness to get. We have small children so I was thinking maybe a harness with the handle on it to pull her back if needed would be best. I just don't want it to be counter productive. I was also looking at the Mendota slip lead as well. What would you recommend? Thanks

  • #2
    I am waiting to talk to my trainer to see her preference. However, i am currently looking at going with the balance harness http://www.balanceharness.com/balance-with-buckle-neck/

    or a harness from http://www.dtdogcollars.com/Nylon-Harnesses-s/162.htm

    I do prefer the no-pull harnesses for training(attachment in front).
    my eventual goal being that I have him in a slip collar like this
    http://www.ruffwear.com/Just-a-Cinch-Dog-Leash

    unless i do therapy work and stick with a harness with a holder.


    Hope that helps…I am in the same boat.


    Not sure you will get a straight answer as the archives are of varying opinions as well!

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    • #3
      We really like the EZ Walk harness because it is front-hooked, meaning the dog will be directed back toward you if it pulls. I read that back-hook harness were made for sled dogs and actually encourage pulling. Maude doesn't pull because we worked really hard on loose-leash training when she was little, but I feel better knowing I can pull her back safely if I need to, like someone runs a stop sign (which happens a lot). Folks also like the Freedom Harness and our trainer recommended a Halti if the EZ walk didn't work out. Just remember that there is no magic harness that will stop a dog from pulling and leash training is essential. Good luck!
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      • #4
        I don't know if it is hte "best" harness, but we've had great luck with the Kurgo Tru-Fit Harness.

        http://www.chewy.com/dog/kurgo-tru-f...astic/dp/39753
        My lovely girl, Finley.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by FinleysWorld View Post
          I don't know if it is hte "best" harness, but we've had great luck with the Kurgo Tru-Fit Harness.

          http://www.chewy.com/dog/kurgo-tru-f...astic/dp/39753

          Did you go with the XL?

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          • #6
            I just got a balance harness a few days ago and I really like it. It is very adjustable and very well made. I also like that I can use the front loop, the back loop or both. I got the largest one and right now it is adjusted quite small, so I expect it to last into adulthood, as Gus is 7 1/2 months and probably close to 30 inches and 100 pounds.

            I also liked the pretty colors!
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            • #7
              We used an Easy Walk harness with Clark and it was excellent! He has recently outgrown it, however, and now we will have to find a different kind as he was already wearing the XL.

              Clark is a mid-sized, 2.5 year old male dane.

              Good luck!
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              • #8
                My family presented me a puppy. I am very happy) But they forgot about the harness. So, I chose Ruffwear front range) Hope it will be good for my boy)
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                • #9
                  We use a basic nylon slip collar in conjunction with loose leash training (we went to a professional trainer since Spencer is our first XL breed) and he does very well. I can see a handle on a harness being beneficial with small children. Hopefully you won't need it long with consistent training. The slip lead is one of the only tools that makes me feel comfortable walking Spencer myself and knowing I can keep him next to me if he were to try to bolt (he outweighs me). Fingers crossed, he's never seen a squirrel he can't resist - yet.

                  We did have the EZ walk harness for my husky/collie rescue and loved it. However we found she started pulling less using a basic collar and leash, after putting her through training with our Dane (Dane was a pup, she was about 4 years old). Then again, our trainer was very anti-harness. If you go with a harness, I definitely recommend one that pulls from the front, not the back.

                  Good luck!

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                  • #10
                    Leather Harness

                    We like this harness for Jett. It's super adjustable. I think it weighs about 2 lbs, however. https://boldleaddesigns.com/shop/new...t-clip-design/

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