Vets and Rescue Centres recommend use of harnesses

 

 

I STOCK FLEECE LINED HARNESSES AND DOUBLE ENDED TRAINING LEADS - CALL ME TO ARRANGE A FITTING FOR YOUR DOG. 

These are the best made harnesses I have come across and can be machine washed as often as necessary.  Otis has been using the same harness for over 2 years without any noticeable wear and tear.

RECOMMENDED BY VETS & RESCUE CENTRES, THESE HARNESSES ARE SOFT & COMFORTABLE WITH WIDE, THICK, PADDED STRAPS.

I strongly recommend that dogs wear comfortable and well-fitting harnesses when walking on a lead. Here are the reasons why :-

Escaping the pain Because dogs are required by (British) law to wear a collar with the owner's contact details on, it is very common for people to attach their dog's lead to the metal ring on the collar - after all the dog is always wearing it! However, collars give unpleasant and painful choking sensations to a dog's throat and neck when the dog pulls against the lead.

Posture affects behaviour Equipment also has a direct influence on the posture and behaviour of a dog. Any pressure on the dog's neck will trigger bracing through the body and can increase stress through pressure on the throat. Using a harness and flat collar connected by a double ended lead can significantly improve balance/posture and behaviour and allows much more influence over the dog. A double ended lead can also be taken around the dog's chest to make a Balance Leash, which is a quick and easy way to reduce pulling.

Attaching leads to collars can cause damage to your dogs eyes There is veterinary research to prove that when leads are attached to collars the build up of Intraocular Pressure causes eye damage to dogs with weak or thin corneas, glaucoma, and other eye conditions. In their research they compared the pressure to the dog's eyes when it was pulling on a collar (with a normal buckle) to when it was pulling on a harness. The results showed that eye pressure did not develop when the dog was wearing harness. As a result of this research, Veterinary Eye Specialists are actively encouraging dog owners to walk their dogs on harnesses.

Avoiding bad associations Many dogs build up bad associations from the unpleasant sensations of their collar. They begin to link either the environment or what they are doing with the choking pain they are experiencing and start to anticipate the situation by becoming either aggressive or fearful. For example - A puppy pulls on its collar and lead in its eagerness to get close to other dogs; it soon starts to associate being near other dogs with the nasty choking sensation it feels in the front of its neck; it then either barks or lunges at the dogs to try and make the pain go away, or it tries to escape from the other dog, only to have more pain in its neck from being restrained by the collar and lead. Properly fitting harnesses overcome this problem as the dog's weight is evenly distributed over the chest and shoulders when the dog tries to pull, and so it feels no pain or choking sensation around its neck.

Please call me to arrange a fitting and to discuss the many benefits of using a harness and double ended lead connection