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Collar versus Front-Lead Harness

By August 13, 2011March 26th, 2015No Comments

At New York Dog Nanny we require that all of our dogs are walked using a harness or front-lead harness? It’s not uncommon for a dog to slip out of its leash in a flash of fear, excitement or even an oversight on securing the collar. Since we are committed to ensuring your dog is safe while in our care, we have made it a policy to have all dogs have a harness while we walk them. A particularly great harness is the front-lead harness. Equally important is to get the assistance of a pet-store employee to help you purchase the proper size. Nothing is worse than an ill-fitting harness. One that is too large poses the problem of dogs backing out of them and escaping. Contrarily, one that is too tight may chaff the dogs skin.

Lastly another consideration is the fabric which the harness is made out. NYDN recommends on that is comfortable to your hand that we ourselves would feel comfortable against our own skin. If the edges are rough to the touch, consider how this friction is going to affect your pooches comfort wearing the harness and all the time you may spend trying to chase him/her around your home trying to put it on your pup. If your dog is doing this, chances are 1) either he/she needs more play time/attention or 2) if its harness related, it could be due to discomfort. Nevertheless, one solid harness is the one below:

The Gentle Leader Easy Walk Harness from Premier will instantly, painlessly and effectively make leash walking more pleasant and safer for you and your dog!

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The Easy Walk Harness prevents your dog from pulling on the leash: This no-pull harness works because the leash connection ring is ingeniously located on the center of the chest strap. When your dog pulls on the leash, he will be guided back towards you, which will gently discourage him from pulling on the leash. (For Extreme Pullers, or Aggressive Dogs, You May Prefer the Gentle Leader Head Halter.)
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The Easy Walk Protects your dog’s neck: Attaching the leash at the chest also prevents pressure over your dog’s throat and neck, which is especially important for toy breeds that can be susceptible to tracheal damage.
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Premier Easy Walk front-attachment harness features:
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The chest loop closure helps prevent gapping and shifting and makes the harness more effective.
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The complementary color of the belly strap makes it easier to put on. (All colors have a contrasting-colored belly strap except the reflective version.)
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A quick-snap buckle is provided on both the shoulder and belly straps to make it easier to get the harness on and off your dog.
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Hand washable.
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Made in the USA.
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Pet Expertise offers the most sizes and colors at a great price!
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Standard: Harness only (no leash).
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Reflective is perfect for night time dog walks. It is visible up to 1000 feet when light shines on it to help keep your dog safe. Reflective Easy Walk includes a matching reflective 6 foot leash!
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ECO is environmentally friendly! It is constructed of a soft and strong fabric made completely out of recycled plastic bottles. ECO Easy Walk includes a 6 foot matching leash!
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Pet Expertise helpful hint on preventing chaffing: Short-haired dogs can be susceptible to chaffing when wearing a harness. To prevent this, make sure that you use the Easy Walk Harness as instructed and be careful to fit the harness so that the girth strap does not lie in the dog’s “armpits”. The Pet Expertise exclusive Strap Wrap fleece harness and collar padding is a perfect companion to the harness that can maximize comfort and help prevent chaffing.
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Bonus for Pet Expertise Customers! Your purchase of an Easy Walk Harness from us includes an exclusive FREE downloadable guide which contains fitting tips and instructions on how to train your dog to walk on a leash using the Easy Walk Harness. This helpful training information using positive and effective techniques is written by Pet Expertise owner and professional, certified dog trainer, Jess Rollins.

Pet Expertise Note: Proper fit is key to the Easy Walk Harness’ effectiveness, safety and comfort. Check the fit of your dog’s harness regularly. For added safety, consider using your harness with a regular or martingale collar as pictured below:

Sizes and Colors:
To determine your dog’s size, measure your dog’s girth (around the widest part of his chest, a couple of inches behind his front legs – see diagram below). Please measure carefully to avoid shipping charges necessary for a return. Please visit: www.petexpertise.com

This write-up was taken from petexpertise.com and modified by New York Dog Nanny.

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