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Old 03-06-2016, 05:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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I have a 7 month old pit/mix that I have been working with to walk loose leash with just his collar. I've been trying to find a harness that works that will not irritate his skin. I have not had any luck whatsoever. Does anyone have any suggestions that they have used that has not irritated their pit's under arm or belly area?
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Old 03-06-2016, 05:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
 

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Well, there's Brilliant K9 harnesses - the belly band sits further back than a standard harness so it's away from the armpit area and it's a super fast on/off (Drop it over the head and snap the belly band shut). You could also look at an Urban Trail harness from Howling Dog (it's a scootering harness but can be used for walking, it's well padded and you can buy an adjustable one, rather than a custom sized one, since your pup isn't done growing). They're very nice people who answer questions promptly.
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I find that harnesses in general encourage pulling and are not a good tool if you're trying to promote loose-leash walking. I always start with just a flat collar and work on the training, then add any other tools as necessary for the dog. I've had good success with head halters, though you do need to have some foundation before using them, because they can create issues such as neck strain/injuries if the dog is constantly pulling in them.

What have you tried as far as training goes to stop the pulling?
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Old 03-08-2016, 10:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Try the EzyDog Chestplate harness, or Quick Fit harness. They don't rub under the dog's arms. However, loose lead walking would be easier to train with a collar. Think: mushers use harnesses on their sled dogs.. weightpullers use harnesses on their dogs.. harnesses make it more comfortable for a dog to pull.
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We've started using the pinch collars, as much as I HATED it when we brought it home, it really has helped tremendously. It also doesn't rub his neck raw from pulling like his regular collar used to.
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