“ Manufacturer: Pets At Home / Type: Dog Collars, Leads & ID „
Got this for my 8 months old border collie, his pulling was not too bad but was constant and was cutting our walks short by quite a bit. The first time I used it he still pulled but not as much, Second time out I adjusted it to fit a bit better as it was slightly loose the first time this worked a treat and he is now perfect whilst on the harness, the control over him was far better as a light pull on the harness would get him moving the correct way unlike a normal coller were he needed a good strong pull. Apart from the better control it is better for him as when you do need to pull him its his body and not his neck. He is happy with it on and it fits nice and comfortably.
The quality is of a good standard and is made of nylon, it feels very secure when it is on and is fully adjustable for a snug fit, this is important as having it fitted correctly seams to make it work best for a non pull walk. It is over priced for the materials used but is worth the price for what it does, if you have a freind with one try it out first as I have heard that it does not help for some dogs
Getting it of is easy simply loosen then pull it over the dogs head, then slip it from under the dogs front paws, getting it on however is more of a challenge, my dog sits nice to get it on so figuring out which way it goes is the problem once that part is done it is it slips over the head and the legs are lifted into the under body straps, if your dog does not sit still this would be a bit tricky to say the least.
I would recommend this product to anyone who wants there dog to walk better on a lead as it makes it a far more enjoyable time spent walking. I will be buying another if the need arises.
The Non Pull dog harness seemed a must buy for our strong Staffie cross we got from a rescue centre last year. On our initial visit to the centre we took our chosen dog for a short walk and found he would be a challenge. He was quite happy to choke himself by pulling all the way. My sister has two Staffie crosses and has had the same problem with them both even with her first which she got from a puppy. She uses a halti for both her dogs which are around the dog's nose and swears by them. They can be mistaken by non dog people as a muzzle they are not. The problem she has is she always has to use it. We wanted something we could use to train and stop the dog and hopefully one day move away from it. We came across the Non pull Harness.
It is basically a harness with some extra bits because as your dog pulls the harness tightens around your dog's chest. It has a sliding security cord lock which at the end of, your lead attaches too. This prevents of course it becoming too tight around your dog's chest but enough pressure to hopefully prevent them from pulling. And for added comfort it has padded Sherpa sleeves which prevent rubbing as the harness tightens and slackens off and a web and mesh design across the dog's chest which allows unrestricted movement and you full control. It is a black thin harness that on first sight doesn't look that strong. It feels soft enough with no rough parts.
-----Attaching the Harness to your dog-----
Our last dog was an old gentle soul who just needed a lead attaching to his collar and off he went nicely. So when this first arrived I was a little unsure if I would manage getting my bouncy year old dog in it. It does come with instructions that are easy enough to follow though. It first goes over your dogs head and then you guide its legs through the loops. The straps then need adjusting to your dog and then tightening the sliding cord lock. It does recommend your tighten it to four inches above the control point. Then the lead is attached. I must admit the first few times were a little struggle with our new dog he did try to bite it as we put it on him but now it is a simple task that the our Banjo even helps with as he knows it is walking time!
It is important to get the correct size for your dog and the harness does come with a recommended size guide for you. We found this particular harness comes in small, medium and large. We opted for a medium. The medium is recommended for Retriever's, Border Collies, Cocker Spaniel etc which have a neck circumference of 30 to 43cms. It fits our Staffie cross perfectly.
-----Our initial outing-----
I had to be the first to try the harness out so it was off out with the dog as soon as it arrived. I will admit I did get my boyfriend to make sure it was fitted properly first. I don't know what I was hoping for but I was a little disappointed. Initially there was little pulling and it did feel quite pleasant but as soon as he saw another dog and had a good enough reason to be squeezed he was off! I thought it was maybe just me who was weak but after a few walks my boyfriend found it too. It has improved his walking but non pull as it states, no not for this dog just no choking anymore.
-----Our opinion now-----
We have been using it for a few months now and we are determined to persevere and hopefully train him but when he has a good reason to pull he still gives it a good go. We are using it more as a training aid for our dog now as I do find it does give you more control over your dog.
One thing I will say in this products defence is our Banjo is very thick set and has a broad strong chest. Staffies are known for their high pain threshold so I do believe it will work on other dogs we just have one very strong dog! I would say his pulling has improved a lot but hasn't stopped completely. Hopefully one day we will get there.
The non pull harness is widely available, Amazon currently (Jan 2012) have it for sale for £7.22 which I don't find too badly priced.
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We have recently acquired a dog. He's 10 months old, a rescue dog and on his information sheet it says 'pulls on the lead'. No kidding. He pulls like a mule! As a part-husky, this may be a built-in feature but not being in Alaska, not a desirable one for us!
So, to Pets At Home it was, and we considered a number of options. Their own-brand "stop-pull" harness was one that appealed to me so I bought the medium sized version. This set me back about £15.
*** What is it? ***
The harness is basically webbing straps, which go around the neck and between the front legs and over the shoulders of your beloved mutt. The leg straps have faux-fur sleeves to prevent rubbing. It has a sliding fastener with which you tighten and secure the harness, and a metal loop to attach the lead. The idea is that when your dog pulls on the lead, the harness tightens and lifts, making the dog lose traction and so slowing him or her up.
Such was the general excitement about the new dog and his equipment that the instruction sheet went AWOL for a while, and I found it stupidly confusing to work out how the harness fitted on the dog. Fortunately he's a patient fellow for handling and seemed quite happy to step in and out and have it pulled over his head numerous times. When the Girl found the sheet again, I didn't feel it wasn't that helpful anyway, so we muddled through. It is quite obvious how it goes once you've got it on right, (and then you feel really thick for bodging it in the first place).
It comes in three sizes, small (aimed at terriers and the like), medium (beagles, collie-types) and large (rotties and labs). Because I'd chosen wrongly 'large' with a collar previously, I went for the 'medium' for our dog - he's quite a tall dog, but relatively slender. The medium fits him perfectly.
*** So, does it work? ***
Well, I didn't think it made much difference, but then I took him out just using a lead and collar, and realised it really did! It makes for an easier, calmer walking experience on the lead: much simpler to control him and means he isn't straining and choking along as he goes. He does very occasionally stop and shake himself when he's been trying to pull, but seems untroubled otherwise.
Other reviewers elsewhere have pointed up problems with the faux-fur sleeves moving and the webbing straps rubbing their dogs. I haven't found this to be the case with ours, despite having been out for some long walks, even with him going into sea-water wearing it at the beach. The furry bits stay where they're supposed to for our dog.
The sliding fastener has an annoying habit of opening, or rather, _had_ an annoying habit of opening. (Unfortunately the harness was left on the top of the dog's crate, and Mr Chompy chomped part of it off. It still works reasonably, the slider loop holds it in position.) This seemed a bit of a design flaw or possibly a fault with our particular harness. (Unfortunately, the chomping means we can't really get it exchanged!)
I don't think it's the perfect solution to pulling and may try the Halti or another product, but it does make a significant difference to our walks, making them much more pleasant for dog and owner.
Pets At Home Stop Pull Harness
Regular readers of my reviews will know that I have a lovely little Shih Tzu dog called Molly. Now approaching her 10th birthday she is still as agile as she always was, and loves nothing more than a walk by the river or a trip to the park. A few weeks ago I noticed that her long serving harness was wearing slightly, and the thought of her escaping in pursuit of a duck or a sheep was not a pretty thought, and so I decided to look around for a suitable replacement.
Why I Wanted A Harness.
Now I know some dogs are really well behaved and simply have a lead attached to their collar - some even walk side by side with their owners without a lead, but none of these options would suit Molly. Shih Tzus are highly intelligent dogs, and are very independent and curious, and although I have trained her well there is no doubt in my mind that a once in a lifetime temptation would lure her into danger, and so I opt for a full harness to which I attach her lead. I have seen many very well behaved Shih Tzus, some even walking beside busy roads without leads. However, the stories I have heard from my daughter who is a vet about the sad consequences suffered by dogs not adequately restrained is absolutely heart breaking, and many of these incidents happened to dogs that prior to that had flawless obedience histories. For this reason I prefer a harness.
Molly Goes To Pets At Home.
I toyed with the idea of mail order, but decided that I would rather see the choice in a store, and so off we went to Pets At Home where we had purchased the first harness almost a decade ago. This is one shop where dogs are allowed, and although Molly doesn't mind going there, she always feels there must be a better option - the park maybe, or the riverside. As it turned out we were over an hour in there trying on different options, so she was ready for lunch and a trip to the country after that ordeal. It was essential though to spend this time because although the size categories recommended for harnesses in Pets At Home for different breeds was very easy to see, as it was clearly displayed, in our case it wasn't accurate. "Extra Small" was the recommended size for Shih Tzus, and Molly is average for the breed and normal weight, but the options in "Extra Small" were thin and unsubstantial and a very tight fit. I thought they were more suited to dinky little breeds, and I did point this out to an assistant who said that it is just a guide and that fitting is more important on an individual basis.
I was also looking for ease of fitting as Molly gets a tad excited at the prospect of going out, and eagerly assists in the process by lifting paws up and so on, but some of the harnesses were so complicated I dismissed them immediately. I wanted simplicity, comfort, and above all safety, and moreover I wanted to make sure that the harness was a correct fit. These harnesses sit round the ribcage, and as the dog pulls exert pressure so they have to be a proper fit to ensure the force is evenly distributed. A really correct fitting harness, as my old one was, ensures comfort for the dog and peace of mind for the owner.
The Product and Fitting
The Pets At Home Stop Pull Harness is one of their more expensive products in the range at £14.95. It is black and has two fur pads designed to protect the rib area from chafing. It is fully adjustable allowing you to obtain the correct fit within the range you have chosen. To fit you simply slide the adjustment buckle which is on the end of the harness to open it as much as possible, and then after positioning the harness correctly on the dog you can tighten this to make the harness secure.
I thought it was lightweight and easy to put on as the faux fur pads made sure that you knew which way round to proceed, and once in position I called as assistant to verify that the fit was absolutely correct. I was pleased with the attitude of the assistant who took great care to make sure the fit was spot on, and she assured me that this was indeed a perfect fit. I have to be honest and say this was my last choice from the range. I wasn't really that keen on faux fur pads, I just wanted a red simple harness with no frills, but there simply wasn't a product there to purchase in her size. Almost in desperation I decided to buy it as it was the correct fit, and I thought if I found another one in another pet shop locally I could keep this as a spare. After an hour of trying on almost the entire range I was exhausted and so was Molly! I had also by this time made at least 4 new friends, as other dog owners with their pets collected in the lead aisle to discuss their harness problems as the morning progressed slowly into the afternoon!
So to the test! Well many walks later I can tell you that this product has a serious design fault which will only come to light if you take your dog on extended walks. A quick trip round the block will probably leave you feeling as if you have purchased an excellent harness. However if you like a morning sauntering round a local boot sale or maybe an afternoon by the riverbank, then what happens is that the fur pads gradually wander until they are on top of the dog and not in their correct place! This means that you have to stop and readjust them, which is not only annoying but if you don't notice may be hurting the dog. The fault can be remedied by stitching them in place, but I feel they should have had Velcro to secure them at the manufacturing stage. This is disappointing in the extreme for me, as although it is a perfect fit, it isn't much good recommending you to purchase it as without the stitching it will almost certainly have this fault. I am torn between the idea of stitching the pads in place, and returning it, but I am in the process of seeking out a better alternative so I am inclined to do the latter as stitching a new product seems to me wrong. I feel returning this will highlight and reinforce this serious design fault, and ensure a better purchase for future customers.
I recently checked the reviews on the Pets At Home website, which in retrospect I should have done prior to purchase, as here there are many comments highlighting this fault. There are also references on there to the clasp being faulty, but this has not been an issue for me. Having said that there are some singing its praises but overall it only gets 3* out of a possible 5*.
So my search for the perfect harness continues. I think I have identified one on-line so will review that one soon on Dooyoo. In conclusion I can't recommend this product - I think it is true to say that there is no harness in Pets At Home to fit my Shih Tzu which does its job to perfection. Sad but true, and as this is such an integral part of owing a dog and such an important purchase I am looking elsewhere. I would certainly say that if you have a dog from many of the popular breeds then there may well be a suitable product, as they have a wide selection other than this harness to choose from. It's just no good for Molly, and this Stop Pull Harness fails miserably in my opinion.
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