Product Type: Pets At Home dog accessories
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On the pull
Pets At Home Stop Pull Harness
Member Name: Mephit
Pets At Home Stop Pull Harness
Advantages: does reduce pulling
Disadvantages: unreliable fastener on ours
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.
Summary: Worth a try