Product Type: Pets At Home dog accessories
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A non pull harness - maybe not quite for every dog!
Pets At Home Stop Pull Harness
Member Name: claireylulu
Pets At Home Stop Pull Harness
Advantages: gives you some control, stops your dog choking themselves
Disadvantages: doesn't work on my Staffie cross - just reduces the pulling
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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Summary: I would say it is worth a try, I was happy to give it a go.
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