Best Walking Harness For Beagles – Keeping Your Pup Safe
The most popular walking harness for dogs is the no pull one. However, there are many advantages of using a pull leash instead of the no pull one.
Let us see why you should use a Pull Leash over No Pull Leash!
No Pull Leash For Dogs Is Too Expensive To Use
When it comes to pulling your dog with a leash, you have to buy a new one every time. You will need to purchase the right size leash which is usually around 5 feet long or longer.
If you don’t have enough money, then you can always get the cheap ones from the pet stores. These types of leashes are not very effective because they do not provide sufficient leverage when pulling your dog along. They just make him feel helpless.
Pulling Your Dog With A Pull Leash Can Cause Injury Or Death Of The Dog
You may think that pulling your dog with a pull leash is safe since you have the leash on his neck, but it isn’t really safe at all. There are some breeds like Great Danes and German Shepherds which cannot tolerate being pulled too hard even if their necks aren’t twisted in any way.
If you pull too hard and your dog happens to be in a frail condition, then it can lead to a stroke or even death.
You cannot gain effective control of your dog with a pull leash unless you have already trained him to obey your commands. The reason is quite obvious as well since your dog will not instantly become obedient just because you have a new leash.
You will first have to train him which requires patience and dedication on your part.
A dog should be properly trained before using a pull leash. If you try to pull the dog by force without him being obedient, then it will become more troublesome and difficult for you to walk your dog in this manner.
You may even injure or kill him!
No Pull Leash Does Not Train Your Dog To Be Obedient
The whole point of getting a no pull harness is that you want to train your dog to stop pulling on the leash altogether. These harnesses are designed in such a way that it makes it very difficult for your dog to move in any direction while also making him uncomfortable when he pulls.
However, the problem with this type of harness is that it does not train your dog to stop pulling at all. You can get one of these harnesses and constantly try to tighten the leash when he starts to pull, but this will only last for few days or weeks at best.
Soon he will realize that he just needs to give a little when the leash tightens. After all, you are giving him something good every time the leash tightens (your attention, a treat, etc).
Pulling your dog with a pull leash does not train him to stop pulling because it does not provide any negative consequence for his behavior. You may think that you are providing a negative consequence every time you pull him back, but this is not the case.
He just learns that if he keeps on pulling, then the consequence will go away. If anything, he will learn that it is ok to pull as long as he stops before you tighten the leash.
A much better way of training your dog not to pull is to use a halti head collar or dog harness instead. These types of collars provide more control over your dog without making him uncomfortable or injured in any way.
If you need more details about these collars, then read this post: Dog Training Tips – 3 Common Collars For Better Control.
No Pull Harnesses Are Not Always Effective
Even the most effective no pull harnesses are not a sure shot solution to your dog pulling problem. Even the ones which claim to fix the problem with immediate effect won’t do so.
Not unless you are consistent and dedicated on your part. Even then, the harness will only minimize the problems and chances of injury to your dog. It will not eliminate them completely.
Therefore, before you even think of getting one of these harnesses for your dog, you must be absolutely sure that you are willing to put in the work on your part to make sure that your dog does not develop any bad habits. This basically means that you have to be absolutely consistent and dedicated in teaching your dog what is and what is not acceptable behavior.
Not many people are willing to put in that much effort. For most, the hassle and the time commitment is just not worth it.
This is why you see so many dogs with bad leash manners despite the plethora of no pull harnesses available today.
If, however, you have already put in the time and effort required to train your dog properly, then getting one of these harnesses should not be a problem. You will still have to be consistent in its usage, but the harness itself should take care of most of the problems.
No Pull Harness – Dogs That Cannot Wear Them
There are certain types of dogs which should not wear a no pull harness at all. These are dogs with certain health conditions and young puppies.
Dogs with health conditions: Certain health conditions affect a dog’s spinal cord and cause partial or complete paralysis. Neurological problems, such as these, make it very difficult for a dog to move around and maneuver.
Dogs in this condition should not be put in any kind of harness at all since this might aggravate their medical condition.
Young Puppies: Puppies should not wear a no pull harness until they grow older and their skeletal system has hardened to a great extent. Most no pull harnesses tend to grow with the dog, but they might be a little uncomfortable for young puppies.
If you are in any doubt whether your dog should wear one of these harnesses or not, you should consult your veterinarian before going ahead with it. In fact, it would be better if you took the advice of your vet before putting your dog in any kind of harness at all.
There are many types of no pull harnesses available today, but the three most common and popular types are outlined below.
The Halti: The halti is by far the most common type of no pull harness available today. It is very similar to the traditional collar that we put on our dogs except that it has a loop which goes around the dog’s chest (just behind the front legs) and a second loop which goes around the dog’s back.
Both these loops are joined together by a strip of strong material (narrower than the loop going around the dog’s body) which runs under the dog’s belly.
This harness can be adjusted to fit the size of your dog by sliding the strips of material inside each other. There is also a brand of halti which has an additional loop that wraps around the dog’s muzzle, just below the eyes.
This type of harness is especially helpful with dogs which have a tendency to pull while on a leash.
The Sketchie Harness: The Sketchie Harness resembles the halti in many ways except that it has only one loop instead of two. Instead of going around the dog’s belly, this harness goes around the chest (just behind the front legs) and across the back.
This harness also has a strip which runs under the dog’s belly to join the two loops together.
There are two variations of the Sketchie Harness, one of which involves tightening the strip around the dog’s belly to give it more pressure. The other variation involves the placement of the strip, which can go either under the chest (like the traditional harness) or across the dog’s stomach.
The Basket Harness: This harness is designed in such a way that it distributes pressure over a large area and prevents choking or gagging when pulled. It consists of a broad central panel which lies behind the front legs and two broader panels on the sides.
All these panels have straps (made of flexible material) which are attached to the main part of the harness.
A leash can be attached to the front, back or side of this harness depending on your preference. The harness is usually padded for extra comfort.
GPS stands for Global Positioning System and it is a system used for determining the location of a particular object (in this case your dog) by using satellites. Collars that have this system built into them are often used to track lost pets or to keep track of hunting dogs.
These are the collars that have a bulky GPS unit attached to a normal collar which goes around the dog’s neck. However, some collars which contain the GPS unit are not attached to any collar at all and instead have a flexible strap which wraps around the dog’s torso and attaches to itself.
There are many different brands of GPS pet collars in the market today. Each one comes with a different set of features which are suited for different people and different pets.
Here are just a few:
GPS Pet Collar: This collar is made by the same company that makes the traditional W.A.T.C.H. collar (which does not contain a GPS unit). The GPS pet collar is actually made with the same base and can be attached to any regular W.A.T.C.H. collar.
The Tagg Pet GPS Tracking System: This is a GPS unit that does not require a monthly fee. A one-time payment of $149 buys you the collar and a year of service.
After the first year, it costs $25/year.
The Tritronics PAC Mate GPS Pet Tracker: This unit can be used for dogs and cats. It has a built-in microphone and speaker so you can call your pet to come to you or let it know that it is going the wrong way.
The battery life lasts about 5 days (even with constant tracking) and the collar is waterproof. The cost of this unit is $199 and the annual fee is $60/year.
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Sources & references used in this article:
Sentinels of safety: Service dogs ensure safety and enhance freedom and well-being for families with autistic children by KE Burrows, CL Adams… – Qualitative health …, 2008 – journals.sagepub.com
Dog training harness by MJ Ralph – US Patent 2,534,727, 1950 – Google Patents
Pressure distribution under three different types of harnesses used for guide dogs by C Peham, S Limbeck, K Galla, B Bockstahler – The Veterinary Journal, 2013 – Elsevier
Dog pack harness by NC Kerrigan – US Patent 6,571,745, 2003 – Google Patents