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FORGET THE COLLAR – PET LOVERS SHOULD USE A HARNESS

HARNESS FORGET THE COLLAR   PET LOVERS SHOULD USE A HARNESS

FORGET THE COLLAR – PET LOVERS SHOULD USE A HARNESS

When I adopted my first papillon she was so small that she fit into a ‘lizard’s harness.  That was my first experience with a harness and I haven’t looked back.

Training dogs to walk on a leash can be a difficult task.  No need to get the dog more upset by yanking on it’s neck, or him doing it himself.  He chokes, coughes, gags and spins around trying to get away, all at the same time.  Collars can cut off the air supply which makes the dog panic.

Commonly  entering  ‘pet friendly’ stores and parks , I often crindge when I see a dog on a collar, especially a small dog.  I’ve stuck my nose in where it doesn’t belong, for the sake of the dog.  I’ve explained to many an owner about the benefits of a harness, especially when the dog is being tended by a child or if it’s just fighting against the leash.

I have (8) papillons and breed, as well.  I have, very seldom, used a collar on any of them and would not advise it.

Collars can cause neck and spinal injuries and/or damage it’s trachea.  Dogs are known to be more aggressive and more high strung, having been trained using a collar.

BENEFITS of the HARNESS:

The pressure is better distributed, since it straps around the chest, making it safer for your pet.  It’s much easier to control your dog, no matter the size, without choking.

Harnesses are more difficult to slip out of therefore much safer and secure at about the same price.  The comfort of the harness far surpasses the collar.

There are a wide variety of styles that offer you choices with function and fashion.  They come in a multitude of colors and materials

I’ve found nylon seems to cause less rubbing and therefore less matting of the fir, to my long haired dogs.  I also prefer the step-in harness.  It doesn’t upset the dog by having to put it over it’s head, thru it’s legs and then adjusting it for the proper fit.

Should a dog wants something and/or wants to get away from something it can easily harm himself, on a collar.

If another dog isn’t as well trained as yours and you need to protect your dog, it’s safer for you to quickly pull your dog in, if it’s in a harness.

There are two types of no-pull harnesses. One type has a leash attachment ring at the center of your dog’s chest which gives you more control of your dog’s front half and gently guides him back towards you when he pulls.

The other type works by gently tightening around your dog’s chest or leg area, restraining him when he pulls.  If you dog prefers to walk you, you may want to look into this one.

Many dog owners are not aware of the necessity, importance and assistance that a harness can offer.  Not only do they give better control for walking, reduce pulling and help with training, they can prevent an injury to the dog.

Read more from this author at http://MyPapillonWorld.blogspot.com

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