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    DefaultAre Harneses better than Gentlel leaders?

    i was jst wondering we have a Gentle leader but are harneses better?

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    DefaultRe: Are Harneses better than Gentlel leaders?

    Are you talking about the head harness or a body harness?

    I first started using the head harness and thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread I could finally walk and have an arm left when I got home. I could even eat an I cream without having it jerked out of my hand.. ;D

    The down side was Willow hated the head harness and would scrape her face on the ground it looked pretty sad and some people would look at you thinking it was a muzzle even though it wasn’t even close… >

    I just bought the GL Easy Walk Harness after another member recommended it in a posting I was reading on this board. I had tried another type of harness before but I found it had to control because I didn’t have any leverage. The Easy walks actually puts a little pressure on there front legs preventing them from pulling when you need to hold them back. ..Genius!! ;D

    So far so good no more dragging her face on the ground and even my wife now enjoys walking her.

    Hope this helps!


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    DefaultRe: Are Harneses better than Gentlel leaders?

    We use the gentle leader head halter. We are slowly weaning Ellie off of it, and we use it less and less.

    We tried the Easy Walk Harness. Unfortunately, Ellie was able to get a hold of the loop in front and she chewed right through it in minutes. This was in the car, on the way to the dog park that is about five minutes from my house.

    I personally l liked the harness better, but after that, we stuck with the head halter. No, she doesn't like it, but neither do I like being pulled around the block while we are walking. For use, the head halter works great. And we don't actually use it alot anymore.

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    DefaultRe: Are Harneses better than Gentlel leaders?

    While I haven't tried any of these products on our lab, I have had some experience with the beagles. They are all terrible pullers. We tried the head halter on Blaze and she would spend the entire walk rolling on people's lawns trying to take it off. I have regular harnesses for all of them which do nothing to stop the pulling. I tried the Gentle Leader version and within half a block Blaze and Buster had turned around, pulled backwards and were free! I recently tried a new one by Sporn that I really like http://www.sporn.com/product_info.php?products_id=28 I had it on Blaze and it was the best walk ever with her.


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    DefaultRe: Are Harneses better than Gentlel leaders?

    I, personally, would avoid a body harness. This is because the dog is able to use their entire chest/body to pull - making it much harder to control him/her, especially if you are a small owner with a boisterous pup. I used two different types of body harnesses for a while each and decided that other products were much better for me and my pup.


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    DefaultRe: Are Harneses better than Gentlel leaders?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarlansMum
    I, personally, would avoid a body harness. This is because the dog is able to use their entire chest/body to pull - making it much harder to control him/her,
    This is correct to a point with regular harnesses, I know because I started out with one and boy did I have a sore arm…. :-\

    However the Gentle Leader Harness addresses this by it’s design, when you put pressure on the lead the harness puts pressure on the front legs and at least for Willow it totally prevents her from pulling. It’s a comfortable harness and doesn’t interfere with her plus it helps with jumping.

    For walking I think this is a wonderful harness however I would not recommend it for a dog that jogs or runs with there owner I would have some chafing concerns. But under walking conditions I wouldn’t worry.

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    DefaultRe: Are Harneses better than Gentlel leaders?

    Color me old-fashioned. I'd much rather teach HEEL.

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    DefaultRe: Are Harneses better than Gentlel leaders?

    Of course, but until the dog knows this, they still need walks.

    Harnesses (just like pinch collars) are management tools, not training devices. Teaching loose leash walking is one of the most difficult exercises for most dog owners.

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    DefaultRe: Are Harneses better than Gentlel leaders?

    I, personally, would avoid a body harness. This is because the dog is able to use their entire chest/body to pull - making it much harder to control him/her
    I'm not sure which type of harness the OP is referring to, but conventional harnesses where the leash clips on the dog's back actually do encourage a dog to pull.

    The EasyWalk and Sense-ation harnesses have the leash attachment on the front of the harness, where the dog's chest is. They are both based on the same principle as the GL, except that when the dog forges, you are turning their body, not just their head.

    I personally know dogs who are walked with a GL, who still pull and who hit the end of the leash repeatedly. Think of what could happen to their neck...

    I used to walk Henry with a GL, as advised by our puppy kindergarten instructor. Henry did not do well with a GL, as some dogs won't. He would completely shut down as soon as it was put on. His head would drop, his tail would drop, and his entire body language would change. He went from happy dog to dejected dog. Sure, he wasn't pulling anymore, but that was because he was dragging along behind me. Henry is a very sensitive dog... I need only raise my voice a little to him and he knows what's what.

    So for us the GL didn't work. Henry is walked on a Sense-ation harness and I can literally hold on to the leash with a few fingers. It is not a magic cure. You still have to work with the dog and teach them to walk on a loose leash, however, it makes it a lot easier to manage the dog while you're teaching this.

    Here's a good article: http://www.flyingdogpress.com/headhalters.html

    Good luck!


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