|Barked: Mon Jan 7, '13 11:14pm PST |
|We used Puppias (and Hip Doggie's, which are higher quality American versions of the puppia) for years. Always though, i would spend the extra money to have the D-ring pushed back and sewn in BEHIND the chest band because only then did it distribute the weight across the chest. (Even though I love the way these harnesses look and have bought many, it's quite atrocious that an inherently flawed product has been so successful) It slightly depends on the dog. My corgi mix (non-puller) has never shown signs that it chokes her, but my golden mix conveniently forgets to not pull sometimes and I've heard him cough against the neckline of his Hip Doggies.
I just got Koa a buddy belt recently and its been transformative. they are worth the money. The "Natural" line (un dyed, no nylon thread) is cheaper at funnyfur.com. He likes it better. He pulls less. it is slowly but gradually breaking in to conform to his body. I'm ready to get Qaisuke one too.
In the end, I really like having both options. The buddy belt is an infinitely superior product, but isn't "meant" for extended use in the water vs. the puppias/hip doggies hold up really well in the water they're like doggie bathing suits and they are lighter weight so I would probably take the puppia/hip doggies camping/backpacking instead of the buddy belt.