|Barked: Fri Aug 27, '10 6:17pm PST |
|My 8 yo Shih Tzu only wears a harness (PUPPIA brand ). We've been using harnesses for about 5 years now. I love Puppia harnesses because they are comfy on her and the material is cushion-y feeling. The material is broad across the chest, so it distributes the pressure better in case she pulls on her lead (which she DOES do if she sees any squirrels around ). I only put the harness on her before we go out; when in the home, she doesn't wear it.
We used to use collars with the leash, but then her BFF, a little Cavalier Spaniel (10 yo), had cervical disk problems and ended up with very painful and expensive surgery! She used to cry out in pain from the disk issue. The surgery wasn't a complete success, either. From what I've read, many small dogs suffer these types of neck injuries after many years of pulling on collar leads. I'll never use a collar lead on my pup again.
Shih Tzu also have very delicate tracheas, which is another main reason I only use harnesses on her.
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