|Barked: Sat Nov 8, '14 5:22pm PST |
|Jasper, you really didn't pay attention to the question and the details I gave. The Easywalk harness has already been ruled out for previously stated reasons and it restricts his shoulder movement that even correctly fitted his gait was significantly affected (our behaviorist, trainer, and vet are seeing more and more problems with gait being affected and dogs developing shoulder problems). So it's a big fat no-no for him. We did end up using a flat collar in agility and using a martingale from everywhere else (both are lupine collars).
Update for the harness (long I'm sorry):
The Ruffwear harness has worked amazing! He gets so excited when I pull it out because he knows it means adventure. It allows him to pull comfortably, but not to the point it is too much for me to handle. It also helps we've been working on trail commands such as "in front," "on-by," "return," and "halt." Since I'm horribly paranoid I hook his line not only to the harness but also a 4in. safety line that hooks to his collar too, but then again I'm paranoid. After extensive use in the last 7 months it still looks brand-new. I haven't seen any of the problems Ember mentioned either, thankfully - although I am still keeping my eyes out for them.
The handle deserves its own paragraph. That handle is amazing and has been a god-sent thing. One time on the trail he saw a chipmunk and went nuts. I picked him completely up off the ground and walked way until he lost interest. This is only one example, but I've also added it into his trail training so that he will come to me when I call "return," turn and stand with his back to me to let me get a good grip on the handle.
All in all, it has served it's purposed as our "adventure" harness, and I recommend it!
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