Harness = Blisters

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Box Boys

Boxer Insane
There is the Gentle Leader Headcollar that goes on the head of the dog and over the snout. It discourages pulling, but many people find that it rubs their Boxer's snouts because of the short, upturned muzzle of Boxers.

There is the Gentle Leader Easy Walk Harness that is a front clip harness that also discourages pulling.

Both products are made by Premier. The Gentle Leader Easy Walk Harness is commonly referred to as both the "Easy Walk Harness" and the "Gentle Leader Harness".

Thanks Two Dogs! ;) For awhile there I thought I had purchased the wrong thing...thinking I had bought the Gentle Leader and then realized the name actually said Easy Walk Harness. I did do a search online by the manufacturer...but couldn't tell from the photos what the real difference was. I think the only thing I need to change is getting a bigger size.

Next question: Is this tool to be used only to get them to learn to start walking better on a leash and then you can go back to just using your normal leash...OR...does this device need to always be used. (I guess it would depend on the dog...now that I think about it.)
 

LILYLARUE

Boxer Insane
Both are training tools to get them to walk nicer on a lead, but a lot of people prefer it over a collar and use it all the time. I love the harness if it weren't for them pulling and getting cuts/rashes. The more often we use it, the nicer the walk on a harness. Once the collar goes back on and I only use a collar to walk, they go right back to their old ways of pulling and choking. So I use the harness all the time for walks now.

I tried the head harness, but Lily would pull it right off. I also heard there is a tether that would connect the head harness to the easy walk harnes that is very effective on the hard-to-train-to-walk dogs. I think I would use the tether when we are meeting with other dogs or where other dogs are around. Lily lunges so badly, the easy walk harness doesn't really controll much at that point. The tether may keep her more restricted. I have also seen a double-clip ended leash being used with both conjunctively.

What you need is what is best for your dog, your training and your comfort. I have a trunk full of collars, leashes, harnesses...etc.... You can use them all, but they will only work if you put the work into using them for training.

If winter would go away, I could get back to training and maybe have mine leash ready by summer. Sigh.....I can't wait to get walking again.
 

Box Boys

Boxer Insane
Well, after a nice long walk yesterday with the warmer weather, the Easy Walk Harness had rubbed Nyah's skin raw under one of her armpits. Poor thing. As if she doesn't have enough skin issues with her allergies. The rescue director suggested the Sporn Non-Pulling Mesh Control Harness and said she swears by it. I think I'm going to give it a try. It also has the sherpa sleeves so there's no rubbing skin raw. I'm going to see if a local Petsmart store has it. If not, will order it.
 

Shane72

Boxer Booster
Well, after a nice long walk yesterday with the warmer weather, the Easy Walk Harness had rubbed Nyah's skin raw under one of her armpits. Poor thing. As if she doesn't have enough skin issues with her allergies. The rescue director suggested the Sporn Non-Pulling Mesh Control Harness and said she swears by it. I think I'm going to give it a try. It also has the sherpa sleeves so there's no rubbing skin raw. I'm going to see if a local Petsmart store has it. If not, will order it.

Sorry you and Nyah are having so much trouble. The Sporn is a good harness - we used Rocky's a little while ago. I hope it works for you as well as it has for us. Good luck!
 

Box Boys

Boxer Insane
IMHO...the Sporn No-Pull Harness will work better. It takes a tiny bit longer to get on, but I like the construction of it and everything else.
 

johann

Boxer Insane
We have a Sporn mesh harness for Johann. It didn't rub at all, but we also had little luck with it stopping his pulling. Thankfully he's good on just a collar now....but the harness is just sitting around collecting dust.

One thing that might work is to make fleece covers for the part of the easy walker that goes under the armpits. Fleece is cheap, and should require pretty minimal sewing ability (aka, I did it....so its got to be easy).
 
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