Hoping someone can help me out.
I need to switch poor Emma's harness for puppy classes. Up til this point, she's been using a Rogz Step-In Harness, but it hasn't been really working out for the walking/turning portions of our class. Our trained suggested we go ahead and switch her now to the front lead. The problem is, she hates the ones that go over her legs. She literally shut down on me in class, and would not cooperate.
So, I'm looking for recommendations! The ones I've seen online usually are the style she hates. Anyone out there have an over the leg that works??
I made modified, lighter weight martingales by removing the chain (see collar FAQ).
We have a harness, only for emergencies. It has worn a sore during long hikes.
I guess I would second Bev in asking if a collar would work for you.
The Corgi is a short dog but broad up front, with a big neck. Harnesses are good for tiny dogs who can be hurt by a collar. But that's not an issue with Corgis. Another nice thing about a harness for a tiny dog is in an emergency you can sometimes use it to pick up the dog, but again that would not apply to a Corgi.
Hey Ladies, This need for a harness is :
A) because it's specifically for the obedience classes we are taking, in which we are learning to walk
B) because, I've had her on a harness since she was 8 weeks. I think it's a preference things for her now. When, the took off her harness, I briefly had her leash on just her collar and I can't explain to you the glares I got.
You need to ignore the glares. We were working on the down in puppy class and the technique was to ask for a sit, step on the leash to apply downward pressure and give the command. Pippin fought like a fish. My instructor said to hold my ground and say nothing. After a few minutes he sighed and did the down. These guys are like little donkeys at times. And they're also great actors.
I don't like a harness for normal size dogs. It tends to teach them to pull.
I guess I tend to side with the suggestions on using a collar of your preference for training as opposed to a harness. In my personal experience I started my pups on a harness only because they were too small and I didn't want to accidentally hurt them on a collar ( Buddha was 6wks old when I brought him home and his first harness/leash experience was that same day) but still learn to respect the lead and my voice.
I use a choker. Correctly. When walking or training. Buckle collar only for travel in vehicle, going outside to potty or going to dog park/swimming etc. Just a personal thing.
We use the Premier Easy Walk Harness. It was recommended by our trainer because Bento would pull on his collar leash and choke himself. The Easy Walk Harness is a front lead and when Bento pulls, the harness will cause him to turn either left or right--essentially teaching him that pulling will NOT get him to where ever he wanted to go faster. Bento has learned not to pull when we're walking now.
The harness has two clasps. You can put the harness on around your dog's neck like a buckle collar and then buckle the second clasp on her underside. It may be easier to google it and see the pictures. I don't know if Emma would hate this since it doesn't really go over the legs, more like just under the her shoulders.
I have to say that the harness looks weird on Bento because of his corgi shape. It really emphasizes the fact that Bento has really short legs.