I have the Size Right pet harness for my corgi. I like them because they could adjust easily as they grew and they did not cause any irritation to their skin and they hold up really well. Plus, they are priced reasonably.
Hope this helps!
This one looks great! Thank you so much for your reply.
Don't get a harness, they encourage pulling.
As a trainer, I'm with Sam on that one. You have to remember why a harness was invented: for an animal to have equal pulling strength to pull a load. Pressure on the chest encourages them to pull. And with the load equalled (you being the load), they can pull like freight trains.
Use a regular collar. No chokes or prongs. Here's how you teach a dog to walk on a leash:
Start off with your dog in a sit. Do NOT say anything, just start walking. When the dog pulls, immediately change directions. Do NOT pull your dog by the collar. Keep a cookie handy and lure him/her around to follow you. Change directions randomly. Don't always go in the same direction. If you simply go back and forth, the dog will begin to anticipate your moves and just pull the other way. Directional change must be random.
If I get a chance, I'll try to put up a short video on the walk in the next day or so. The technique works beautifully if you are consistent in training.
If you have questions, you're always welcome to message me.
Thank you Sam and Cindi ! I never thought about a harness like that. I will continue to use our 6' lead and save $$ at the same time!
I will definitely do the direction change approach. Norman likes to be the lead dog!
I HAD to get a harness because Frankie had major back surgery a year ago and the surgeon said no more collars. After reading your post on fit, I ordered the easy walk harness. Looking forward to when it arrives, Frankie needs to walk! He will be 10 on April 19th.
See the collar FAQ.
I use harnesses for clipping into the seat belt, and for safety belays hiking on steep snow slopes and dangerous log crossings over rivers. The lightweight harness I carry backpacking will NOT hold a corgi suspended vertically from a rope, like a rock climber's seat harness! I tried it; Al slipped neatly out of it when I lifted him gently off the ground. So think about that if you're crossing a log that's higher off the river than your belay leash! He's probably safer crossing a log without any leash in his way.
The newer, hi-tech harnesses may work better.
Check a harness carefully for comfort and fit. Ours worked for leash walks around the neighborhood, but on long hikes, it wore a nickel sized sore on the breastbone so painful the dog finally just STOPPED. This happened twice before I discovered the problem.
Our harnesses are double loops (neck, chest). They have separating bayonet buckles that are TOTALLY UNNECESSARY. If you fold the forelegs through the chest loop, the whole things slips neatly onto the dog without unclipping, tangling, de-tangling, and re-clipping.
Our vet, who is also a chiropractor, advises a harness for any long backed breed of dog (actually, any dog) because it reduces stress and pressure on the neck and reduces the chance for knocking the spine out of alignment. You can still teach a dog how to walk on leash with a harness. We have one for Sophie that is really a doggie seat belt with clips on both sides so it is easy to get it on /off of her. You clip the leash to the loop where the seat belt strap clips on. She walks as nicely with it as she does with a regular collar and she doesn't pull.
Our trainer recommended a front leash harness, and we've had great success using Sense-ation harness. Since it's leashed in the front, when he pulls, he gets turned around. This way, he learns that pulling will not get him where he wants faster.
I think we got the medium--but Bento is on the bigger side of the corgi spectrum. He's taller and longer than any other corgi we've meet.