Individual owners may have a preference of liking a walking handle, especially with small, medium and large dogs, or a longer leash that combines to make a shoulder strap for large or extra large dogs. Both walking accessories are user-friendly and can be rigged to the harness in varying ways.
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I have been working with Reactive dogs for several years and require my students to use a body harness with two points of attachment. The Kurgo is on my list of recommended harnesses. All of their harnesses come with a seat belt tether and many owners like the "handle" on the back strap. I prefer the Kurgo over Ruffwear's Front Range because of Ruffwear's flimsy front hook, while Kurgo has metal attachment clips. However, Kurgo sizing seems to run smaller than what they claim. Also it does not seem to offer a good fit on long-bodied dogs. I've seen it work best on square body and bully-type dogs. I use a Balance harness for my own dog but he has backed out of it. That's why it is important to use a double-ended leash, or even two leashes.
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Pat and Nancy, thank you so much for the wonderful content in the Journal! This article was very helpful in giving me some insight into additional no-pull harnesses on the market. I am a trainer who recommends that my clients start with the Easy Walk (due to cost since it can usually be found on-line for less than $20 and knowing full well most of the dogs will out grow the harness quickly, unfortunately not trying to promote a company that also makes shock collars) and then graduate to the Freedom No-Pull harness, especially for my Golden Retriever and Golden Doodle clients as the additional strap down the sternum seems to help make the Freedom harness fit properly. I was very happy to learn about other great harness options available to suggest to my clients. One request for you ladies, can you please do the same review but for harnesses made to fit the smaller breed dogs/puppies? One of the big challenges I have in teaching loose-leash walking to my small breed dog clients is that most of the body harnesses that properly fit the small breed dogs all only have rings on the back of the harness. I have tried the petite and XS sizes in the Easy Walk and Freedom but in most cases those harnesses are just not small enough. The Easy Walk frustrates me (and my clients) because the metal used for the adjustment pieces feels cheap and flimsy, like someone just unbent and re-bent a paperclip, and never keeps the harness properly sized as it allows the straps to move. Most of my small breed dogs have figured out how to Houdini their way out of the Easy Walk. There may not be a great front-clip option out there in the small breed dog sizes but maybe some investigation and an article on your part could help motivate these manufacturers to design one for the little guys. I also enjoyed and am motivated by your articles regarding the importance of checking-in and the loose-leash walking article from the same issue as the harness review. Those behaviors are the key to training great loose-leash walking skills, especially for the small dogs for whom I struggle to find properly fitted front-clip harnesses. Thanks again for the great info!
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