By Debbie Reynolds, DVM
For years, I walked my dogs with a leash and collar. I knew they pulled, I knew they coughed, choked and sputtered. Then as I became more educated I understood that it was not ideal to have a collar around their neck with pressure on it. I mean...the spinal cord and the jugular veins run through there for goodness sake! Why would we want to exert pressure on their neck which could cause problems with their back, neck and limbs, increase blood pressure, and put pressure on their trachea?
There are many kinds of harnesses, but the front attaching lead is the way to go. You will be amazed at how much easier it is to control your dog with a front lead. You can't lead from the back but you can from the front, and that is a safe area to apply pressure and not cause harm to your dog.
The Walk Your Dog With Love harness is so simple to use and very affordable. After you try this, you will never go back - click here to see them.
Your dog should definitely wear a collar for the purpose of wearing identification tags (and looking cute), but every time you go out for a walk you should snap on a harness.
BENEFITS of a front leading harness:
MORE CONTROL: It leads your dog from the front to give you steering. Steering means control.
NO PULLING: Because it is not rear-attached, you don't trigger off your dog's natural "dog sled team" pulling instinct.
NO CHOKING: It is not around your dog's throat, so you don't have to worry about hurting your dog.
COMFORT: No more hard and heavy rings, sliders, or sharp sewn areas that chafe and rub. Also, because it adjusts in 360 degrees, it fits better, so it works better too.
SAFETY: It has 3M Scotchlite reflective material for nighttime dog walking safety. Be seen in headlights 1000 feet away. You will also have much more control to stop your dog using this type of harness if they see something and try to take off running.
EASY ON: You don't have to 'figure it out'; no more leg lifting dance. Just put it over your dog's head and 'click'. Easy.
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