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the front legs which is often the spot that harnesses hurt dogs the most.
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"Xtra Dog specialise in and promote Tellington Touch, including Tellington TTouch ground work which creates balance and harmony in a dog’s posture ensuring that it walks comfortably alongside its owner rather than pulling. Alex first demonstrated the concept with his own dog – Arapahoe (a beautiful Siberian Husky) and then it was Ferris’s turn. We had chosen to meet at Richmond Park, so a more distracting place could not have been found – we were contending with deer and their seemingly very entrancing droppings, rabbits and their equally diverting contribution, other dogs, walkers, bikers and a whole myriad of smells. Ferris was in seventh heaven and he was off like a rocket. We gave Alex a very clear demonstration of how well Ferris pulled – he would make a great sled dog!The next thing was to fit Ferris into one of Xtra Dog’s special harnesses. I had sent over his measurements prior to meeting Alex and so, we were pretty much spot on first time.
harness puts on the dog's hips (a common “sore spot” for distance dogs).
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Place dog's front paws through the left side opening, then place right paw through. Grab both D-rings on either side of the dog and lift the harness up so the chest strap rests against the dog's chest. Grab the plastic squeeze buckle and click. Make sure the two D-rings are in the center of the back. Use the slide adjusters to increase or decrease the size of the harness. Allow a finger's width of space between all straps and the dog. For use with a leash, attach the leash clasp through both D-rings. This item is not suitable for children. This harness is intended for pets only. Always supervise your pet when using this product. Inspect product for damage and discard if any part becomes loose or detached. If item becomes wet, some color transfer may occur. Please use caution around light colored upholstery or carpeting. Spot clean only. [Spot the dog]Your dog is ready for the catwalk dressed as Minnie Mouse in this fashionable costume harness
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Use only on dogs as an aide in lifting or restraining. The dog harness will need to be adjusted to properly fit each dog’s dimensions. Follow sizing instructions and refer to the diagram. Do not leavethe dog lifting harness on a dog for over-extended periods of time–use it as needed and then take it off. Loosen straps especially if your dog wants to lie down in it, to help prevent hot spots, any chaffing or overheating with sensitive skin. Take it off at night and let your dog sleep without it. Use proper care and clean regularly.Congratulations if you have already accustomed your dog to riding in the back seat (or “way back” of your car) with a harness and securely fastened seat belt. This, or a securely fastened crate, is the safest mode of car travel for your dog. But if you choose to ride with your dog unrestrained in your car, the least you must do is teach him to be calm and lie down in a safe spot other than your lap. (Dogs who are quiet and well-mannered in the car, but prefer to sit up and look out the windows, would be safer if they were secured with a harness and seat belt. When sitting up, a dog’s center of gravity is higher, putting the dog at higher risk of being thrown through the air in an accident.)If you want to stick with a harness, the ruffwear webmaster harness is generally a good idea for dogs who slip out of harnesses, as it has a third strap that fits near the end of/just behind the ribcage which can limit a dog's ability to back out. Some harnesses, like the freedom no pull harness, have a martingale action on the chest strap which might make it harder to slip out of- but I've never tested it. Can't say whether either would cause raw spots, but I can say that I don't prefer harnesses with a strap around the shoulders/chest (no pull/front clip) for longer exercise periods because they can interfere with shoulder movement and limit the dog's natural stride, so I personally wouldn't use one with that design on hikes unless I needed that specific no pull action.*** OK, one more thought. Based on all the comments, their are some strong feelings about head halters out there! So I just want to be clear: I don’t think that there is one item that is the perfect tool for ALL dogs. Every dog is different and I use a variety of head halters, body harnesses, and collars with the dogs I walk. It all depends on their individual needs and preferences. I also use a variety of tools with the same dog, changing them up depending on the environment we’re in. So I might use a body harness in a quiet area, but switch to a head halter in a crowded spot for more control. And the funny thing about ALL of these options is that what one person loves, another hates! So much of it depends on the individual dog and the style/skills of the person when using the tool. The halter in this blog is just one option – I encourage you to shop around until you find what works best for you and your dogs!