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Old 11-09-2011, 09:28 AM   #1
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Default Best harness for mojo? Suggestions anyone?

I'm looking for a harness for Mojo as the one I have is a Wal-Mart special and is rough on his skin and coat. It is causing lots of itching and starting to cause a little hair loss under his front legs. Mind you, he's not to be a show dog or anything, and I just bet the only hair that gows long is going to be on his head, but I don't want him to be uncomfortable and itchy. I do have to leave it on him part of the day, but it always comes off for a bit after his 1st couple of outings in the morning, and then comes off for the night after his last break outside. I need something comfy yet strong as he is a puller. Anyone have some good advice for a great harness? I'm looking at the puppia step in vest harness B and have a found a few on ebay. What about the ones from Cloak and Dawggie? Are they good, does the velcro hold secure enough? Thanks for any info!
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:38 AM   #2
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Default Great Harness

I ordered a $38 velcro jacket harness through a dog salon near my home. It's a lot of money, if you ask me, but the harness is ideal - goes on easy, stays snug and secure, it's comfy, no complaints by Nino, and the one I picked is fur lined for colder weather. Here is the link. I have the Elfish Pinka Harness in small (Nino is 15 weeks and almost 3 lbs right now). Hope this helps!

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Old 11-09-2011, 09:41 AM   #3
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I use the Puppia step in vest harness. It is adjustable and also has a strong latch to lock it on. My little one only wears it when I take her out. It is very quick and easy to put on and take off.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:59 AM   #4
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I love Puppia harnesses. In fact, we need to get Gizmo a new one since his is now too small!
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I just like the plain old step in harnesses I get from Petsmart and Petco
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I really like the regular puppia harness that goes over the head. I tried the step-in version and I initially thought it was great. Then I was out in my front yard with ZoE attached to a 20ft long puppy training leash we had a HUGE problem.

She ran out as far as she could, so the leash was taught, and then she turned around and backed up (like she was trying to pull away from the thing restraining her) and I watched in horror as the harness slipped off right over her head! As I live on a main road, I was completely panicking as I called her to me. Thankfully she was startled she was free and ran right to me. I later checked the harness out and there was nothing wrong with it. A few days later, I took her out in the backyard in the same harness and I had made sure this time was on a tight as could be and she was again able to slip out of it. It's ok if the dog is in front of you, walking foward and pulling against the leash, but if your dog turns around (so it is then facing you) and backs up against the leash, the harness slips off right over the head. I have since thrown it out and will never use one again.
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I feel a Buddy Belt v Choke Free discussion coming on!!!! Sally + Harry x
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Everyone has their particular favorite. I like the Puppia step in vest harness because Gracie has long fur and we can tuck her fur in fairly easily without making a mess. She is an escape artiest so it has to be put on snugly before it is latched. I like the look of the Buddy Belt but it is a bit more expensive and so far the one we have has worked very well.
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Thanks everybody! I have been looking at the puppia's really close and am leaning toward them. Kazzy, you do make a good point about slipping out of it, never thought of that! Do you use the A type harness then? I saw the buddy belt and really wanted one, but my budget won't allow for one right now. Since he does need to wear the harness for at least part of the day, I want one that's comfy for him. He came to us with a collar that he slipped out of one day and we couldn't get him to come back until I laid down on the grass flat of my back and called him to me. There is something about doing that, that makes a dog come right to ya,LOL. We knew we had to get a harness because of possible throat problems. I had one for my doxie because of her back, but it's too big and really bothering him itching and such. I saw one online last night by cloak and dawggie, it uses heavy duty velcro, but not sure how it would hold. Hoping I can find a thread on here about them. Mojo is such a puller that the 16' leash we have is always pulled out to the end,hehehe. You guys are the best, so I'll be looking at all of the name brands you suggest! Thanks Peeps!!!
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I like Buddy Belt and Puppia and a regular black nylon step-in harness from Petsmart.

I use them all for various reasons -- each has a purpose and I like having different kinds. hehe.

I would say Puppia is our main go-to. I know he's going to be really comfortable in it, I know it will be secure, easy to take on/off, and he looks adorable in it.
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Kazzy, you do make a good point about slipping out of it, never thought of that! Do you use the A type harness then?
I don't know what the "A type" harness is. I use the puppia pictured below that goes over the head (1st two zebra harness pics) and will never again use the step-in kind (3rd pink/heart harness).
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According to the puppia site, the zebra or first 2 are the A type. The 3rd one is the B type. I've been looking at the sizing on the two kinds and their sizing is a little weird. For some babies they might fit the chest but be way too big for the neck and vice versa. Some of the pics even show pups wearing them and it looks like the neck is way too big on them. I guess it depends on how each dog is proportioned as to if it will fit snug enough to hold them. I'm looking at the A type too, but am worried that the strap around the body might rub him like the one we have now is doing. Wish the company had better specs on them. It seems like alot of harness' are a trial and error deal. I'm disabled with RA, degenerative disc disease, and Fibromyalgia. That's why I need something that can stay on him part time. It helps save me some pain, but don't want anything that I'll have to be getting flat of my back in the grass to fetch him back either,lol. Hubby almost had to get a dolly to get me up the other day,hahaha. ;-D
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I think the buddy belt is the strongest and best harness Callie had a puppia when she was around a year old and her pulling tore it. I have had no problem with the buddy belts at all and if you do see rubbing which I havent on Callie or my mom's yorkie they sell these liner like things you can put on them. And it not a super crazy big deal of adjusting for an hour if you want to put it on over clothing.
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I have the pink one that someone posted above. That is the step in vest harness. As I said it has worked very well for us and a small would fit your little one. I don't think a dog could get out of it if it is placed on the dog snugly. Gracie does not like anything going on over her head so with the step in I can just put her little feet in the holes and then adjust the velcro snugly before closing the clip on top. I also like that the D ring is close to where the collar would be so I have good control over her when we are out walking. She really used to like to pull when we first started walking and with the ring up near the neck you can steer them better. I don't know if the sizing is different with the different styles but I do know a small will fit your pup. I actually ordered the wrong size the first time because the sizing directions were so confusing. If this harness is on properly there is no way a dog or puppy can get out of it. Gracie loves it. She knows when I get it out that we are going for a walk so she gets all excited. I have two degenerated vertebrae in my back so I have to sit down to put it on her though I can get it off her much more easily. She jumps right up in the chair with me to get it on and off we go.
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I have a couple of the leather choke-free harnesses. They are great. Roxie is a puller also, and we haven't had any problems with her getting out of it, or injuring herself with it. They come in some really cute colors and designs as well.

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