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Old 04-25-2010, 11:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking about ordering one of these for Nikki. If anybody has used these I would like to hear what you liked or disliked about them

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I have the Easy Walk and it works ok. I only use it at agility trials cause I'm not allowed to use the prongs on site. It helps Glory not pull as much, but she still does...just ending up ultimately pulling back to me and not away.

It certainly has NOT trained her to stop pulling, just allows me to not get dragged along as easily.

Dog classes and then the prong (if needed) are what ultimately helps eliminate the pulling.
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Dog classes and then the prong (if needed) are what ultimately helps eliminate the pulling.
Thanks for your reply...right now I am just trying to see which harness people prefer

We are taking classes and I don't want to use a prong collar on her if I can avoid it, she is still learning and only 5 months old.

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Thanks for your reply...right now I am just trying to see which harness people prefer

We are taking classes and I don't want to use a prong collar on her if I can avoid it, she is still learning and only 5 months old.

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I only use a prong when other collars/training things aren't working. So if the harness worked I'd have LOVED to stop there! Good luck I hope a harness is the training aid that works for you!
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I have the sensations, it worked fine but seemed to rub Onyx's armpits( I thought I didn't have it fitted right, but everytime i readjusted it, it would still twist around). I think either one would be fine, they are the same concept, just different brands.
Not sure the sensations/sens-ible difference other than maybe the more quality stitching and webbing isn't as good to bring the price down on the sens-ible?
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I have Sense-ation harnesses and I really like them. As MRL said, front hook harnesses reduce the pulling while you train leash skills - they're not perfect, but they do allow me to get enough rewardable behavior for learning to take place. I've never tried the Easy Walk - I like the martingale type connection where it tightens up if they pull, but I wonder if it would sit lower on the chest when it's loose? I keep the front straps that go across the chest tightened up all the way, and since the buckles will slide a bit over time, I put a couple of stitches in each side to keep that from happening.
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I have both. I agree that it is a training tool to be used while teaching loose-leash walking skills. A dog can still pull in it though it generally turns them around towards you if they do.

I got the Easy-Walk first. If I have it adjusted too tightly, it has chaffed Risa under her forelegs. But, if sized properly, I have not had any troubles with it. The only thing I don't like about it is that it stretches out. Especially if you get it wet. I expect a new harness/collar to stretch somewhat when it's initially used but, over time, the Easy-Walk stretches out a lot. It also doesn't seem to stay where it's adjusted very well. The nice thing about the Easy-Walk is it's readily available (carried at most big box pet stores).

I got the Sens-ation (I actually have the Sens-ible) earlier this year. It did stretch slightly after Ris started wearing it but that is to be expected. Unlike the Easy-Walk, it seems to stay in position after adjustments really well. The lower strap also sits back a bit further behind Ris' armpits and seems less likely to chafe.

Both are great tools though my vote would have to go for the Sens-ation based on my experiences with both.
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I would definitely not use a prong collar on a puppy! (actually personally I won't use one at all, I have in the past but I have found better tools since)

I have a Sens-ation harness and it worked ok. I had the pet store owner help me to fit it properly on Bianca and I never had a problem with the fit or rubbing at all. It is softer than the Sens-ible.
I switched to a Halti though on advice from the trainer of the reactive dog class we were taking and that has worked out well. It seems to relax Bianca somehow. Now we are at the point where I can use a flat collar for most of our walks unless there are a lot of dogs around.
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I bought the SENSE-ible harness for Akbar when he was 5 months and then "upgraded" to the larger size when he was 7 months but soon after the harness just stopped working for him. He is such a stubborn hard headed dog that if he pulls, he REALLY pulls so this harness no longer does anything for him, if anything it makes him want to pull. I have to use a prong with him now or he'll drag me off my feet and I'm pretty strong. I now have Isa wear it for fun since I don't want it to go to waist as I paid $25 for it, plus she doesn't really pull at all.
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we taught our dog to heel on or off leash. my dog had a flat
collar before his choke collar. i don't need to put any pressure on the choke collar because my dog heels and he's rarely on a leash.
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