Has anyone using a harness had their dog experienced shoulder injuries?
Yesterday Gracie was limping slightly then today wouldn't put her weight on her leg/foot at all. I took her to the vet and he got a slight reaction by
manipulating the shoulder and a much bigger reaction by pressing on the
large pad of her foot. We are pretty sure it's a brusied pad but when he
examined her shoulder I was wondering if using a harness could cause injury. I am using the Easy Walk harness that has the leash attchment in the front and am wondering if having the type that has the leash attachment on top would be better. She does not pull at all unless she see a person or dog (she thinks the whole world had to play with her). I have tried using a Halti but after almost a year she is still trying to rub it off with each step.......very annoying for both of us.
The reason I use a harness is that I have had back surgery and can't take the chance of reinjury by being jerked.
Now before I get all the training comments let me say that I have owned many dogs in my life all of which I taught to walk very nicely on a leash.
Gracie is my 18 months old and I am still working on her social skills.
We will get to the point of not needing the harness, I don't plan on using it forever.
By the way I did ask the vet and he said he had not seen any injuries caused by using a harness.