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I have a 4.5 month old Shepherd and I'm looking for some harness recommendations. I'm just using a chest harness for walks, he isn't really a puller so that isn't the issue, I just don't like how it sits on him. The bottom of the harness comes right past his chest and it seems like its putting pressure on his belly.

Just curious if anyone has anything they'd recommend, since I'm a little new to the deep chested dogs.
 

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I don't normally use harnesses, but I had to use one for a while last summer when my adult dog was recovering from eye surgery. We went to a PetSense store and tried some on until we found one we liked -- I wanted one with a handle on top to be able to lift him when needed, as he wasn't allowed to jump after surgery. I *love* the harness we ended up with...but it was about $70 for a big dog. It's cushioned in all the right places, and the handle is heavy-duty.


I think you might be happiest if you go "clothes shopping" with the pup to try on some high-end options that are more than just straps. Hopefully you can find one that's adjustable to accommodate rapid growth of a pup!
 

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A collar -- a flat collar for pups, and a prong collar for grown ups (which isn't painful or mean for the dog at all, when used properly).
 

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We happened to have one leftover from a failed adoption, and it fits. I've heard horror stories of dogs collapsing their throats from pulling too hard with just a collar on, but that may be an unfounded fear with Tank. I may just get a martingale collar since that seems to be the route most are suggesting.
 

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I use Petsafe 3 in 1 harness, that also has the chest hook. I still have it except in a larger size. Since I transition her a lot between leash and off leash, I sometimes prefer it over her prong or regular collar as I can grab her easier especially when we are hiking with the handle on the back of the harness. I've tried a few others and haven't been impressed with anything else. I like the minimalist straps too.


I also wanted to post because my pup started to become a puller when she grew out of her small size chest harness that coincided with a huge growth spurt. In that short time we had her just on her regular collar, she went from a no-pull dog to a pretty big problem on the leash.


So now she has a larger size of the 3 in 1 harness as well as a prong collar and she's back to being pretty obedient on the leash. So, at least in my experience, be weary of deeming her a gentle puller at this stage.
 
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