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My bf called me about 2 hours ago to say that Lola was gaging and coughing, it sounded like she was trying to hack something up.
 

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I use a harness on Tyson and it works so much better for walking.  It does not choke him.  When he used a collar for walks, he would always try and get ahead of us, and end up ckoking himself.  Any pet store has them available.  I have 2 different ones for Tyson.  (you can kinda see it on him in my sig).
 

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We dont walk Sadie yet, but we do have to have her on a leash when we take her out to potty for now because we dont have a fenced in yard (yet...next summer we will :) But we find she is waay better on a harness, like Michelle said it doesnt choke her. If we use the collar she pulls on it and Im afraid of hurting her! Heres a pic of the harness we got her...I think its made by Avenue.
 

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I use a gentle leader body harness. I tried the head collar and it wasn't good for Hoosier. He chokes himself on a regular neck collar when he gets excited (even though he walks well on one without dog distractions). We keep it around for regular walks. When we go to the park or day care, we use the harness. THe "d" ring is in front, at the height of his chest and just below his neck. If he pulls, he comes toward me and doesn't choke. He quickly figured out that pulling was not gettting him where he wanted to be, so now he "mall walks" and doesn't get way out in front at the park. Tough part is taking it off so he can play.
 

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A harness can be both good and bad. Good because it does help with any choking that is caused by pulling-however one thing you want to remember with a harness is it helps with a boxers pulling power.  Personally we choose to go with a gentle leader until Reese was correctly trained with walking, then switched her to a nylon collar and leash. Is lola leash trained? or is that what is being worked on now? the only reason i ask is because if you decide to go wit a harness i would not make it a permanent use in Lola's life strictly because of it adding to pulling power, which in itself it could cause another issue that you will have to correct later on.
 

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I used the Easy Walk harness by Gentle Leader to help teach Chloe how to walk without pulling. Now we just use a regular collar because her pulling has stopped.  Poor Lola, hope that nasty cough goes away soon!
 

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southerngirls\";p=\"30728 said:
Is lola leash trained? or is that what is being worked on now? the only reason i ask is because if you decide to go wit a harness i would not make it a permanent use in Lola's life strictly because of it adding to pulling power, which in itself it could cause another issue that you will have to correct later on.
We're working on it now.  She's pretty good walking with me, but if someone else is with me then she's trying to pull the entire time to get to them.  She also pulls to sniff things, etc.  
We've been bad with training I must admit.  We're both working a lot and still fixing up our house, so poor Lola's training has been put on the backburner.  We really need to step it up.  She knows sit and heel, but doesn't always obey them.  She needs desparate work on come, down, no jumping, leave it, drop it, no counter surfing, don't run out the door just because some idiot friend left it wide open, she's still nipping when she wants to play too.  I'm stressed just typing this.  She's choke collar trained so I didn't want to take it off her until we were at a good point with training, but I'm not going to leave it on her if that's what caused the coughing.

Thanks for your help everyone!
 

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What does everyone think of martingale collars?  I use to use them on my afghans and never had any problems with pulling or leash training, but an afghan has a totally different temperment.  I know they are very popular with sight hounds, in fact just about everyone I knew used them.   Maybe I just missed it.  I know they are not the type of collar to leave on the dog at all times, but just wondered if anyone uses them.
 

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ditto

I was reading a Boxer mag about the martigale collars and was curious about opinions on them. They're kinda hard to find too.
 

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We love the harness as well. It may not be the best for training, but it can sure save them from being choked...they are so strong, the harness is almost a must have item, in my opinion.
 

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[quote="southerngirls\";p=\"30728":1so6gwj2]A harness can be both good and bad. Good because it does help with any choking that is caused by pulling-however one thing you want to remember with a harness is it helps with a boxers pulling power.
 

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We use to make them with the collar and leash all in one piece.  You just had to buy the hardware (rings) and leash material, and you could decorate them anyway you wanted.  They sell the collars at The Big Dog Boutique too.  Here's another link for martingales:

http://www.bigdogboutique.com/ProductCa ... ageStyle=H

Between the leash and the collar you're looking at over $55.00 where you can make them for less than $10.00.  The best part is that one size fits all.
They are not choke collars and can easily be used on Russian Wolfhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, afghans and greyhounds, which are pretty big dogs.
 

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I have tried several harnesses for Brady...Abby is a great walker, so collar and leash are adequate...the only two that I found that worked with Brady were the original Sporn...but I found the plastic clip part to be rather cheap and Brady got his teeth into it for just a moment and it broke, and the gentle leader harness.  Every other one I tried (and that was maybe 4 other kinds) did nothing to stop his pulling. The only thing I don't like about the gentle leader harness is that with the D ring being in the front, if they are walking even the tiniest bit in front it you, it pulls around the side of their front area, causing the chest strap to loosen.

I know, I know, they are not supposed to walk in front of you...but have you ever tried to convince a natural hunting dog that he is not actually a hunting dog and does not need to sniff EVERY square inch before you reach it?  Abby trots along next to me, happily struttin' her stuff, doesn't sniff anything but the air...with Brady, however, how he doesn't get road burn on his nose is beyond me....
 

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We tried using a regular collar and choke chain on Debo, but he would pull and in turn start coughing/choking. He did better and better, but we thought a harness would be better. I hated the sound of him coughing. He's a little agressive, wanting to walk faster than I walk, but does pretty good for the most part. We now use the harness, but I have to admit, if there is a dog or something he wants - RIGHT THEN AND THERE - it's hard to keep a handle on him. I literally have to use all my weight to pull him back and he almost drags me! He's VERY powerful with the harness on. I like it b/c it doesn't choke me, but if he decides he wants to go after something (especially a dog behind a fence on the sidewalk) it takes a little struggle to gain control.
 

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Hey Alicia, sorry Lola is coughing.  I'm not a fan of the harness for various reasons. I like to control the head/brain when we are walking.  I just ordered a slip collar/leash for Bella www.petexpertise.com  $12.99 I think.  Works very well.  I also use a martingale style collar for the lab when we go to very busy spots.  I like the combo things b/c I usually end up with tons of collars & leashes all over the house!!
 

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so what is the problem w/ the harness? we use one on our pup cause he also developed a cough from a regular collar? we have had no problems it is better for him in the way it does not aggitate his vocal area.
this is the first i have heard problems w/ a harness one so do tell..  (please)
 

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Im also curious about what the harness causes. I didnt quite catch what you were saying about pulling sorry. I was going to get a harness for our new puppy because my boyfriend is used to using them. Is there another link about this? I will be searching for one in the mean time.
 
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