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im looking for a harness

Discussion in 'American Bully' started by cinder80, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. cinder80

    cinder80 Puppy

    I have a 7 month old female blue bully. I'm looking for a good no pull harness preferably with a handle. Tell me about what you like and don't like.
     
  2. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I find that harnesses in general encourage pulling and are not good for leash training. A flat collar is what I always start out with and work on a foundation of training before adding any extra tools.
     
  3. cinder80

    cinder80 Puppy

    Would you recommend the gentle leader?
     
  4. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I'm not a fan of head halters because you're whopping the dog's head around and potentially causing head and neck injuries. Although there are other members here that like to use them.

    The no-pull (front clip) harness works, sort of. My mom uses it on her dog and now when he wants to pull, he walks sideways. So I'm not really a fan of those either.
     
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  5. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I actually do like the head halters, but as uno said, they can cause issues. Any tool must be used in conjunction with training, not just slapped on as a cure-all. You're probably fine using any tool as long as you're using it correctly and teaching the dog what you want from them, not just what you don't want.
     
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  6. cinder80

    cinder80 Puppy

    Thanks everyone I will be looking at some stuff to figure out what will work.
     
  7. Isabella Mom

    Isabella Mom Puppy

    I like the Martingale Collars.
     
  8. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    if you choose the gentle leader you need to fasten it to another collar in case Isabella gets out of it. The prong collar may be a good way to start.
     
  9. Worg

    Worg Little Dog

    I use a prong, but I will say that smaller prongs can be painful. I purchased a micro prong for my Bully mix, she is 50 lbs. She doesn't really need it, she mostly pulls if she sees a squirrel, but I never had a micro prong before and dang those things are pretty pokey! I use a large prong on my brothers GSD and it works amazing for him, he is a constant puller and 100 lbs, pretty hard for me to handle without the prong.
     
  10. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    We've only used the large prong collars for our 50lb+ dogs?
     
  11. Worg

    Worg Little Dog

    Small breeds (below 20 lbs) likely won't pull hard enough for the collar to cause pain. My Bully is a sporadic puller and forgets she is wearing a prong, so she sometimes hits the end of her leash at high speeds and would yelp pretty loud when I used the prong. I decided with such irregular pulling a prong wasn't needed on her. I want to try a bungee leash on her to help my arm and her neck when she sees something she has to go after, I have never used one though so I am not sure what to expect.
    There are medium prongs, but generally pet stores only sell large and micro. Leerburg sells three sizes, they call them small, large and Xlarge, but I'm pretty sure the Xlarge is the standard large one you'll find at pet stores.
     
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