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Can anyone recommend me a dog collar/harness/lead?

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Arabellasmella Thu 30-Aug-12 14:41:26

Hi,
We have a year old collie/terrier cross. We got him five months ago from a rescue, and all is going well. he is a really good boy and is fine at walking on the lead except that he occasionaly does sudden lurches if he sees others dogs/cats/joggers/children/sheep/anything that moves! This would be fine if we were secure with his collar/harness but we are not, on four occasions he has managed to come off, and it has frightened the beejus out of me. I think we probably just don't have the right stuff but i'm confused about what's best.

Lead: we have an extender lead. I like it because i can keep him on the lead if I need to when we're out in the woods and he can still have a run about. However if he's on the long lead and he does a big lurch that's when the trouble has started.

Collar. we have a soft collar with a plastic clip type buckle. It has snapped open a few times. Would we be better with a buckle? leather? This kind of thing:-
www.petsathome.com/shop/green-spotty-medium-collar-by-pets-at-home-79469

Harness. Got a harness when feeling worried about the collar.
Husband bought this
www.petsathome.com/shop/red-nylon-dog-harness-by-pets-at-home-48125
it tightens up fine over the back but there is a loose bit that dangles down at the front. Twice now he has tossed his head and jumped and managed to get out of the whole thing. It was terrifying. What sort should we get so that the la'al monkey never manages to slip free?

Would appreciate all advice thank you!

candytuft63 Thu 30-Aug-12 14:49:39

Halti collars are excellent. There will be trouble when you put it on your dog at first, but they are very good.

shoutymcshoutsmum Thu 30-Aug-12 14:54:04

I use Gentle Leader for my gsp - can recommend.

Floralnomad Thu 30-Aug-12 15:10:30

I use a canny collar and find this better than the Halti as a head collar type . I also have a Doxlock harness which seems very secure . Like yours mydog ,a Patterdale X , seemed to be able to escape from harnesses with ease and we tried loads of different types . I cannot walk mine on a collar for medical reasons.

Loveleopardprint Thu 30-Aug-12 16:40:44

I know this probably sounds mad but are you putting the harness on the right way round? What is the dangly bit for? When I took my pup to the vet I was very embarrassed as she told me I had the harness on the wrong way round!blush

Arabellasmella Thu 30-Aug-12 21:31:40

Thankls all I will have a look. Leopard you might be right, I can tell that there are two different ways up with it but i'm never sure which is right. My husband suspects exactly the same thing!!!

MothershipG Thu 30-Aug-12 21:41:51

You should not attach an extendable lead to a collar or head collar as it can seriously hurt your dog. Always use a harness with an extendable lead, I would recommend these either the regular or perfect fit, I have them for all 3 of my dogs.

peterre Tue 09-Oct-12 10:04:17

dog harness is better for dog fur and skin protection, you can try this one:
www.buychina.com/products?keyword=dog+harness&cid=
www.buychina.com/items/the-cool-large-dogs-pet-traction-suit-large-dog-with-a-safety-clasp-vehicle-electronics-harness-for-working-dogs-b-ssprrtsqpqh

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