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Old 10-23-2017, 03:30 AM
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At the moment I have 3 step in harnesses (Sunshine yesterday chewed on 1, so I had to throw it) And 1 roman harness, it's the brand Kong and was a bit high price (for me)
Anyways, if I feel like the dogs "need" a roman harness I'd buy a cheap one as it's for when their in the backyard (a lot of dirt)
I read there is no neck component to step in harnesses, and they may be a better choice for dogs with neck issues. Is this true/ make sense?
My dogs are also big pullers (for being Chi's)
Would you recommend roman or step in harness?
I feel like a roman is more secure. But I'm not too sure.
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Old 10-23-2017, 04:24 PM
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For my tiny girl (4 pounds soaking wet) I use a ferret harness. It fits her just fine. It is a mesh. I also have several step in harness's for them. The harness does not go across the neck, rather it goes up between the legs, and over the back.
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Old 10-24-2017, 03:42 AM
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Okay so it does make sense that's it's better for dogs with sensitive necks.
My thing now is that my dogs are a bit sensitive but at the same time they are pullers. And I feel like a roman harness is more secure.
I just don't know if I should go with what I feel is more comfortable knowing my type of dogs or just use a step in as it's safer for their necks.
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Old 10-24-2017, 08:10 AM
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Have you had a look at the Puppia soft mesh vest harnesses? I find them to be very good, sturdy yet padded. The XS fits my 3lb puppy for reference.
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Old 10-24-2017, 01:57 PM
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My smallest one is 5 pounds and he does have a vest harness. But it's not mesh or the brand Puppia (spelling?)
I once bought a mesh harness for Sunshine and it was way to big (should have got XS) plus it seemed like it quickly gets too dirty (opinion) So I much rather just stick with a regular harness.
But the vest is perfect for my little guy and he definitely doesn't mind being in it.
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Old 10-25-2017, 12:25 AM
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I tend to prefer Roman style if I can find one to fit the dog well. You can adjust the shoulder straps so the O ring is at or below the breast bone. That really keeps all the pressure away from the neck. I use a step-in now only because I couldn't find a Roman that fit my skinny little guy. There are good options if the dog's chest is over 12" around. Mine is only about 11", so he is hard to fit.
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Old 10-25-2017, 03:07 AM
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Yes I also prefer the roman style honestly but I was wondering if one was "better"
I never realized that the roman can be too big for the smaller Chi's. But my dogs fit just fine in either.
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Old 10-25-2017, 06:22 PM
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I don't think we can say that one is better than the other in general. It depends on what the person wants and what fits the dog comfortably. If both fit a dog well without causing discomfort, it is up to the owner's preference.
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