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Old 10-16-2012, 08:20 AM
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Hi guy,s would like to know if anyone has tried the,easy walk harness, and what you think about them? i have put charchis name down for obedience classes next month, and the women i spoke to said he had to wear one of these tye of harness, so i bought one and i dont like it at all. I used it today and charchi saw a large dog and went right off at it, next thing i know is ,carchi,s spinning around and flips over on to his back. So i took him home and put on his puppia harness, which i know is safe. The puppia harness actually saved his but last week when a large dog off leash, came running at him , i diden,t even think of what i did next ,I pulled really quickley on the leash which bought charchi straight up into my arms, and bought him up nice and even so he wasen,t hurt. I,m afraid i,m a puppia fan now. But what do i do for the obedience classes, as i dont like this other harness at all, Anyone tried them?
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:35 AM
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To be honest, I think a good dog trainer will even be able to help you train Charchi while having a harness on. I am not sure why exactly you want the training (no pulling on the lead, etc.) but if you think the easy walk harness is unsafe then I wouldn't use it. I also think it's just an easy solution for the dog trainer while I think the trainer should be actually the one trying to solve the problem without any harsh training airds (such as the easy walk harness). You would want him to generally behave better on lead and not just because he has this training harness on and completely act out again once he has his normal puppia harness on. That's at least what I think .
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Hi Sabine, i,m going to ring her and see if i can use the puppia, although dont like my chances,My problem with charchi is he does pull sometimes, when we first start walking, and when he see,s a big dog, and i cant get him to walk anywhere thats even a little noisy, he gets scared. I also spoke to another dog trainer who has bording kennels and does dog training, and agility training, as well.She holds a class on a saturday for all size dogs it,s just to socialize dogs, so this is really all i,m after. Charchi loves and play,s well with little and big kids, and small dogs, but hates being petted by adults, he,s scared of them and big dogs, do you hink the class for socializaion is all i need?
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As someone who has taught dog training classes and worked with some major pullers, the easy-walk is a really handy tool. I would sometimes request that owners of large dogs that pulled come to class in an easy-walk or a gentle leader, so they had a means of keeping control over their dog in the early weeks when we were introducing appropriate ways to loose leash walk. Sometimes making it harder for a dog to pull also makes it much easier to teach them to stop.

That being said, Charchi is a small dog, and I expect even if he pulls on leash, he's not about to drag you across the room. Also, the easy walk works well, but only if it is fitted correctly, and figuring out the right fit can be a little tricky if you've never used one before. I would call your instructor and explain what happened, tell her you're going to bring Charchi on his puppia harness, but bring the easy walk with you. She should be able to show you how to properly fit it. Also, if you clip the leash to the front of the harness AND his collar, both, you should stop that flipping that happened when he shoots to the end of the leash.

The bottom line is that the easy walk harness is a good tool for many dogs that pull, but it's still just one tool. A good trainer has multiple ways to address any training issue, and if you're not a fan of the first one she suggests, she should work with you to try something else.

ETA: I think if you have a shy dog, an obedience class is better than a socialization group. In obedience class, there's less pressure for the dogs to directly interact, which gives shy dogs time to gain confidence. Learning commands can also build confidence and help a timid dog feel more certain and secure. Stick it out a couple classes and see what you think!
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Frida's Sense-ation harness has been great for her. The Easy Walk never fit her right, but it's the same design. She used to pull badly in her other harness, and now she walks very well on lead.
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Thanks, Smith, i ,ll try attaching it to his collar as well, i will stick to the obedience class then, i can understand what your saying there. Can you tell me though, is this harness only for training or is it to be used for everyday walking? cause i find it a bit strange with the lead comming from the front, i have to keep ajusting it,s length as charchie,s foot can get caught under it and i hav to keep the lead up off the ground to stop that hapening? thanks -janet.
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Ladycakes, do you use this harness all the time? thanks-janet.
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The easy-walk is a management tool. It was designed to be worn whenever you walk your dog, like any harness. Some people use it while training with the goal of ultimately walking their dog on a collar or regular harness. Some people just use the easy-walk as their daily harness and don't care to do any actual training. The makers of the easy-walk (which is really just a knockoff of the Sense-ation harness which I agree is designed a bit better) made it for either situation.

It is a weird design, compared to the standard harness, but the idea it's based around is really clever. It uses something called the 'oppositional reflex'. We have this reflex, and so do dogs. It's the innate urge you have to pull in the opposite direction of a force. So, like, when someone grabs your arm unexpectedly, you jerk away before you think about it. Well, dogs do this too, which is part of while they pull on leash. When the leash gets tight, their collar or harness pushes against the front of their neck/chest and the urge is to push against that tension. Similarly, if you've ever tried to take hold of a dog's collar/harness and tug them forward, you know that they usually sit down and lean back against the pulling.

The easy-walk is designed so that when a dog hits the end of the leash and pulls, the leash is clipped to the front of the harness and the tension makes the front strap shift to one side. This causes the back strap of the harness to lift and bump up against the back of the dog's front legs, which feels just like someone took hold of the harness and pulled it forward. And what happens when the harness gets pulled forward? The oppositional reflex says 'stop. Back up'. So, instead of hitting the end of the leash and straining, like dogs do on a regular harness or collar, when they hit the end of the leash on an easy-walk, they stop pulling and back up a step.

In the beginning, this does mean the dog will end up walking with the leash between his legs a lot more. It gets better, the more you use it. Also, make sure when you put it on, that the strap across the chest is going straight across. From the side, the easy-walk should look like a sideways T. If it looks more like an L (if the front strap is sagging down), you want to tighten it so it's going straight across your dog's chest.
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