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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-09-2012, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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safe collars/harnesses

Anya's tragedy has motivated me to look for a safer collar or harness for Gracie. Does anyone have a recommendation?

I see that Premier and others make quick release collars, but I am nervous that they could come undone too easily in play (or if I tried to grab her collar to leash her up etc). Then my puppy would be off-leash without any collar/ID tags at all, which makes me very nervous! How easily do they pop open?

We have a harness (Walk Your Dog with Love) but I don't use it for off-leash running as I don't want it to chafe her in any way. Does anyone have a comfy harness that they would recommend for off-leash play?

Gracie's current collar is a Quick Snap Premier with a plastic snap buckle. It is not designed as a breakaway.

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Re: safe collars/harnesses

I was looking into this too, because of Anya's story.

If dog breakaway collars are anything like that breakaway collars I used for my cats...the break away pretty easily. You would not be able to restrain your dog with a collar--it takes a little pressure to break it apart, but the amount you exert by grabbing a collar to attach a leash (or grabbing in an emergency situation) would be more than enough to make the collar open.

Jasper's old harness (Easy Walk) caused some chafing and a small rash to show up on his leg--probably because the hardware loosens easily, meaning it's more likely to rub. I use a slip lead on Jasper when we walk, so it doesn't matter to me where the leash snaps on (front or back), but if anyone uses a harness that they love, it'd be great to hear about!

ETA: Some breakaway collars are not meant to be used with leashes, while others have safety features that allow you to use it while walking (two D-rings on either side of the breakaway tab that you must use the leash on, as opposed to just one, for example).
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We bought the Ezy dog harness for Otto when he was a puppy. I bought two at the time, one for his size then and one for him to grow into(he wears the second one now). I believe it was originally recommended by Bodhi in a post on biking with a V. I bought it when he was young so that he would grow accustom to it early on and it wouldn't be a difficult transition when he was old enough to accompany us on bike rides.

It comes with an attachment for the car so I always use it when we go for rides. Before I read Jess's post about Anya, I would keep both the collar and harness on him when playing in case i had to put him on leash (i prefer walking him with the collar). Now I will remove it unless we are walking.

I really don't have any complaints about the harness. No noticeable chaffing, he doesn't seem to mind it (although at first he wanted it OFF!) but now he doesn't seem to notice. It's easy to get on and off. It looks great on him, but what doesn't?! Lol

http://store.ezydog.com/productimage...urrent_image=2

This one looks like it would be even less complicated to put on, just slip on and buckle from the bottom http://store.ezydog.com/quickfit-harness/

This one is their newest harness (wasn't offered when I purchased) looks like they have saddle bag attachments on the way ...and look who's sporting it - go figure! http://store.ezydog.com/productimage...urrent_image=2

These particular links are for north American residents. Those of you in other regions that are interested, just go to ezydog.com and they give you the option to choose your location

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post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-09-2012, 03:33 PM
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It looks great on him, but what doesn't?! Lol
So true! I think Jasper could wear a burlap sack and it would look great. Can I ask what size Otto wears? Jasper's neck is more of a small, while his girth is more medium, and his weight falls in the large range! I think the manufacturer recommends going by girth for the best fit.
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Re: safe collars/harnesses

I've purchased several items from Ultra Paws -- Gear for Dogs, and have been very happy with the quality of their products. The harness and leash I now use for walks with Willie are actually hand-me-downs from my previous dog. They've had LOTS of use, and have held up very well. They're still like new, really. If you visit their web site, just look at the menu on the left and click on "harnesses". 8) http://www.ultrapaws.com



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Redrover,

Otto falls under all the same categories!! He wears a medium. It's getting a little snug, so I'm sure I will have to adjust the straps, but that will give him room to grow until he needs the next size up!

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Re: safe collars/harnesses

I don't mean to sound like a nincompoop but the only collars I've ever bought for Jake have a plastic clip....are these the breakaway safe collars? I thought so but then some of you were expressing concern about them restraining the dogs enough. We were riding on our golf cart one time and I had Jake's leash attached to him and thought in my hand....it had fallen and gotten trapped under the golf cart tire. I didn't realize any of this until Jake's neck went down a bit and WHOOSH that collar was sucked off him in seconds, it really did work. So grateful. I remember from that point on thinking I would never buy the kind that buckled like a belt. Can someone please confirm that the plastic ones are the safe kind? We've always had this kind and Jake pulls pretty hard on walks etc and that has never broken one.
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Re: safe collars/harnesses

This is a breakaway collar: http://www.amazon.com/Premier-KeepSa.../dp/B0002H3ZTO

This is a regular plastic collar buckle (quick release): http://www.amazon.com/Large-Pretty-P...621847&sr=1-10

The former will separate with much less force than the latter.

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Re: safe collars/harnesses

The problem is not with the flat collars, in general. Most flat and even training collars are fit on the dog way too loose. If a collar is fit tight enough (one finger under, max two), they are reasonably safe.

I bought numerous harnesses for my dogs and don't like anything on the dog back that blocks air movement, as dog will over heat come summer time.

I also think that with a harness, the dog must know heel off leash (with distractions), otherwise, the owner will get a gym quality workout every time.



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post #10 of 30 (permalink) Old 05-10-2012, 01:10 AM
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Re: safe collars/harnesses

I think there is some confusion surrounding the quick-release collar. Maybe it's because the name gives the illusion that it will release quickly if the dog gets caught. But really it's just quick-release for the dog owner, as the plastic side release buckle is easier to take on and off compared to a belt style buckle.

If safety is the number one concern, I think the break away collars or body harnesses are a must.
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