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Sporn Harness or Easy Walk Harness?
  • BruceBillisBruceBillis
    Posts: 100
    Hey All,

    I'm working on loose leash training with my Shiba, Bruce, and he is a puller. I was considering supplementing his training with a harness that discourages pulling.

    I've seen other posts on here with positive remarks about both of these harnesses, but haven't seen a product to product comparison of the two. I wanted to see if anyone has had experience with both and can share any insight on the benefits/disadvantages of the types of harnesses, and ultimately which they felt was superior for their Shiba.

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y265/MatthewT484/sporn-harness-instructions.jpg
    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y265/MatthewT484/EasyWalk-thumb.jpg
    Bruce Billis | Red-Sesame Shiba Inu | DOB: 11/12/2011 | Southern California - Irvine
    Post edited by BruceBillis at 2012-03-12 20:00:21
  • Hir0Hir0
    Posts: 45
    The easy walk definitely helped my dog as far as pulling but it made him try and bite the leash a whole lot more. It was just teasing him all the time
  • I started Kip off with a step in harness, he pulled some but not a lot. I recently got Kip a great trainer who suggest a martingale collar and it does WONDERS. Took him 2 days to learn how to heel and not pull. I would also suggest a martingale to you. Hopefully when i get Kip his webmaster harness the leash training will transfer over!
  • cjcbcjcb
    Posts: 109
    @Kip - how did you decide which martingale to use? Tochi is a puller too. and I was going to get him a harness, but I feel that's going to make things worse and want to work on his pulling first.
    Tochi Satake | Red Shiba Inu | DOB: 10/15/2011 | Miami, FL
    http://tochitheshiba.tumblr.com/
  • @cjcb yeah, harnesses do not help with the dog's innate compulsion for oppositional force. Meaning they naturally will try to go the opposite way of the tension on the leash, especially when the leash is clipped in from the back like in most harnesses. Shibas are small dogs and will fit a small sized martingale through out their lives. I use this one, Kip looks really good in red =D

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DXCWKI/ref=oh_o01_s00_i01_details

    Post edited by KiptheKipster at 2012-03-13 02:25:55
  • BruceBillisBruceBillis
    Posts: 100
    @Hir0

    Thanks for the advice. I had not thought about that, Bruce doesn't typically go for the leash however, he has chewed it before, so the easy walk might instigate some bad behaviors.

    @KiptheKipster

    I wanted to use a harness because Bruce has had kennel cough for a while and I wanted something that wouldn't aggravate it.

    Although, The martingale does seem like a nice option for the future once his cough has subsided. I'm curious, is the martingale safe to use as a tag collar?
    Bruce Billis | Red-Sesame Shiba Inu | DOB: 11/12/2011 | Southern California - Irvine
  • It's just as safe as a regular collar. It doesnt really choke the dog, it just tightens to let him no he needs to stop what he's doing.

    It's been discussed and I totally agree that if you're using a metal crate in which ANY collar might get caught and in result strangulate your poor pup, then you should take off the collar when crating. but otherwise yes, you can use a martingale as a tag collar. although i do not.
  • cjcbcjcb
    Posts: 109
    @Kip, did you consider the Premier collar? there's no metal parts but it seems to server the same function.

    http://www.amazon.com/Premier-Collar-Medium-1-Inch-Black/dp/B000JCZQ1C/ref=zg_bs_2975430011_2?tag=acleint-20
    Tochi Satake | Red Shiba Inu | DOB: 10/15/2011 | Miami, FL
    http://tochitheshiba.tumblr.com/
  • BruceBillisBruceBillis
    Posts: 100
    Update.

    I was able to speak with my trainer about this and was advised not to use either of these (the Easy Walk & Sporn Harnesses) with the loose leash training. She said that it would only teach Bruce not to pull when he's wearing the harness, but that he might still pull when wearing a collar.

    Anyhow, she also recommended a martingale type collar, so I just bought one at my local PetsMart.

    @cjcb

    I looked on Amazon for an inexpensive martingale collar, but after I accounted for shipping they were only about a dollar cheaper than the martingale collars in my local PetsMart.

    I'd recommend going into the store, for the extra dollar you can try on various styles and see how they look/work before you buy. To me it was worth it.
    Bruce Billis | Red-Sesame Shiba Inu | DOB: 11/12/2011 | Southern California - Irvine
  • The metal part of the martingale doesn't really touch the dog. Its just there for reinforcement. Although if given the chance I would probably purchase an all cloth martingale. I personally dislike the look of chains on dogs.

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