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I adopted a greyhound cross about 2 months ago but am having a really hard time finding a harness that suits her.

She is quite strong and I am working on her training but for the time being I cant really use a collar as it irritates the skin on her neck and she now has a bald patch on the underneath of her neck. I only put her collar on now when we are out for walks, for identification purposes.

 

I have bought 2 harnesses for her to help with her pulling but both are irritating her skin under her armpits and across her chest. Last night I noticed that her skin was quite pink where the harness sits and the hair is starting to rub off.

 

Anybody know of any other harnesses I could use that wont rub or chaf her skin? Preferably with a front ring attachment for her leash..??

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Check out the One Stop Harness Shop on Facebook. I use her harnesses for my guys and they're great. The webbing is very thick and soft, plus she can add padding if you'd like. The ring attachment is on the chest, sort of like a martingale in front. They're custom made, so you can discuss what you want with Toni (the owner) and come up with something that will work for you.


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The harness lead is one piece, with soft rolled, rather than flat webbing, straps. They have a website, and there are several YouTube videos explaining it. It is a leash and harness in one piece, and you don't have to lift the feet or fasten snaps to put it on. It comes in several colors, and you can get it on Amazon, as well as pet places. Check it out! Several people from my group have switched to this.

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Most greyhounds have bald spots on their necks. You need to address the dog's skin and not worry about the rubbing. Start feeding her an omega fatty acid supplement. That will improve her skin and may lessen the hair loss from a collar or harness.

 

For what it's worth, I find a harness useless for training and only good if your dog is a spook and apt to back out of a collar. There is a reason sled dogs wear harnesses--you've put the control device where the dog is strongest!



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I found sewing a satin ribbon inside the collar where it rubbed stopped the hair loss. No personal experience of harnesses but I have seen ones where the webbing is encased in fleece, presumably for this reason. Maybe you could add fleece to one of your existing harnesses yourself?


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Thanks for the replies. I cant see the harness lead working without itritating her skin, especially since its made of nylon. Id prefer something more padded. Her comfort is my main concern.

 

As for the food, she is on a decent brand but i am going to change her to a sensitive version and see if this helps with the irritations.

 

Sewing satin or fleece onto her current harness might be the answer. Or ive seen a few other fleece harnesses online that might help.

 

Has anyone used a puppia harness? Are they good for this use?

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What brand of harnesses have you tried so far?


 

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Ive tried a Halti Harness that has padding on it but it still rubs her and ive tried a Mikki anti-pull harness.

Ive sewed on some padding to the Mikki harness for now so im going to buy a new harness tomorrow - either a Puppia Harness or a fleece webbed harness like this...

http://www.dog-games-shop.co.uk/harnesses-fleece-lined/size-4-fleece-lined-dog-harness/pink-fleece-black-webbing-size-4-harness.html

 

Which do you think would suit better?

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I use a Dog-It one. Bought it originally to secure dog in seat of car via seatbelt. That never worked, so I use it to walk. I'm not sure if its designed any differently to be softer through the chest etc, but that's what I'm using and it works well for us. It's not nylon in the front but is up the sides.

 

It makes me feel better knowing I can control Ryder better but note that a harness does give your dog more power. Bit of a trade off but on days he's a handful, a harness is a godsend for me.

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Try the 2Hounds.com Freedom harness. It has a front chest D ring so when the dog pulls, it sounds around to face you. It also has a top D ring on the back with a Martindale for when they don't pull. The bottom part of the harness is lined in velvet. I've never had a problem with my pullers getting skin irritation from these harnesses.


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I would try the Freedom Harness mentioned above. It's what I recommend to all of my clients. Really someone should start sending me royalties because all of the dogs we work with in day yeah ing have them now. :lol


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I use Harness Lead for my grey, and would recommend it. I bought it because my current grey is a strong puller, and has a tendency to try and back out of his collar/lead. We walk every day for quite a while, and it has worked really well.

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The Freedom No-Pull Harness from 2Hounds is my favorite! http://www.2houndsdesign.com/Freedom-No-Pull-Harness/ It has velvet under the arms and clips to the front or top or both. You should also keep a tag collar on her all the time with ID. My girl's neck is bald too and I recently switched to a leather tag collar from Long Dog Leather Works which I think has helped, and I rub a little coconut oil on the bald spot.


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