Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ed & Tess's Favorite Things: Freedom No-Pull Harness

Up until recently, we walked Edison on a prong collar.  I know there is a lot of controversy around them, but we don't regret using it at all.  It's what we needed to do to keep him at the time.  It's the knowledge and tools we had in the moment.


But as we worked harder with Edison, delved into more training techniques, and researched more information, we decided to ditch the prong collar.  We walked Edison on his martingale collar for several weeks, but wanted a bit more control in case Edison had one of his meltdowns.


A few weeks ago, we picked up the Freedom No-Pull Harness from Fit for a Pit.  We've had so much success walking Edison with this new tool!  While we have done a ton of work on loose-leash walking, this harness gives us greater control.  With the double clip leash, we clip one end to the control loop (that tightens if he pulls) and the other to his martingale for head control.


Do you use tools to walk your pooch?  What kinds?

6 comments:

  1. We also started out using prong collars when we first had Boomer and Dottie, as new dog owners we went with what we were told they needed. We figured out though that they didn't work the best and stopped using them after a while. Now both dogs walk with their martingale collars. Boomer is a really good walker so that works for him. Dottie on the other hand may need a harness to help with her pulling problem.

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  2. Both of my boys have a Freedom harness, but Ray only uses his if we get somewhere and he's keyed up. Normally he is good to go with just his martingale. I've never used a prong collar with either of them but considered it with Ray when he was younger.
    Jullius uses the Freedom for all walks. When he walks with Ray we just use the Freedom clipped to the front loop and when he's on a pack walk he uses the Freedom and a Halti.
    By the way, Edi looks adorable in his shirt and snood!

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  3. where did you get the give me space vest?

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    1. We got it off Etsy! We wrote a post about it with link, here: http://eriesistibull.blogspot.com/2013/06/ed-tesss-favorite-things-dinos-vest.html

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  4. We *just* had this recommended for us. Mine is usually good on a regular collar because we run early morning in pitch black darkness, however if I take her to a large event, or we're out in the middle of the day, I love using the harness. When she is really amped up, she still pulls like crazy in it, but I can get her under control if I use both clips. I love the velvet lining too..the easy walk harness chafed her underarm.

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    1. Ed has gotten SO MUCH better on his martingale, but we love the harness for the "just-in-case" factor.

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