INTRODUCING THE EASY WALK® HARNESS
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Although she had never been for a walk or attached to a lead, my littlest mill dog Reese was always the best little walker. Right by my side, no tension on the leash and engaged with her person. Yes, she enjoyed the occasional sniff and stopped to mark or do her business – it’s a dogs job. Henry was a bit more work as he would pull to sniff at everything and takes offense to certain vehicles, and almost all dogs. If other dogs don’t offend him, he whines and pulls in an attempt to meet them. With two dogs, one easy and one a slight challenge, I was able to manage. I admit fault in that I did not keep up with Henry’s leash training – or, I didn’t keep up with my husband’s training of Henry’s training (both pet parents need to be onboard and consistent). So, when we added our third, fearful, anxious dog to the mix, I had more than two hands full!
Reese is stubborn and lags behind or suddenly stops in protest. Funny how, as soon as we get home she wants to play fetch – for hours! Henry is the leader of the dogs and pulls ahead looking for the next best sniff or a spot that requires marking. Jack will spook at the quack of a duck, and we hear plenty of those on our walk along the lake.
Jack used to try to slip his harness to get away from the sound of a poop bag being pulled from its case!
Here’s a not so pretty picture: Jack pulling backwards to slip his harness, or lurching forward until he is practically standing on his back legs, zigzagging from side to side getting caught up with Henry while my second hand is stretched out behind me, attached to the end of
slow poke’s Reese’s leash. Sigh, this was frustrating, and our walks were definitely NOT a walk in the park.
Even though Jack was three-years-old when we rescued him, I still took him to puppy classes. I knew that, because of his fearfulness, it might be more about socializing him than actually training him. I was pleasantly surprised – although anxious, Jack, like most dogs, was eager to learn and is happy to please. As his person, I just have to know what and how to instruct him and what tools will help us be a successful team. It was at one of these training sessions I was first introduced to the Easy Walk Harness. Thank you, Veronica! Our trainer, Veronica explained the natural instinct of a dog to resist against being pulled back. It becomes a struggle between you and your dog!
Train your dog. Enjoy your walk.
Easy Walk Harnesses & Headcollars are the effective, comfortable and simple way to help your dog stop pulling on the lead.
How do Easy Walk Harnesses differ from other harnesses?
Unlike traditional collars, the Easy Walk Harness does not cause coughing, gagging or choking because the chest strap rests low across the breastbone.
Its unique, front-chest lead attachment stops pulling by steering your dog to the side and redirecting his attention towards the owner.
The quick snap buckles make the harness easy to put on and remove, while four adjustment points provide maximum comfort for the dog.
- Discourages pulling on the lead quickly and comfortably
- Front-chest lead attachment with unique martingale loop redirects dog’s forward motion and prevents twisting
- Perfect for teaching dogs to walk nicely on a lead
- Chest straps rest across dog’s breastbone, preventing gagging and choking
- Quick-snap buckles on shoulder and belly straps for easy on and off
- Four adjustment points provide maximum comfort and reliable fit
- Belly strap is a complementary colour, making it easy to tell which strap goes over the shoulders and which strap goes under the belly
This harness is available in four sizes and three colours: red, black, and pink (as modeled by my crew).
The Deluxe harness has thicker, padded straps made of neoprene and has reflective strips for enhanced visibility at night. This product is available in blue, green, red, and silver.
Want to put some ‘bling’ in your step? Check out the Bling harness, available in sparkling blue, purple, and silver.
Easy Walk Harnesses are available from PetSafe®. Be sure to select your Country and Region as shipping and product options may vary.
I contacted the support team as I wasn’t sure which size to order for ‘H’ as he was right on the borderline of a small and a small/medium. The PetSafe team is very professional and extremely helpful should you require additional assistance.
Easy Walk Harness for cats!
The Cat Harness & Lead is a safer, more comfortable cat harness. Once the harness has been custom fitted to the cat (without any pressure to his throat) it works by the shoulder straps gently tightening as needed to allow more control and a better fit, keeping your cat safe and secure when walking. The harness puts pressure across your cat’s chest instead of the delicate throat. The soft nylon and stretchy lead is recommended, as it flexes with each movement. The lead extends from 100 cm to 162 cm, providing gentle ‘give’ should your cat decide to leap forward when out on walks. This system is available in three sizes and two colours.
Training dogs (and husbands) to use the new system:
The site provides a Sizing Chart and Video Tutorial on how to fit the harness as well as a training tutorial. The sizing chart includes measurements as well as sample breeds for comparison.
It is important to ensure the correct fit of the four adjustment points as the harness alignment is designed specifically to ensure an ‘easy walk.’ It will make a difference if the harness is not properly fitted. Thankfully, the online video, as well as the instructions that were included with the product made fitting the harness straight-forward.
After initial fitting, harnessing the dogs is an easy process as we only need to have the dogs step into the bottom loop before we fasten the quick-snap buckles located between the shoulders. To release the hounds, all we do is unfasten the same buckle. I appreciate the time this saves with three dogs.
I had to chuckle the first time we walked with our new harnesses. The boys took their first few steps and quickly turned and stopped (as per the harness). The ‘What the fur’ look on their faces was quite comical. Initially, each time they heeled, we gave them a treat and praised them for correcting themselves. Soon after, we cut back on the treats and continued with praise (no need to expedite winter bellies). In no time, both boys became used to what is expected of them, and I am absolutely amazed at the difference the harnesses have made. No more lurching, lunging, pulling, and zigzagging. Reese is still pokey, but I no longer feel like I’m dragging her (she seems less resistant).
Recently, while walking my crew on my own, a lady stopped and asked if I was a dog-walker. I guess three dogs would give some people that impression. She had just moved to the area and wanted my card! Obviously, she was impressed by the control I exhibited as well as the contented look on my face.
Thank you PetSafe for making our walks enjoyable once again!