I do a lot of dog walking – 15+ miles a week. I find it to be a great way to get some exercise while bonding with my dog. In addition, it gives me a chance to get inspiration from my neighbor’s garden (okay I sometimes steal their ideas).
As I mentioned before, Daisy is a handful. She is 70 pounds of pure muscle and can be very dog reactive. I found it very difficult to control her with a typical dog collar. We were using a martingale collar but it was still not enough. In addition, I found that when the martingale engaged on her throat it would increase the intensity of her fear aggression. I’m not a dog expert, but I have to guess that it only increased her frustration and I could not control her.
My dog walker suggested a front clip harness. I was skeptical at first because we had tried everything. I have all kinds of dog leads in storage that just did not work. However, once I did try the front clip harness it literally changed our lives and made walking Daisy an enjoyable task again. The front clip harness that I use also has a martingale action but it engages around her chest versus her throat. Not only does it restrict her forward movement, I can now flip a 70 pound dog completely around (aka away from another oncoming dog) with one hand.
Daisy has a very short / thin coat and the harness was causing her some pretty significant chafing. I took a pair of men’s long dress socks and cut them to size for each particular part of the harness. Then I simply stitched the sock around the nylon portion of the harness leaving the clips exposed for easy use. It may not be the most attractive sewing job I’ve ever done, but it worked and immediately made the harness comfortable for Daisy.