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Looking for an alternative to your dog pulling on the leash? The Harness Lead may be your answer
By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and Cynologist
Harness Lead is an adjustable dog harness with a leash attached designed to be an alternative to training your dog not to pull on a leash.
When working with a dog, using the proper equipment and knowing how to use it is key to your success. Many dog owners purchase a tool, misuse it, and then criticize the tool for harming the dog or not being effective.
Pro Tip: Harness Leads are designed for small to medium size dogs in mind. If you have a large, powerful breed such as a Pitbull, then check out these options by Wileypup.com that will be more suited.
It is important to know how to use the tool and whether the tool is used for training or to stop a behavior.
Why it stops pulling
The Harness Lead is a tool to help stop a dog from pulling on a leash but is not a training tool to teach them to walk politely on a leash. Confused? Think of it this way. The Harness Lead is designed to prevent a dog from pulling. This means when the dog is on another tool such as a leash and buckle collar, it will pull on walks.
The Harness Lead’s design is such that it adjusts to any size or body type just by aligning the movable black stops with the front leg so it will fit any body perfectly…so it is virtually escape-proof. It is made of hand-spliced nylon with a tensile strength of 3,700 lbs. This soft texture with no hard edges or buckles reduces chafing.
Some of our reviewers had “harness anxiety” with putting it on the first time. There is definitely a learning curve. For this reason, it would help to take your dog out in a fenced yard before going out in the road to make sure you have it secured correctly.
Others felt the length of the leash could be longer. A couple wanted a thinner size for dogs under 30 lbs. Overall the leash is a little thick, about ¾” in diameter, with a maximum length of 8 feet when it is totally stretched out—the length changes with the size of the dog’s neck and chest.
We found that the Harness Lead worked well with the dogs in our care. Most responded quickly to the leash, with only a few heavy pullers being resistant.
It is easy to use once you get the hang of how to put it on, and the dogs quickly adapt to wearing it. And it is washable.
Harness Lead has a great return policy: “If for any reason you are not satisfied, return within 2 months of the date of your purchase to Harness Lead, and once they receive it back, Harness Lead will issue a full refund. You need to include the reason for return.”
We feel the Harness Lead has a place in the dog world. It may not be for every dog, but it is a quick and easy way to walk a dog without the agony of them pulling on a leash. We think this would be a great leash for a puppy or dog you don’t plan to train. And we are not receiving compensation for promoting this product.
Acme Canine gives this product 5 paws up for great design and the Harness Lead return policy. We have added it to our Acme Approved products page as well.
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