Collar vs. Harness

Good morning all!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been able to post anything here on my website.  Life has just been so busy!  My 8-5 job is going very well and keeping me very busy – I’m even having to work some overtime to keep up.  I’m not complaining at all, because I would much rather be busy at work than struggle for something to do.  Our business is growing by leaps and bounds, we’re in a very exciting time here at our company and I’m glad to be a part of it.  But that does leave less time for me to be at home and work on my website.  Oh well – I’ll just keep plugging along.  One of the next tasks on my list is to put together a plan on how best to spend my free time – write down some specific tasks that I need to work on, etc.  Hopefully such a “project plan” will help me keep on track.

Today I’d like to discuss the options of a collar for your dogs vs. a harness.  Right now, the only one of our Chihuahuas to wear either one is Ike.  The rescue organization we got him from allowed us to pick out a collar for him when we picked him up.  He’s a red color, and has the most beautiful green eyes, so we chose a green collar.  He is a bigger Chihuahua, and so he does pretty well with a collar.  However, when we take him on road trips with us, we have a black harness that we also put on him to attach the leash to.  I have found that in my experience, is it much better to put a harness on a Chihuahua (or any small dog) because the collar will tend to choke them if they strain against it while on a leash.  The harness is different, it will cover a larger area around the chest, and not put pressure on their tiny little necks and choke them.

While I do think it’s important to choose a harness especially for a small dog, I also think they’re the better choice for all dogs, big or small.  They just seem to provide better control over the dog, without the risk of choking a dog.  I remember some of my friends who have had larger dogs that were not well behaved and they would put those chain collars known as “choke chains” on their dogs.  I think those things are terrible!  Why would you purposely want to choke your dog just to control him?  A more effective way of controlling your dog is to spend the time necessary to properly train your dog to work on a leash.

I truly think that harnesses are the better way to go.  More healthy for the dog, both in not choking him, and more control for you.  It’s on my list to get new harnesses for all of our little ones.  I would love to start taking them on walks with me.  Right now, the only time they go outside for any length of time is when they’re out to go potty.  Either my husband or I are always outside with them.  We do not have a fenced yard, and we live out in the country on six acres.  There isn’t a lot of traffic along our gravel road, but there is the occasional car.  So do not let them roam around by themselves.  Also, there is always the danger of a large bird like a hawk, or even the chance that a coyote would be around and could attack our little ones and take them away.  That would be so irresponsible of us to let that happen, so we always make sure that we’re outside with them and watching over them.

Like I mentioned, I would love to start taking them for walks.  At our annual exam a couple of Saturdays ago, all the dogs were weighed.  Our girl Katy, who suffers from chronic bronchitis and coughs a lot, was a little overweight which our vet thought might be a contributor to her condition.  So we’ve had her on a diet and she’s lost a little weight.  Ike is very active and is a healthy weight.  The two little apple-heads, Roscoe and Kissy, weighed 6.9 lbs. and 7.3 lbs. respectively.  Roscoe doesn’t look like he weighs that much, he looks pretty skinny.  But Kissy is definitely a little chubby.  She could use some exercise.  We did find out at her exam that she has a heart murmur, so we need to keep a close eye on her.

I’m going to check out Amazon (see below) for some harnesses for my kids.  I invite you to do the same for your precious pups!

Rabbitgoo Front Range Dog Harness No-Pull Pet Harness Adjustable Outdoor Pet Vest 3M Reflective Oxford Material Vest for Dogs Easy Control for Small Medium Large Dogs

Love your pets!


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