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Q: What is the best Type?

September 20, 2011 | By Ches21 | 2 answers | Expired: 926 days ago

Ches21

Skitters has a collapsing treakia and she is overweight from the neighbors throwing food over the fence to her even though I don't let her go out there alone anymore and I keep an eye on her and she runs around and is on a proper diet she is still overweight and unable to loose any weight I will ask the vet next time when she is in for shots about the weight thing but she is a small 30 pound dog with a callopsing treakia so what would the best type of harness be for her? I might still get the velcro one that was on sale cause it would work as a coat for in the winter time and in the fall but I would not hook her leash to it I would just use it as a doggie coat, so what is the best type of harness for Skitters?

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Kelly
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Sep 20, 2011

Anything that doesn't go around and pull against the throat is recommended for dogs with collapsed tracheas. That's why walking dogs on collars are not recommended. Any harness that fits well and is comfortable and secure will be fine since they don't go around the throat. The Gentle Leader, the Yuppie Puppy, the Sporn, the Halti.. are all good harnesses, as are several others. It just depends on what you want and what other issues you're dealing with, such as pulling, etc. If she's very overweight, you might need to go up a size. I wouldn't get the velcro harness just to use as a coat and then use another harness over it. That will probably put too much bulk under her legs and could cause rubbing. Instead just get a doggie hoodie that has a the opening for your leash to attach to your harness. Put the harness on your dog, then put the hoodie on over it and attach the leash through the opening. That way there are no extra straps going under her legs to rub. Here's a picture of my dog, Cassidy, getting ready to go for a winter walk : www.zootoo.com/photo/snugglywarmreadyforawalk?OXwyMTg1MDN8MzU2OTAyfG58bnww
She's wearing her Yuppie Puppy harness under her warm hoodie.

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Jillian
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Sep 20, 2011

Any harness should do, but you should take into consideration how well she walks. If she likes to trot ahead of you or wander around to the sides sniffing, I'd go with a Gentle Leader. B/c harnesses add to the dog's strength, you may find it harder to control her with a harness. Gentle Leaders are designed to redirect the dog to a forward motion w/o allowing them to run ahead of you. They train the dog to heel {which is staying by your side} and keeps them focused on the the exercise. This isn't to say you can't give some slack on the leash and let them wander a little, it just keeps them from tugging you all over the place.

Personally, I recommend harnesses over collars even w/o a collapsed or damaged trachea. Dogs throats are so sensitive that collars can lead to trachea damage.

It's harder to exercise a dog with a damaged trachea, so try shorter, less demanding walks throughout the day. You can also feed her a quality food like Wellness or Blue Buffalo, which will fill her up faster and allow you to give her smaller servings. Another tip is to bake chicken breasts to replace any treats.

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