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Gotta keep this short - I'm at work. Shasta begins her intermediate level of obedience training this Saturday. I've always used nylon collars/leashes with questionable results - I've had to go to a Halti for Shiloh because he's so strong & strong-willed & can pull me off balance fairly easily due to my disability. However I would be willing to try something new if need be, especially since Shasta is a full 2 inches shorter & 10-15 pounds lighter than Shiloh. I am interested in hearing from those who use other types of collars/leashes like the pros/cons.
Ok - bak to work. I will try to check bak later this afternoon - definitely be bak this eve. More later..........
 

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I agree. We have had too much trouble with collars. The girls would drag each other by them and Cecil would chew Brandy's off. Also, Cecil developed a lump, which had to be removed, under hers and when it had healed and we put another collar on her then she got another lump. We are now 100% harnesses with both girls. I just worry about identification situations. they are chipped, but a vet would have to scan that.
 

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We do both--they always wear a collar, and we put harnesses on them when we walk them--otherwise, Polly pulls too hard, and gags herself.
 

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Another vote here for harnesses. You have more leverage plus you're not yanking on your dog's neck, which is worrisome in a breed that can be prone to spinal issues. Another bonus, if your dog is light enough, is that you can use it in a pinch to help lift them out of mud or deep snow.

Marti- I know some people have 2 sets of ID, 1 on the collar and one on the metal ring of the harness.

Kim- While harnesses work great in general, you may be asked to use a nylon collar during obedience class. Some instructors feel that you have less control/less ability to make a "correction" (specifically during obedience training) with a harness than you would with a collar.

~Virginia's Mom & Tinker's too
 

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We do nylon with a metal clasp for the Wonder Twins. We use a harness to walk them or they walk us. Stray Jack only wears his collar when we go out because Beagle Lillie either drags him around the yard by his collar or she chews it in 2 (currently the 2 week old collar is hanging together by threads).
 

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For training, particularly in a class, we have always used a nylon or cloth training collar(on the principal of a choke collar, but not made with chain). I never leave it on them after training is over, because of possible accidents. For daily wear, my three wear a buckle, heavy cloth collar. For trips and long "sniffy" ,not training, walks they wear a harness.
 

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My girls wear nylon 'martingale' collars 24/7 w/ tags and we use a harness for walks. For the obedience class, they may want you to use some sort of slip collar. I would talk to your instructor and see what they recommend.
 

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Yep another harness lover here too. I never walk them with anything else...too risky.

They wear a collar as well with all their identification stuff on it.

For training classes though a harness might not suitable but it depends on what type of instructor runs it. Some instructors don't like harnesses or Halti's/Gentle Leaders used in class. I used to use a half check collar for classes but would never walk the dogs in them.
 

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Our two wear collars for identity and harnesses for walking. The collars come off at night and when left alone in the house. They are less likely to slip a harness.
 

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My dogs all have nylon collars. Tanna came to me with a leather collar - and since he'd been in field trials it was FILTHY, if the nylon collars get dirty they can at least be washed. I like the 'Lupine' collars as they're "guaranteed" - even against chewing (I have some real "collar chewers" in the pack). Lupines are a little more expensive than regular nylon collars - but if they get "chewed" I just take them back and get a new one. When I took JoJo to obedience class they just wanted a regular flat collar - tho I do know some trainers that use haltis or gentle leaders. For walking, I prefer harnesses - not that my pack gets out to walk much - with ten it's a little difficult.
 

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Lucky has a nylon collar witha meatl buckle but I do not use that for training or walking. Lucky wears a harness for that purpose. Otherwise, he would kill my hand and himself!
 

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