My mom’s dog, Candi, is a 12-year-old beagle. She’s slowed down as the years have come and gone, but there are still moments when she wants to act like a puppy. Specifically, when she goes on walks. Candi is a bundle of energy then, and she is famous for pulling on the leash. So much so that my mom hasn’t been able to take Candi on walks in recent months because of problems with my mom’s ankles and hips. So when Walmart asked if I’d like to try out some stylish new dog collars and a leash designed to help dogs stop pulling, I jumped at the chance to do something for both of them.
First, the collars.
They’re pretty snazzy, aren’t they? The collars come in three different sizes: small for $4.48; medium for $5.88 and large for $6.88.
If you know how much I love fashion, you’ll know that plain, boring dog collars just wouldn’t work. Of the two I received, my mom and I both preferred the red lattice design. The collar itself is generous in size and the material used to make it is very strong. It’s easy to put on and take off, and adjustable for a big variance in size. We had the medium, and it fit her with room to adjust it in the event she gets bigger (which she probably won’t).
My only complaint is that the loop where you attach a leash is made of plastic. As I mentioned, Candi likes to pull, and she’s a pretty strong dog. We’re used to loops that are made of metal. While this one didn’t break, I worry that over time, it will.Â We’ve had her get loose and take off running more than once, and it’s no fun worrying and trying to find her. I’d much prefer that the hook be made of metal to eliminate that worry altogether.
Now, the Sporn Stop-Pulling Mesh Harness.
We really like this product. When Candi would pull on a collar, she’d eventually end up choking herself and getting out of breath. The harness is designed to fit over your dog’s torso, so instead of pulling at the neck, it’s around the body.
It comes with a breathable mesh chest pad that allows the dog to move naturally. The idea is that when the dog pulls, the harness “tickles” her armpit. The sensation should discourage her from pulling. Also, the straps that go under her front legs are covered with a soft sherpa material so that if she does pull, there’s a cushion between her body and the straps.
It was pretty easy to put on, and we went off for our walk. My husband took charge, because as I mentioned, Candi likes to pull.
This time, there was a noticeable difference in how much she struggled against the leash. Honestly. She would start to pull, and within a second or two, stop and walk to match my husband’s pace. It had been a while since he had walked her, so he thought she may have just slowed down with age. To test the theory, he ran with her for a few hundred feet. She took off and had no problem matching his stride, and in fact wanted to keep running. So it was not an energy issue. I honestly believe that the harness discouraged her from pulling.
The fact that these photos are so clear is evidence of how slow she was walking. As a result, our hope is that my mom will finally be able to walk Candi without being dragged.
The harness comes with a lifetime guarantee and is available in four adjustable sizes to fit any breed and size for just $11.88. Not bad for a solution to a long-term problem.
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in theÂ Walmart MomsÂ Program, Iâ€™ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.