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    Hello!! I have always kept collars on my dogs at all times with their name tags on them just in case they ever got out. We have always had Olde English Bulldogs and American Bulldogs in the past. We now have a 17 week and 9 week old English Bulldogs. My 17 week old seems to cough when I have her collar on and so I don't keep it on her. I purchased a harness for her and it came in the mail today but I only put it on her for a short time. I want her to get used to wearing it. It seems that a majority of the pictures I have seen of EBs they don't have a collar or harness on. What are your thoughts and/or experiences with collars vs. harness and keeping it on all the time or only when needed?

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    We use harness for walking and a collar (lose ) to hold girls tags on -with all the lose skin on their necks and the shortness of the neck i just wont use collar for walking
    Also i wont let my dogs walk without the leash in fear of their safety etc
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    Tebow has a harness for walks etc but in the house and fenced backyard he does not have anything on. The harness has a clip for the leash at the back area so you are not leading around the neck area. It also has a handle to grab which is invaluable.


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    We do the same as Pati. English Bullys have bigger head and throats then American's and Olde English might be why most people dont keep a collar on all of the time. I dont do it because of the fear of him getting stuck on something and hurting his neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pati Robins View Post
    We use harness for walking and a collar (lose ) to hold girls tags on -with all the lose skin on their necks and the shortness of the neck i just wont use collar for walking
    Also i wont let my dogs walk without the leash in fear of their safety etc
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    Default Re: Collar versus harness

    We do the same, we use a harness for longer walks, we use a collar with their name tags attached, for short walks, car rides, or potty breaks, but take them off when they are in the house. I think it's more comfortable for them.
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    I use a harness for Ruckus (I swear by the Kong harness with a "traffic loop" as they call it -- that handle on his back comes in handy every once in awhile) when we go on walks. I used to use a thick, 2 inch collar, but I felt like he wasn't super comfortable with it, especially when it was hot out. I've been planning on ordering a thin collar for him to wear loosly with his tags in conjunction with the harness, but inside the house or just outside in our courtyard, he doesn't wear anything.

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    Chance started with a collar but you could tell by the choking it was not a good idea, bought him his first harness and it was like night and day. Started puppy class and was told only the collar, by the second class the instructor said his harness would be OK and if she were to ever have another bully in class that she would recommend a harness.
    We use a buddy belt and attached his tags to it. Sure makes him even more handsome and look dad no choking.

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    @g8erjackie....exactly....the Kong harness is the one I use and it is perfect.


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    We use harnesses. The Kong harness with grabby-handle was perfect for my senior girl, since she needed extra help getting up & down stairs.

    But for my rambunctious boy we use a No-Pull Freedom walking harness by Wiggles, Wags and Whiskers. It has a Martingale loop on the back, as well as a connector on the front at the chest. The leash that comes with it allows you to connect in both places, so you can restrict motion & redirect at the same time.

    And let me just tell you, it took me forever to finally find a "gentle leader"-type harness to fit a bulldog. Maybe because he has such a long body -- no matter what adjustments I made I could never get them to fit quite right (until now)...


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    English bulldogs actually have *smaller* throats than most other breeds. Not larger. At least if we are talking about the airway / trachea.

    My vet showed me Baxters in comparison to another dog and it was like a pencil in width, compared to an open, wide tube on another dog.

    This is why they overheat. Its why they get out of breath so easily. Its why they can sometimes turn blue tongued (lack of sufficient oxygen) and its why they choke/cough if anything is squeezing that tiny little tube (a collar).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baxter Tiberius View Post
    English bulldogs actually have *smaller* throats than most other breeds. Not larger. At least if we are talking about the airway / trachea.

    My vet showed me Baxters in comparison to another dog and it was like a pencil in width, compared to an open, wide tube on another dog.

    This is why they overheat. Its why they get out of breath so easily. Its why they can sometimes turn blue tongued (lack of sufficient oxygen) and its why they choke/cough if anything is squeezing that tiny little tube (a collar).
    That is so scary, when you visualize how small their airway really is...now I will be even more paranoid about my boy!!


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