Collar Question

Bmcswain1

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Hello hope everyone is having a great day. I have had a few people tell me not to put a collar on our new EBP wait until she is bigger and just use a good harness. SO basically not use a collar at all due to issues with their breathing. Can someone let me know the thoughts on this?
 

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BullyBoston

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She's beautiful!! To each their own. Our bulldog started off with a fancy collar but as he got bigger (and before he was a year old) he got stronger and pulled hard on walks. Granted it's in how you train them as well. We ended up putting a training collar on him through his trainer BC he's really strong and just pulls very hard. With the help of his training collar he stopped pulling but he still wears one and is fine. We never got him a harness.

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helsonwheels

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I’ve always had a collar on my dogs but a bit loose so my hand fits through. If you need to grab your dog ASAP well you got grip. Also they get use to them. A neck of an EB is much stronger than what people think. I’m not a fan of harnesses as I find it often irritates a dog under their arms n rubs on the hair off because a harness needs to be snuggled on cause these dogs are little Houdini’s. When I walked my 2 as pups they had a harness n a choke collar. I used a 2clip 8’ lease clipped on the harness n on the collar. The walks are guided towards the harness n the choke chain which HAS TO BE under their jowls line n no their airways are not there. When the dog pulls you ONLY yank very lightly on the choker then release n back to the harness. When the dog realizes they gets yanked when they pull, they sure quickly learn. Once they stopped pulling on walks no need to yank anymore nor use the choker but a regular collar. Now definitely you don’t have to train like so but it sure works well n they learn much faster to not pull.
 

cefe13

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We started out with a collar but then turned to a harness after half a year or so. We have found that padded harnesses work best as they otherwise can rub off the coat.
 

kyredneck

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+ 1 for a collar. Every now and than I’ll use a harness but he is much more comfortable with the collar on. Only time I harness him is in public cause everyone that sees him has to love on him and I have better control / leverage with the harness. I use a wide collar
 

2BullyMama

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Adorable! I use a martingale collar on both my boys. It , for me, provides enough control if they decide to pull cause of the ability to correct without choking. I’m lucky they both walk well and stay next to or just in front of me .
 

sisters3

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I did the same as [MENTION=9875]cefe13[/MENTION]

Even when I took Joey to obedience classes it was with a harness. Beautiful Pup!!!!
 

helsonwheels

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+ 1 for a collar. Every now and than I’ll use a harness but he is much more comfortable with the collar on. Only time I harness him is in public cause everyone that sees him has to love on him and I have better control / leverage with the harness. I use a wide collar

I use a harness on both dogs around water. On walks only Jake but he still is guided with a little yank here n there. Anxiety kicks in.
 

Vikinggirl

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Hi you've already been given great advice above. I use Kong Collars for short walks, or going in the car. I take the collar off when we are at home, for comfort. I use the Julius K9 Harness when we go on long walks. They are the harnesses that the police and the military use. You can order them on the Julius K9 Website.
 

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Vikinggirl

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image.jpegimage.jpegimage.jpegHi you've already been given great advice above. I use Kong Collars for short walks, or going in the car. I take the collar off when we are at home, for comfort. I use the K9 Julius Harness when we go on long walks. They are the harnesses that the police and the military use. You can order them on the K9 Julius Website.
 

ladywebb

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Such a cutie! My Gilbert has a collar (on when go we somewhere..off usually when at home) and we use a harness when we go for a walk or in the car.
 

1Chumly

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Buster has a soft collar, martingale type, because I am paranoid of him getting out and it has his tags on. Also, because we have a pool, it is something to grab onto if he should ever fall in. We have a harness for whenever we go out, walks, vets etc as I don't like to clip anything to his collar.
 

oscarmayer

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We use Martingale collars in most instances. However when we are doing fund raising events with the dogs we use harnesses. We don't have any of the Julius harnesses but I really like the look of them and I were to buy another that's what I would get.
Good responses from everyone here.
 

Mechadogzilla

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I first starting using Harness when I got my Rottweiler-front attaching harnesses really cut back on pulling. There is a company that sells harnesses in 3 pieces, so you can get a good fit. Rotties like Bulldogs don’t fit well in standard harnesses as chest is very large. I need to find where I ordered from though as there is no branding on the one I have.
 

Cbrugs

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None of my guys wear collars while at home. I’ve heard several stories where the collar gets stuck on something and then the dog panics and ends up choking. Louie needs a pinch collar when out and about to give me full control and Ella has a martingale collar.


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