The mail person brought a package for me and DixieLee the other day. It was a surprise. Mom bought us new harnesses. I have to admit I am not the best leash walker. I like to go fast and Mom is so slow. It’s not her fault that humans only have two legs so they can only go half as fast as us dogs who have four legs.
Not being a great leash walker hasn’t been a big problem since we do most of our walking at Dog Park or at Dog Mountain where I don’t have to be on leash. It would be nice to be able to walk other places so we have tried a bunch of different collars and harnesses but I didn’t like any of them. I had a nice harness that I sort of liked but I still pulled cuz I wanted to go faster. I know, we are supposed to do training but it just frustrates Mom and me so we gave up
I liked that harness, it was a pretty purple color and it worked okay until DixieLee ate it. With two dogs to walk, we really needed to find something that made us be good leash walkers. Instead of buying a new harness right away, we tried using a gentle leader but I didn’t like it on my face. DixieLee is okay with her gentle leader but it makes her face itchy and she tries to rub it off after it’s been on for a while.
We looked at all kinds of leashes and harnesses but we didn’t like any of them much. Then Mom heard about a new kind of harness that connects the leash to the front on my chest instead from behind on my shoulders. It’s called Walk Your Dog With Love. It works sort of like the gentle leader, turning me around if I start going too fast or going in a different direction than Mom wants me to go in.
My new harness is black which looks absolutely stunning on me and goes nicely with my pink collar. DixieLee’s is blue which looks very nice with her brown coat. Mom’s pretty good with knowing fashion stuff. This harness is very easy to put on too. With my other harness, I had to pick up my foot and then Mom had to clip it this way and that. The Walk Your Dog With Love harness is super easy to put on. It slips over my head and Mom takes the strap under my tummy and clips it on the other side.
Having an easy to get on harness is very helpful when you have a dog like DixieLee who gets so excited that she rolls around and squiggles every which way when you try to get her ready to go out. Mom likes that these harnesses are made in the USA. They even have some stuff called Scotchlite on it which makes it easy to see us in the dark.
We tried them out today and I think they are going to work good. We all went for a big walk in town and I hardly pulled at all. I walked slower and Mom was able to keep up. DixieLee walked better than me but that’s cuz she got to practice yesterday. The only one who failed walking was Dad. He was a real slow poke. He needs lots more practice if he is going to walk with us again.
Going for walks is one of the best funs we have so I’m happy we found a harness that makes walking even more fun. Were you always a good leash walker and if not, how did you get better?
Your good walking friend,
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