January 6, 2010I’m Sold: The Freedom No-Pull Harness

I got a friendly email from Alisha over at Wiggles Wags & Whiskers recently asking if we’d like to give their patented no-pull harness a try. Sure, I said.

Now, here’s the thing: I have two husky mixes, which means I basically have, like, a sixth of an Iditarod team. Basically — and, trainers, you might want to skip this next line — pulling, to some degree, is basically a fact of life for us. By themselves, Mingus and Dottie generally walk fine. But when we walk them together, it’s like they’ve both got their sights set on Nome and we’re 35 miles behind Lance Mackey.

So it was with a modicum of skepticism that I first outfitted Mingus and Dottie with the Freedom No-Pull Harness (which was easy to do, by the way — just slip it over the head, then snap the clasps on the sides).

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We’ve taken the harnesses for a few spins around the neighborhood, and guess what? The harness really works. It’s designed (and patented, at that) as a training tool, rather than a miracle drug, and between the mechanism of the harness, a few gentle corrections, and some well-deserved praise, Ming’s pulling has totally eased up. My husband has been test-driving Dottie’s Freedom harness — Dottie, who literally pulls sideways – and here she is almost at — what?? — a heel.

I’m sold. It’s easily the best no-pull harness I’ve ever tried. (And believe me, I’ve tried a few.)

Part of what makes the harness work so well is its Martingale-type “action loop” at the shoulders and, if needed, a front loop for attaching a special (optional) training leash for additional control (expertly modeled by Dottie, below). You can read all about how it works (and it really works!) here.

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Other things we like about the Freedom No-Pull Harness:

1. It comes in lots of pretty colors, and has soft velvet lining on the chest straps.

2. Putting it on and taking it off is a cinch — not, as with many training harnesses, akin to a game of Twister with your dog.

3. It’s well-constructed from durable materials, and even comes with a Chewing Warranty.

4. Dottie’s something of an escape artist, and so far this harness has held her fast.

5. It’s made right here in North Carolina, the 12th state to ratify the Constitution. (The Constitution has nothing to do with the harness. I just thought you’d like that bit of trivia, just like I like supporting local independent businesses.)

Find out where to buy the Freedom No-Pull Harness (only $29!) here.

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9 comments

  1. Elena’s avatar

    This is great. I have an old co-worker that has a husky that would do the same thing. I’ll have to tell her about this.

  2. lili’s avatar

    My boston terrier pulls sideways too! He knows not to pull forward so he pulls in every other direction. Will have to look into this!

  3. Christina’s avatar

    Hello there! I have been snooping around your blog for a couple weeks, and guess what? I love it! Phetched is one of my favorite dog blogs. I even linked ya on my dog blog. This was a wonderful review of the Freedom No-Pull Harness. I just wanted to say I enjoy reading your blog, and thank you for sniffing out these cool doodads!

  4. Shauna (Fido & Wino)’s avatar

    “akin to a game of Twister with your dog”- made me laugh :)

    Thx for the suggestion- been thinking about how to improve Kayloo’s walking skills. We’ll look into it!

  5. phetched’s avatar

    Thanks for sniffin’ around, Christina! :D

    If any of you folks give the harness a try, let us know how it goes. So far my husband and I are super impressed.

  6. Kristy’s avatar

    MY FRIENDSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! I miss them.

  7. Michelle’s avatar

    hi there
    I have been using the No Pull Harness on my 1 year old Airedale for about a month now and love, love it. However, recently she has been resistant to get into it – has anyone else had this problem? I’ve checked for any rubbing or hotspots, but she seems fine.

  8. phetched’s avatar

    Michelle – by “resistant,” do you mean your dog doesn’t want to put it on at all, or is starting to pull against it some? I’ve noticed with the No Pull Harness, just like any training harness I’ve used, that after a period of use my dogs, especially Mingus, gets kind of used to the harness and “figures it out” a little, so then he will start to pull against it a little, where it was working before to control pulling. When that happened, aside from just upping my rewards/corrections, I also sometimes go a day or so without the harness, or with a different harness, just so he’s not getting in a rut and developing bad habits. Switching up our walk course seems to help sometimes too.

    Recently, with Ming and Dot, we’ve also started hooking the leash to the ring in the front of the harness, at the chest area, rather than in the back. This actually helps reduce pulling even more than hooking the leash in the back in the standard way. For Dottie, it means for some reason she tries to walk around our legs more, but just pausing briefly and standing still usually is enough to get her to unwrap the leash and walk on the correct side.

    If your Airedale doesn’t want to wear the harness at all, that’s trickier, I guess. My thought would be to offer lots of treats and praise while putting the harness on to help encourage acceptance of it.

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