As a follow up to my post on Ella and our search for a workable harness or collar, I will ask for recommendations for 1) a harness that might help prevent pulling but at least will protect a hard pulling Basenji from rubbing groves into her shoulders, and 2) a collar that she cannot back or slip out of.
The first day we had Ella she backed out of a standard nylon collar and almost died on the interstate. Welcome to the first day of Basenji life! We switched to a harness that night. We finally bought the smallest limited slip collar we could find and within a week she had figured out how to get out of it. It is an extra small. She will dig her heels in and drop her shoulders in a split second and be in a position to get out of any collar we have tried. She weighs about 20 pounds (9 months old).
We have also been through 4 harnesses with her and realize harnesses are the preferred Basenji attachment. After she slipped her collar we used a standard nylon harness. She pulled like a wild animal and rubbed herself raw. We have had 2 Sporns (a small and a medium becausee basenji's are between sizes) and as time goes by she pulls more and more in them. They worked at first but not so much anymore. We are working on leash training but she is pretty bad and we need something to help. That is one reason we tried the limited slip collar–the trainer thinks you can get the dog's attention more by training in a collar versus a harness. Also, she pulls so hard that even the fleece lined Sporn is rubbing through her fur.
We need a better harness and better training. As for training, we are clicker training and she gets a treat every time she walks with a loose leash and looks at me. She manages it maybe 10% of the time. She is just a psycho most of the time outside--sniffing and pulling and zigzaging. There is nothing relaxing about a walk with her and that is beginning to take a toll.
Thank you for the link to the web master harness. Does it do anything to prevent pulling? Also, are we wasting our time trying loose leash training on our Basenji? Do they just pull all the time and that is that?