Sunday, December 07, 2008
(This is the stock photo from the product website - it is not my dog)
One of my dogs (Thor) has problems with his neck - sometimes he gets a pinched nerve and can't move his head. We have taken him to the vet, at first they thought he might have Wobbler's disease, but after extensive xrays, they decided that he just has a couple of vertebrae that sometimes pinch, the vet doesn't think that they are degenerating. Unfortunately, Thor pulls when I walk him, and this has started affecting his neck.
So I went online to look for harnesses and found the one pictured here - it loops under his front legs, and when he pulls, it pulls up on his legs. Now, since he is terrible about pulling whenever there is a strange dog around, I had been trying to walk him in an area where there are no dogs. But he still pulls because he is excited and wants to go faster. The last 2 times I walked him he ended up with the pinched nerve. So no walks for about 2 weeks while I waited for the new harness to arrive, and the weather to cooperate (I won't walk the boys in the dark, and it's been stormy a lot so dark in the am...).
I took them on their walk today for the first time in 2 weeks, and they were very excited. Not only did I get the harness, but I got a coupler so that I could hook both dogs together and just use one leash. They did wonderful - Thor didn't pull AT ALL! So we all got some great exercise, and I'm going to order another harness for Zeus because he pulls too (he just doesn't have the neck problems like Thor). All 3 of us are excited to be walking again!