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Dog and Cat Harness vs Dog and Cat Collar

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Safe Proof Your Pet

If there is one issue I have with individuals is the unsafe practice of fastening a leash to a collar, and every time I see this, I cringe.

I have always been a strong advocate of using a harness on a dog or cat, it is better on the animal not to be pulled by the neck.

When I see someone doing this, I wonder how they would like to be pulled by their neck.

I only used leather harnesses on my Sweetie Angel. He liked the feel of the leather, and I can say that because any other material he would not walk. Yes, I spoiled him.


My Sweetie Angel walking with his harness and enjoying the outdoors.

My Sweetie Angel walking with his harness and enjoying the outdoors.

Dog Harnesses are the Best for Your Pets--Show Your Love this Way--I only put leather harnesses on my Sweetie Angel

A harness fits around the body and is a safer mode to use and more comfortable for the animal. It gives one more control and one is able to pull back hard on a pet to save them from a high-risk situation; like another dog getting too close.

And, having this controls over one's pet will be more of a protection against an aggressive dog coming near and saving your animal from a fight, possibly their life.

I always measured him for an exact fit when I purchased a new leather harness for Christmas or his birthday.

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Safety Proof Your Cat

This is also important for your cat---never attach a leash to a cat's collar.

If you do not have a harness, please purchase one for the sake of your pet. Felines are so fragile, and they trust us to care for them so please do this for your cat.

When taking your cat(s) to the veterinarian please use a cat carrier for its safety.

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Things can happen anywhere, as I tried to teach my nephews---think ahead and prepare for all the possibilities.

My cats loved any harness I put on them and I made sure they had their own. I always measured them first because they were different sizes.

Living in the country I ordered online for my fur babies. Every harness had to feel good on their bodies and if you have cats--you know they will tell you if something does not, please them.

My veterinarian praised me for using harnesses on my fur babies. He said it made him mad to see pets being pulled by their collars. And I agreed with him.

Harnesses for Cats are the Best and I Know from Experience and I Have Used Different Brands from Amazon

Unconditional Love

Harnesses are safer going to places like Pet stores where they groom and wash your pet. They can hook the pet by the harness to groom its feet and cut its nails keeping him safe on the table.

Someone's pet was hanged because the groomer left the dog on a table alone. Pets become scared left alone in a strange place. And he tried to jump down to find his owner and hanged himself by his chained collar. I had nightmares after I read about this happening just a few years ago.

Our pets give us unconditional love and we owe them unconditional love back by ensuring their safety and well-being. And please before you leave your pet to be groomed and washed check the proficiency and attitude of the workers; and watch how they handle pets.


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Speak Up For The Ones That Cannot Speak!

I was checking out of a well know pet store over a year ago, and I was standing there waiting for my items to be checked out---and I heard this little puppy just crying so pitifully and I look to see where it was coming from--- and I found it and felt my temper rising.

This groomer was combing out his hair and it was thick and knotted which did not stop her---as she kept jerking on the little dog. Well, I told the cashier to get me the manager and I said to him---I know you can hear that little dog crying and can see that woman jerking that comb through his hair.

If you do not stop her---I will and with that he walked in where she was and stopped her and gave the dog to a young guy that hugged and petted him. The manager then walked to the back of the store with groomer. Probably to talk with her about her treatment of the dog---who knows---because I would have fired her with the greatest of pleasure.

I walked to the door and said, to the young man-- it is easy to use a fur comb to get the knots out in very small pulls, which will not hurt if you do it slowing in small sections and---hold the hair between your fingers away from his body. However, I could tell he knew what he was doing. And, he said: "Yes, Lady I will." and the little dog was happy with him and that made me happy.


Sweetie Angel watching a Bluebird and trying to kiss him through the screen.

Sweetie Angel watching a Bluebird and trying to kiss him through the screen.

Learning Grooming from Books and You Tube

I groom my Sweetie Angel; however, I learned from books and also watched YouTube Videos. I found them very informative, and the groomer was very patient with the animals and a great instructor.

I finally let a groomer take care of Sweetie Angel because I wanted his long, beautiful hair cut for the hot Florida summers. And he loved going to be groomed.

When it comes to children and pets I do not overlook or look the other way, I will be in the middle of it if they are mistreated in any way.

When I witness something like what happened in the pet store--- I cannot help myself ---I have to speak out. My sister Paula always says---it only happens to Bobbi and especially when I am with her. But I do not care---because we have to watch over the ones who cannot take care of themselves, and that includes the elderly.

So please protect your cat and dog by using a harness on them, do not attach a lease to a collar. I hope everyone will think about cat and dog harnesses vs. cat and dog collars for their pets.

The only thing I could not do for my fur babies is cut their nails--I took them to a groomer and they cut them. The first time I tried to cut Sweetie Angels he barked at me---so that was the end of that--I never tried it again.



Emergency Planning for Pets

Have plans for your pet's care and safety before any emergency evacuations happens. Make sure you have a/or carrier(s), Auto Safety harnesses, leaches, food, water and any medications they are taking or might need. Make sure you take their favorite toys and their blanket(s). I use a plastic dish for the water and take paper plates for the food.

Locate the hotels ahead of time---which allows pets to stay in the owner's room with them. I am sure you will probably have to pay extra for your pet, but it is worth it knowing they are safe with you.

When traveling in any vehicle secured your pet in a safe harness that is buckled to the seatbelt. Or in a cage on the back seat that is attached to the seatbelt.

Give a pet extra attention during any relocation because they---as well as children---are not friendly with change. They want their own home, so made it as homey as possible for the good of all who shares the motel room.

I hope this is never necessary for anyone reading this to do. However, you can use the same plans for your pet for vacation or weekends away from home.



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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2012 Barbara Purvis Hunter

Comments

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on August 05, 2016:

Hi,

Thanks for your visit---my heart is with harnesses that fit. And, cats also rabbits love harnesses. My pet rabbit love his and he received a lot of stares on my country road when I took him for walks in my yard.

Have a great weekend,

Bobbi Purvis

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on August 05, 2016:

I felt sad about the dog that was hung at the groomer's, and I am very glad you talked to the manager about the woman groomer. We have used harnesses and collars on our dogs, but they easily get out of the harness. I think in our case the dogs are better off with collars because that's how they started. It is also nice to know that harnesses can be used on cats.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 27, 2014:

Hi Sylvestermouse,

I agree with you a 100%, I would not like to wear a collar and have someone pulling on my neck.

Thanks for reading and for your comment. Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on October 27, 2014:

A dog harness is an absolute must for dog owners. Our pups enjoy hiking with us. They get pretty excited with they hear or see another animal in the woods. They would pull right out of a collar. Of course, could be that I am not willing have have a collar so tight that it chokes them. A harness is best for both of us :)

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 04, 2013:

Hi,

Thanks for your visit and comment. Yes I believe in harnesses for my pets.

Have a great Friday.

Bobbi Purvis

Angelo52 on April 04, 2013:

Walking a pet with a harness seems to be the best way of assuring that no harm comes to them. Good information to know.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on January 01, 2013:

Colin,

A very Happy New Year to you and your feline loves. I wish you the very best that life can offer anyone and to thank you for being a great writer friend of mine on the net of our world. I love an honest true writer who is always a supporter of the women who writes from the heart. HubPages has a lot of women who are your fans. You are one in a million---a man to admire--- and I wish you the greatest year ever in 2013.

A Friend,

Bobbi 1:36 pm from the Florida sunshine country girl.

epigramman on January 01, 2013:

Happy New Year my dear friend and one of the most beautiful ladies I've had the pleasure of meeting at the Hub - I am sending sincere warm wishes for your continued health, happiness and prosperity for you and your family in the new year.

I walk Mister Gabriel who is an all white cat and deaf on a leash (the reason why because he is blissfully unaware of traffic noise and has absolutely no road sense) and he loves it - I should really say he walks me - he loves going down to the beach and I often just let him walk/run along the shore and Little Miss Tiffy because she is a diva now at 18 will never suffer the indignity of a leash - thank you very much - lol

big hugs from your 3 Canadians - Tiffy , Gabriel and Colin

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Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 08, 2012:

Lioness,

To each their own. I would never use a prong on any of my pets.

Thanks for your visit and comment.

Bobbi Purvis

Lioness on September 08, 2012:

I think that for dogs it is best to use a collar - I always use a prong collar for walking. My dog does not have pressure on her neck (usually) because I taught her NOT to pull. Using a harness would be horrible, as I wouldn't be able to control her. She is dog aggressive so without a prong, I can't do anything about it. (Thankfully, she understands what happens when she lunges so I rarely have to use the prong)

Even with small dogs I would not use a harness - you can not properly correct them!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 06, 2012:

Hi Susan,

Thanks for your visit and comment. I am happy for your animals safety that you can control any issues with the collar and lead. I wish you well.

Bobbi

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 06, 2012:

Cyndi10,

Hi, and thanks for your visit and comment. I believe strongly in a harness for pets and for the owner. One has more control of an animal with a harness and can pull them completely out of harms way--body and all---. But when you pull on a collar---they will sometimes pull against you---so you can not help them as well as you can with a harness.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 06, 2012:

Becky Katz.

What a delightful comment--you gave me my first laugh in days--thanks for that. I put a harness on Big Foot a rabbit I had and he was so funny---I had to speak to hime each time to made time hop--.

Thanks so much for your visit and comment.

Bobbi

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on September 06, 2012:

When I've had smaller dogs harnesses worked well. I now have two Newfoundland dogs that each weigh over 130 pounds. When I walk the two of them I need to be in total control. The collar and lead work the best for all of us.

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on September 06, 2012:

Very good article. I never would have thought to write it, but we certainly found that collars were not the way to go when we got our dog. He is a Westie and is super active when we are out. The leash seemed to do more harm than good. It was constantly slipping because of all his fur and it always looked as if he were choking. So the collar quickly went into the trash.

The harness works beautifully and he never seems to be in any discomfort. Great that you are letting others know the benefit of the harness over the collar.

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on September 06, 2012:

I use the collar for my dog but he is excellent on the lead. He stays right next to us and we could just about walk him without one. He will take off after a running cat though so we use the leash. I have used a harness on other dogs that did not lead as well. I have also used one with my cat and it was hysterical the first several times. The cat would just fall over. Crash. He finally got used to it and he would walk then. It was used mostly in the car and when we went camping as we did not want to lose him. I had a rabbit that would hop all over the yard with his harness on. We just had to watch him that he didn't eat it. He tried to chew it all the time.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 06, 2012:

Hi SuzieHQ,

I am so happy for you and your new baby. Where would we be without our pet who give us unconditional love?

Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great weekend.

Bobbi

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on September 06, 2012:

Hi Bobbi,

What a really interesting article. We have just recently adopted an abandoned Labrador who just appeared at my partner's place in the countryside. We ended up purchasing a leash, I ave to say. More out of cost as we didn't know if she would be claimed or not. We hardly use it here as it is so peaceful and quiet and she is so good at walking with us however you have definitely given me something to think about as I would prefer the harness on every level for her.

Thanks so much for sharing this great piece!

Voting up +++++ and sharing!!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 05, 2012:

Hi Lord,

Thank you for the visit and comment. Have a great weekend.

Bobbi

Joseph De Cross from New York on September 05, 2012:

So well needed hub Bobbi! Harnesses do justice to those poor pets that cannot speak for themselves. You are so right! If they could talk, they would tell it like it is. Great topic and well research. Sweetie Angel looks like a model for a catalog! Thanks Barbara! Sharing!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 04, 2012:

Cheer to you remaniki,

And have a wonder September.

Bobbi

Rema T V from Chennai, India on September 04, 2012:

Thank you very much for your kindness Bobbi. You are right in that a smile can change one's looks to a great extent. I wish you a good day too.

Cheers, Rema.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 04, 2012:

I doubt that---people cannot see what others see when they look at them. My mother was young looking and never looked her age.

A happy grandmother who smiles always looks young. Enjoy being happy with babies.

Have a good Wednesday.

Bobbi

Rema T V from Chennai, India on September 04, 2012:

Oh, thanks very much for the compliment Bobbi. I am 52 and do look as old as that. I am very proud to hear your compliment just because I haven't even colored my hair and feel good this way. If you see me in person, I am sure you will change your opinion :) Cheers, Rema.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 04, 2012:

Thank you Will,

Thanks for the visit and your comment---I actually learn from reading Hubbers comments. And your are always good.

I am sure you would know how to handle a dog with a collar and leash. But I would not since I have always had a harness for all my babies. I can control them and train them much better with a harness.

Thanks and you have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on September 04, 2012:

Dogs are pack animals, and they follow the leader of the pack. In a happy dog home, that would literally be you and all other humans y=in the home.

If you are the leader of your pack, the dog must not be allowed to lead when you go for a walk, so they must walk either slightly behind you or at your heel. If you can restrain them with a harness, fine, as long they understand that you are the leader and they must stay behind or beside you.

But with the more aggressive dogs, a collar may be necessary. This is not cruel. In a real pack, those who try to get in front of the leader get nipped!

One thing I hate to see is a dog at the end of a long leash, pulling the human around! That is a very dysfunctional dog/human relationship.

In fact, the best way to establish a healthy relationship with a dog is to take it for a walk and establish that you are the pack leader. In fact, it's essential.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 04, 2012:

Hi,

I am happy to see you and thanks for the comment. The video cat was really cute, and walked like he was born in a harness.

I hope more people start using a harnesses for their cats and dogs.

Thanks again,

Bobbi Purvis

Dianna Mendez on September 04, 2012:

When we had our cat, we used a leash on him. He didn't care for it too much, but it kept him safe and allowed him comfortable walking space. He was not as happy to do this as the cat in the video you posted. Wow, that cat really enjoyed his walk. Enjoyed the read and the video posts.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 04, 2012:

Rema,

You are so lucky a granddaughter and looking so young. Tell us your secret?

Bobbi

Rema T V from Chennai, India on September 04, 2012:

Thanks Bobbi. A little correction my dear. That's my granddaughter.

Cheers, Rema.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 04, 2012:

Hi remaniki,

Thanks for your visit and your sweet and kind comment. And thanks for spreading the word, as I hope everyone who needs to read it will in helping an animal to be safe and protected.

I love your profile picture with your Darling baby.

Have a Great Day,

Bobbi Purvis

Rema T V from Chennai, India on September 04, 2012:

Hi Bobbi,

My comment may be a little odd here because I don't own any pets but I do share your love for animals. I appreciate you speaking up for that little dog for bad treatment by the groomer.

You are spot on when you say that little children, pets and the elderly need to be taken care of in a gentle manner. Hats off for a beautiful hub!

The videos are also very good and I intend passing on info about this hub to a few friends of mine who have pets.

Sharing it on HP. Cheers, Rema.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 03, 2012:

Thank you for the visit and comment. It makes me happy to know there are so many pet lovers who feel like I do about harnesses.

Thanks and have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis

KDuBarry03 on September 03, 2012:

My family and I only use collars for identification. We use harnesses for our dogs when we take them for walks and such. We noticed that just attaching a leash to them bothers them and we immediately got them harnesses. Great hub, Purvis!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 03, 2012:

Sueswan,

Hi, it is great to see you and thanks for the visit and comment.

We all need to look out for animals as they cannot speak for themselves.

And for the elderly who cannot speak out.

Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis

Sueswan on September 03, 2012:

Hi Bobbi,

I don't have my own dog but my sister uses a harness for Beauregard, her Border Collie. He is my four legged buddy.

Thank you for speaking up on behalf of that poor dog who was being treated poorly by the groomer.

Voted up and away

Take care :)

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 03, 2012:

Hi,

I hope you will buy a harness when your baby get bigger.

Thanks for visiting and commenting. When I slow down I will check your hubs.

A new baby is always so sweet and their look of trust is unbelievable.

It would be great if more humans were like animals with their uncondtional love.

Thanks for the visit,

Bobbi Purvis

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on September 03, 2012:

We just bought a collar for our new Chihuahua, and I had to buy it online because she is so tiny!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 03, 2012:

molometer,

I have your walking the cat with a harness video, come and see.

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 03, 2012:

You are so funny---I will see if I can find one, and I will let you know. Have you seen a harnesses on a hamster?

I saw one on Pinterest and it was so cute. You need to visit that site it is great.

Bobbi Purvis

Micheal from United Kingdom on September 03, 2012:

Bobbi, you will have to get some video of the cat walker.

That would be so cool.

My kids had a rabbit too. It wouldn't go walking either. lol

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 03, 2012:

Thank you Dear Lady,

It is always nice to hear from you and thank you for your comment. Have a great week.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 03, 2012:

I always have used a harness on my Baby, the schnauzer. I'd be afraid I would hurt her throat if I used a collar. Good advice here.

I voted this Hub UP, etc.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 03, 2012:

You make me laugh. Yes, one of my friends walks her two cats with their harnesses on. I had a pet rabbit once that I put a cat's harnesses on---he would not hop--so that did not work.

Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis

Micheal from United Kingdom on September 03, 2012:

Interesting hub. How do the cats take to the harness? Cats always seem to walk their own path.

This sounds really useful.

I would like to see someone walking a cat. Is it even possible? lol

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 03, 2012:

Hi jayeWisdom,

Thanks for the visit and comment. And thanks for the tip about etsy.com---I will check it out. My Sweetie Angel is 12 pounds of muscle and that is one reason I got a leather one. And I wanted him to be secure, but your padded cotton harness sound great. Thanks.

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 03, 2012:

Hi Jackie,

It is always great to see you, and thanks for your visit and comment. Enjoy your pets and have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 03, 2012:

Hi,

Sweetie Angel's Harness has a place for his tag and ID tag. Having a collar is fine but not fine in attaching a leash

to it.

Thanks for your visit and comment.

Bobbi Purvis

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on September 03, 2012:

I agree with you 100%. I've been using a harness attached to my dog's leash since she was a puppy. The sizes increased, of course, as she grew to maturity. I currently buy padded cotton harnesses handmade by an excellent seamstress on etsy.com so the harness won't be stiff and uncomfortable to my dog (the way nylon or leather ones are), yet it's strong and safe. When it's time for my dog to go outside, she walks to the door and stands waiting for me to put her harness on. She even lifts her right foot to put it through the loop that I never unfasten!

Excellent hub. Voted Up++

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 03, 2012:

That really is a good idea. Mine run free so I have no need of them but if ever I do need one it will definitely be the harness, and I know it would be much better to enjoy your animal too, walking as a friend.

You have a winner here.

Dana Strang from Ohio on September 03, 2012:

Excellent article. I am a fan of collars for identification, and harnesses for walking and control. I can see walking a dog with a collar when they are well controlled verbally. Those rare ones that you could walk without a leash. But if there is any chance of pulling or need for physical control by the owner, a harness is a must!

Yesterday I saw twon young men waking a pitbull puppy. Leash atached to the collar. The guy was pulling so hard the poor dog's front feet were barely on the ground. They guy didn't even seem to notice. The puppy looked thin too. I was tempted to tell my boyfriend to pull over and take the dog!

Thank you for educating the masses on being kind to our pets. Voted uo etc.

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