Before We Got This Harness
I am sure we should have trained our 12 year old Cairn Terrier Riley to not pull on his leash when he was a puppy but obviously we failed in that respect. I hated putting a regular collar on him because he would pull so fiercely that I was afraid he was going to hurt himself. I have heard that dogs will actually pull so hard with a traditional collar that they can do some damage.
We also tried traditional harnesses and while he could not hurt himself he would pull even harder. I had read that dogs generally have an instinct that kicks in that when they feel pressure that they pull. The Easy Walk Harness interrupts that instinct because when they pull it turns them to the side.
What it looks like: When you look at the Easy Walk Harness you will at first think it is a normal harness that attaches at the top, but this one is different. The ring that you attach the harness to actually goes in the front. There is a loop here that actually pulls and tightens when the dog pulls.
The harness comes in several colors. Ours is black with a gray color that fits near the bottom. I am not sure if they are all two tone but I find that color cue helps me to know how to put it on Riley. There are two buckles that can be undone with an easy snap. I usually keep one closed and just open and close the top one.
Size and Fit: Size is important with this harness. We got a small for our 23 pound Cairn Terrier. Riley is not fat but on the big size as far as Cairns go. The small just fit him with the adjustments set as large as they would go. He probably would have fit into the next size too but then there would have been all that extra material since I would have had to size it smaller. I felt it would be less bulky going with the small size.
The harness has a snug fit and it should be snug or the dog can wiggle out of it. It may feel tight but it’s comfortable and nothing is putting pressure or pulling on the dog. If you adjust it with too much play when they pull it will move to the side so that goes against the nature of the harness.
How to attach: There is a buckle at the bottom and another one on the top. I keep the bottom buckle fastened and let my dog step into it and then attach the top buckle on his back near his right shoulder. Once you have sized it you should not have to size it again. I find that because mine has a gray strap at the bottom that it’s easy to figure out how to put it on. I will admit though that it took some teaching to get other family members familiar with how to put the harness on. Just make sure that the loop where the leash attaches is in the front above the front legs on the dogs chest.
Using the Harness
Durability: We have had the Easy Walk Harness for over 7 years and it has gotten a lot of use in all kinds of weather. It still looks like new. If they are still making them in the same way I would expect this to last a long time. We paid quite a bit for it. At the time I purchased it, I paid $25, but noticed that it is now around $16. Amazon still has the same listing but the price has decreased. The one pictured looks exactly like the one I have so I do not think they have changed anything.
How it works: When you put the harness on your dog there will be a loop sticking out near their chest. This fits about halfway between their neck and where their front legs start. Snap your leash on and let the Easy Walk Harness Train your dog to stop pulling.
Be careful because a strong puller could fall down if they jerked with full force. What happens when the dog pulls is that it pulls the dog to the side and can almost turn them around so they will end up facing you. The dog will learn to feel the pressure and stop short of turning themselves to the side.
When we started using the harness it was like a miracle. I did not need to keep telling Riley to slow down or heel or anything else. When he would pull it would pull him to the side so he could no longer walk forward and that was the end of Riley pulling on the leash.
Interestingly if I put a standard collar on Riley, he goes right back to pulling. I think that he is used to the feel of the easy walk harness so he knows what to expect.
Final Thoughts and Rating
I give the Easy Walk Harness a full five stars for durability and design. We will never buy any other harness to walk our dog.