*** UPDATE *** Here we are about 2 1/2 months since this original review, and I feel an update is called for. Basically, I stand by my original review for the circumstances under which it was written. It truly did work and saved me from further developing...
*** UPDATE ***
Here we are about 2 1/2 months since this original review, and I feel an update is called for. Basically, I stand by my original review for the circumstances under which it was written. It truly did work and saved me from further developing bursitis in my shoulders. However, as time went on my GSD grew to the point where the Easy Walk harness no longer could be made to fit her properly. I believe one other review here mentioned that the harness might not be suitable for deep-chested dogs like German shepherds.
One of the problems that has developed is the growth of tumorous tissue behind each front elbow. When I saw these begin to crop up I closely observed how the harness was interacting with her elbow area and it appears that it was rubbing and aggravating that area. I could be wrong. She''s visiting the vet next week, and they will tell me if that was the case.
(OK. Back from the vet. He said those lumps are cysts brought about by an irritation to her elbows. He accepted my theory that the irritation could have been caused by rubbing from the Easy Walk harness. So, take the manufacturer''s recommendation very seriously to make sure you get the proper size harness and that you adjust it correctly for your dog. Plus, apparently this harness just might not be for every dog.)
In any event, I have retired the harness and bought the Gentle Leader nose collar from the same company. I am every bit as happy with it as I was with the Easy Walk, and it doesn''t interfere with her walking at all.
I''m not changing my 5-star rating because I believe for a dog with the right conformation it is still the way to go and highly recommended for the pulling dog.
*** END UPDATE ***
I realize that there are more than 8,500 reviews of this harness, mostly favorable, but I am so happy with this that I just want to add my two cents.
We have a 6-month-old German shepherd puppy. She''s been comfortable on the leash since she was 8 weeks old, so it came as an unpleasant surprise when somewhere along the line she decided she wanted to be a sled dog when she grows up. Her pulling was so bad I was developing bursitis in my shoulders.
Because of our coyote problem we can only let her out to do her business on the leash; which is a separate issue, but an unwelcome painful chore because of her pulling. And going for walks was totally out of the question. We tried different harnesses, collars, and even Cesar Millan''s slip leash. If anything, these all made her determined to pull harder.
Then I ordered this Easy Walk harness, and it is like a miracle happened. No pulling! I mean NO pulling! She is responsive to the slightest pressure from the leash. At no time does she pull, struggle, choke, gag, rear up on her hind legs, or do any of the things she used to do with various other harnesses, collars or leashes. I wouldn''t have believed it if it hadn''t happened to me.
A couple of things:
I should have ordered the Deluxe model. My brother-in-law''s dog just happened to outgrow their Easy Walk Deluxe so he gave it to us to try. There is a marked difference in build quality between the Deluxe and the regular. So, we are using the Deluxe and keeping the regular one we just purchased as a backup.
Also, it took a bit of trial and error to get it sized just right. It is effective without getting it sized right, but it is the most comfortable for the dog if it is properly adjusted for their exact conformation. There are plenty of YouTube videos showing how to do it.
Highly, highly, highly recommend this if you have a pulling dog.