For many dogs, a versatile harness is a great alternative to a collar as they can eliminate pressure from your dogs neck - preventing possible trachea and neck injury. From a training perspective, dog harnesses are useful for teaching your pup not to pull as the pressure from a harness is more evenly distributed around your dog's body. Finally, some crafty dogs are occasionally able to slip their heads out of their collar, but since a harness fits around the whole body, pup is less likely to accidentally escape. Find out more about Pet Care Tips at http://www.muttropolis.com/content.cfm?section=resources.
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From a training perspective, dog harnesses are useful for teaching your pup not to pull as the pressure from a harness is more evenly distributed around your dog's body.

I'm sure Melinda will be along any moment to point out why you are full of ***. My memory of physics class is not what it could be (binge drinking in high school is bad, m'kay?), but I *do* seem to recall that spreading out a force tends to have the exact opposite result from the one you are suggesting.
Anyway, please explain why a harness would be useful for training a dog.
Finally, some crafty dogs are occasionally able to slip their heads out of their collar,

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For many dogs, a versatile harness is a great alternative to a collar as they can eliminate pressure from your ... teaching your pup not to pull as the pressure from a harness is more evenly distributed around your dog's body.

A harness, in and of itself, does ZIPPO to teach a dog not to pull.

Most of the time, it does just the opposite. A harness actually encourages* a dog to pull. The next time the Budweiser Clydesdales are in your area, take a long hard look at them. If harnesses didn't make it easier and more comfortable for horses to *pull with, their handlers wouldn't be using them.
The only thing that reliably teaches a dog not to pull is:

GOOD TRAINING TECHNIQUE!
No matter what collar an owner chooses to use, whether it's a choke collar, a prong collar, an e-collar, a buckled collar, a martingale, various harnesses, etc.
Finally, some crafty dogs are occasionally able to slip their heads out of their collar,

Not if the TRAINING collar is correctly sized (including backups), and then used properly!

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From a training perspective, dog harnesses are useful for teaching your pup not to pull as the pressure from a harness is more evenly distributed around your dog's body.

I'm not anti-harness for pet dogs, but MY G-D YOU COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG IF YOU WERE A CONTESTANT ON 'ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER'. I mean, seriously.
Distributing pressure is exactly why harnesses and not collars are used in dogsledding, carting, weight pull, and so on. You know, activities where you want the dog to pull. Distributing pressure reduces the pressure and discomfort on any one spot and also distributes some of the effort. Furthermore, by moving the center of effort closer to the dog's center of gravity the dog has more purchase and you have less leverage (note that head harnesses are used even further away from the dog's center of gravity, and they're all about leverage).
And if you're still confused, have a look into how that "walking on a bed of nails" thing works. Or hey, I'll bet you could do great business with a big mushing kennel that doesn't understand how the harnesses they're using discourage their dogs from pulling. Or how 'bout this - the fall dog mushing symposia are now being scheduled (got my ticket to Fairbanks - woohoo!). Maybe you could get invited to speak at one or more of them and explain to the attendees that if they really want their dogs to work better they should hook the tugs to the dogs' collars! People are always looking for a better way.
I think it's generally better to buy stuff from people who understand how their products work (or don't work), aside from any question of buying from losers whose business is so shaky that they have to advertise on Usenet.

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but I *do* seem to recall that spreading out a force tends to have the exact opposite result from the one you are suggesting.

Khan wears a harness. One of the questions I'm asked ALL the time by other people at the dog park is whether it would help their dog with pulling issues if they use a harness. Yup, it would sure help the dog pull even harder. I suspect that's not what the owners had in mind.

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I'm not anti-harness for pet dogs, but MY G-D YOU COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG IF YOU WERE A CONTESTANT ON 'ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER'.

And speaking of idiotic things, anyone thinking it's a good idea to have THREE lop-eared bunnies on flexi leads on the paths leading up to the dog park, please raise your hand.
No, I didn't get close enough to notice whether they were wearing harnesses or collars.
Suja
And speaking of idiotic things, anyone thinking it's a good idea to have THREE lop-eared bunnies on flexi leads on the paths leading up to the dog park, please raise your hand.

Flexis? Rabbits on flexis?
I think a lot of people figure that since this or that dog that they know isn't predatory dogs aren't predatory. My mother was just visiting again recently and since she's pretty sure that since my dogs kill small (and not-so-small) rodents they'll attack people we had quite a few
conversations about this. Oddly, we always had terriers.

Someone brought a cat to the northern New England Sleddog Fair last year. That was a pretty awesome thing to do.
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Then it struck me that these people had actually taken their wabbits for a walk.

People do it with ferrets so I guess it shouldn't be that surprising, but you know what? I find it that surprising.
That's pretty interesting. After all these years of critter killing, people friendly Sibes, she still hasn't figured out that there is no connection?

It's pretty surprising, but I'm finding that as people get older (including me) they tend to be somewhere between a little and a lot less analytical about what they see. She knew Crow was the Rat Terminator and she knew that Crow tries to crawl into your lap and is constantly making moonie eyes at her people but I think she worried that if she let her guard down Crow would turn out to be just as lethal to people as she is to rats and rabbits.
Bet the cat didn't think so. Hopefully, it was in a carrier and not on leash.

Incredibly, the woman was carrying the cat in her arms. Because there were races the second day there were a lot of dogs there, too, but as far as I know nothing sucky happened.

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I'm not anti-harness for pet dogs, but MY G-D YOU ... A CONTESTANT ON 'ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER'.

And speaking of idiotic things, anyone thinking it's a good idea to have THREE lop-eared bunnies on flexi leads on the paths leading up to the dog park, please raise your hand.

Four greyhounds just rolled over onto their backs and stuck all their feet in the air. They think this is the best idea they've ever heard, andcould you please provide directions to the dog park in question.

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