Pet Care & Wellness

Our Review Of Pet Safe’s Easy Walk Harness

Good morning fam!

So we decided to do a review, not sponsored, of Pet safe’s Easy Walk harness. Bently has always, some how, found a way to escape most harnesses we’ve tried, and using just his collar hurts his trachea, causing discomfort and coughing fits. We thought now would be the perfect time to try the Easy walk harness, simply because we needed something for Sophee as well; she doesn’t pull much, but it allows us to correct her when we need to, and again I prefer not to use just a collar.

We found our Easy walk harnesses online at amazon.ca for around 25 cad; I realized after that Pet Safe has them for about the same price on their website. The ones we ordered from Amazon did come within two days so that was a nice bonus, not sure what Pet Safe’s shipping is like though, I’m sure their fairly decent as well.

Pet Safe Harness Info- from their website.

The Easy Walk Harness gently discourages your dog from pulling on the leash. When your dog pulls, the harness steers your dog to the side and redirects his attention toward you. The harness rests across your dog’s chest instead of his throat, so there’s no choking or gagging. The Easy Walk Harness is perfect for everything from teaching your dog to heel during daily walks to keeping your dog under control at the vet or dog park.

  • Discourages your dog from pulling on the leash
  • Comfortable & easy to fit
  • 4 adjustment points for maximum comfort & reliable fit
  • Martingale loop in chest piece prevents twisting
  • Quick-snap buckles on shoulder and belly straps for easy on and off

My Thoughts:

I’ve seen a lot of these harnesses as of lately and by the look of them, they seemed to be our perfect solution for Bently the escape artist; with the step in harnesses no matter how perfect the size, he always seemed to be able to quickly lower his head and contort his way out with ease. It made me super nervous when I was walking him because:

  • we don’t have sidewalks on the streets around us, he listens to come back but when he sees other people he just has to say hi first.
  • Not all people, and other dogs want to say hi or are friendly. and
  • He could run out in front of a car.

I found that the easy walk had a great style with basically a circle around the ribs, and with it connecting at the front, Bently can’t get his head out. It also allows me to always safely, and comfortably for him, correct his pulling if he sees another dog or person on our adventures.

Sizing

Sizing for harnesses can sometimes be a little tricky, I found Pet Safe made it really easy with their charts and images.

For Bently I ended up going with the small size in green, when it did come in the nylon straps were an excellent width for him with lots of space for adjusting to the perfect size.

For Sophee I picked the small/medium, I was not too sure about that one because I didn’t know if it would be way to big for her now, she’s still a puppy and growing, I wanted to make sure it would fit her for a long time. When it came in I was so happy I went with that size, the nylon thickness was thicker than Bently’s but it worked perfectly for Sophee; the adjustments were awesome, tons of space to make it bigger as she grows.

An added bonus with Sophee’s was it also came with a matching leash, where as Bently’s did not which was a little disappointing for his, I thought that all came with a leash, but we have lots anyways so it wasn’t a huge issue.

Another positive for this style and how they harness is fitted is, its flat, nice and small so it fits under their winter attire, great for all seasons!

Now For The Real Test! Does It Work?

Now not all dogs are the same, our two can be polar opposites most days; what I can say is that I noticed a big difference almost instantly.

When we get ready for out walks I always suit the dogs up first, its just easier that way for me. Now normally their dragging their leashes with them running around while I get ready, this time they were still very excited but when they tried to pull from me they simply calmed down and sat; wicked sign already.

I opened the door and the dogs and I calmly stepped outside, normally by this point they’re so excited it usually is a very chaotic exit, so I was very pleasantly surprised.

One thing I found interesting during our walk was them getting less and less entangled on each other, they both seemed to pick their own position beside me and stick with it; where as normally they’re back and forth switching spots beside me, and by the end of our walk their leashes are a tangled mess- this time that wasn’t the case.

As we made our way around on our walk I found it was a lot more pleasant with the dog’s both content in their spots on my side, both were happy and excited but also very calm, taking in the smells as we went along.

Unfortunately it’s winter here and was fairly chilly today and there was not anyone else walking or about, so I couldn’t really test the harnesses to see how they would work when the dog’s tried to really pull, so that I will have to let you know at a later time. But all and all I’d have to give these harnesses an A+ for ease of use, correcting, and comfort for the dogs.

We hope you guys find this review helpful, and if you give the Pet Safe’s Easy Walk harness a try let us know how it works for you! I’d have to say we couldn’t be happier with the results, and I’m so glad I chose this brand to try.

Talk to you soon fur fam!

Sincerely,

The Daily Paw Blog Team

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DIY- Do It Yourself

Super Easy, DIY No Pull Harness!

Soph here, from time to time I, like any puppy, enjoy giving mum a good pull on the leash. She was getting pretty sore from it though; she thought I was probably hurting my neck as well. So upon doing some research into no pull harness styles, she found the perfect solution which is very effective for me and we could even use my leash we already owned- as it was a nice soft nylon leash.

It’s real easy ! I’ll walk you through it!

All you need are a sturdy clip and a soft nylon leash; the material of the leash is very important because if it were too hard or firm it could cause discomfort or chaffing on your pup, and no one wants that!

Step One

The first step it very easy, simply clip the on the leash before putting it around your pup, just a little easier; mum knows I get excited for walks and jump around when I see the leashes come out.

Step Two

Clip Leash to collar then drape it over your pooch, behind their front legs. This will cause the leash to pull up and become snug when they pull making it uncomfortable for them to pull.

Step Three

Feed the leash through the clip pulling in the slack, as shown in above image.

Step Four

Once that is complete the leash should be comfortably snug around the pup’s torso, then you simply attach the clip to either the collar or to the leash clasp and you’re ready for action.

When your pup is secure on your walks it makes it safer and more enjoyable for you and your canine companion.

Hope you enjoyed our DIY and if you try it at home we’d love to hear about it! But me and Bently are just itching to go on our walk now!

Until next time Fur Family!

Sincerely,

DIY- Do It Yourself · Pet Care & Wellness · The Dogs

Dog Grooming DIY – RIP Hairs

Hey guys,

before I get into the post, I wanted to just take the time to explain that I am not a groomer, I have been through hair school (for humans).

     This post is just to basically explain how I groom Bently at home. I’ve been grooming him myself since he was 12 weeks old- therefore he is very use to it, I am comfortable and confident in doing it. Should you feel that your pet is not patient enough to be groomed by yourself, or you, yourself are not confident in doing it please seek professional advise as It can be risky grooming at home- if the pupper’s skin is nicked it puts them at risk of infection and so on.

    So with that being said I just want to give you a word of warning to please please please be careful if you choose to groom at home, if your dog is not use to hair clippers, get them use to the sound, and having the clippers close by; before you jump right into grooming them.

The Before 

     So as you can see from the image above, sir Bently was in desperate need of some serious pampering. We are right in the beginning of winter here and I always like to let him adjust to the temperature a bit before I cut his hair.. I probably waiting a little too long, but hey it is what it is. 

Tools

  1. Hair Dryer
  2. Clippers
  3. Clipper Guards
  4. Combs
  5. Scissors
  6. Thinning Shears

So the tools I use to groom him regularly are in the image above, I also use thinning shears, A LOT. I find it’s way easier than using actually scissors because it gives you a nice soft cut; but I will get into that more later on.

The clippers I use are amazing and were so cheap on amazon, I actually use them to cut my husband’s hair as well- after a good cleaning of course, haha. Link for them below.

Oster Model 10 Hair Clipper

The Hold

   How to properly and safely hold the face still while trimming around sensitive areas such as the eyes.

    GENTLY, do not be rough; you want to have a firm grip incase they try to move as your cutting, but not so firm that your pulling on their hair. This will saves them from nicks should they try to pull away while you are cutting around their face, lets face it, the scissors are SHARP!

The Triangle

   I always like to start with the face, Bently is not a big fan of getting his face trimmed but loves to be able to see; some kind of silly dog logic if you ask me- haha.

The best rule of thumb, I find, is to keep to a triangular shape at the top of the muzzle and between the eyes; this helps to remove the irritating hair from his eyes and remove some of his tear stains. An example you can see above.

Lipper Hairs

   Next spot I move onto is his lippers, I find he tends to get some pretty long hairs that almost hook into his mouth. As you can see from the image above they start to turn fairly orange, just from it being wet all the time. For this I usually take my scissors and cut down the area, WATCH THEIR LIPS! I like to leave it a little longer, that way it leaves you enough space to get in there and soften the blunt cut with the thinning shears. 

I moustache you a question 

   Now for this area, I am really careful; there have been a few times that I wasn’t so careful and Bently came out looking pretty funny, if I do say so myself- haha. 

   His moustache is really what makes him, in my opinion, it’s his signature look. So for this section, I use my scissors to get the bulk of the hair cut, sticking to a rounded shape; but again leaving just a little room to be able to use my thinning shears after to make the edges nice and soft. 

What little ears you have

all the better to not listen to you my dear..

   The littlest ears I have ever seen, XD. I like to keep his ears fairly short, The hair around them tends to be on the finer side; I’ve tried to grow them out in the past and do fun things with them, but they never ended up looking right. So eventually I decided he had nice little ears and we wanted to show them off. For this section I find the ear leather at the top of the ear and trim close to it, then cut a curved line down, getting rid of the bulk; as you see in the image above in blue.

   For in the front of the ears, seen above in a pink line, I trim that smaller area fairly short; this allows the ears to breath and them to dry better if they do get wet when hes outside. keeps them clean, nice and neat.

How to use clippers on a pooch

   After that is all done I move onto using my clippers and leaving his head until last. It has been so cold outside so I have decided to use a clipper number 6 on his body, with a clipper number 3 around his neck (where the collar sits- I find if its a little shorter in that area then he doesn’t get knotted from his collar rubbing).

   The best way to use clippers, on a dog, is to go with the hair; this keeps the clippers from pulling the hair and is more comfortable for your pup.

Little Feets

     Once his body is all nice and clipped up I move onto his feet. With Bently being a Shih tzu Maltese mix, he gets a lot of hair between the pads of his feet. I use to use my scissors and cut all the hair between each toe, but after time I found out the clippers were way faster, and I like to leave the hair slightly longer just to help keep his feet warm in the snow- if you do this you have to check them regularly and keep them trimmed, helping to keep matted hair away. 

   For his legs, I simply comb the hair and cut to the desired length; which is normally slightly longer than his body, with my scissors. I find using my clippers on his legs does not normally work out and he does NOT like the vibration on his little chicken legs- haha. By his hips and shoulders I use my thinning shears to blend the line from where the clippers stopped.

Bently is starting to look like the handsome stud he is, even giving a wink for the ladies.

   When his legs are complete, I move onto his belly; usually at this point hes laying on his side anyways and is maxin’ and relaxin’.

   For his belly, like I mentioned earlier, I used a clipper number 3; I find having it shorter to be a lot more hygienic- him being a male, if it’s left too long he tends to pee on himself, which is not pleasant for anyone. 

Always be sure that when doing their belly you are mindful of their skin; you want to keep it fairly tight just so there is not any cuts.

   Once that is all finished I move onto trimming his head, and again I use my scissors. Combing out his hair to make more even cuts. I start at the back of his head and angle my fingers from short, where the clippers stopped to the desired length of his head. Using that first cut as a guide I do the same along the whole back of his head. Once at the top I use the longer end of the guide (from the back) and cut the top all the same length. 

Now it’s just time for blending everything together; around the ears you blend with the top of head (your longest point) to the neck (your shortest point). 

After all that is done I hose him down to remove any loose hair that is stuck to him; and it’s bath time!

Some products I really enjoy are 

   Burt’s Bees shampoo and conditioner; I find them to be a very nice mild smell, I don’t recommend anything that has too much perfume as dogs noses are way stronger than ours and perfume tends to cause a lot of skin irritations. Another great thing about burt’s bees pet products is they are 100% safe — veterinarian recommended formulas, free of fragrances, sulfates, colorants, and harsh chemicals. Link Below

Burt’s Bees for Dogs FFP4772ST All-Natural Oatmeal Shampoo with Colloidal Oat Flour and Honey, 16 Ounces, 1 Pack

   Once he is squeaky clean I use my hair dryer (on cool or low temp) and his brush then brush him out while I dry him. 

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