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Old 07-10-2010, 12:57 PM
 
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I got a question my dog never loss fur before never then i switch to a harness and he started to lose fur where the harness is on the belly. It is actually bald and now little rub marks are showing. Should I leave it on all the time or no?
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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I would only leave a harness on when it is being used...walking on a leash. Or when you are actively attending to the dog. It should not be left on when the dog is unattended or at "bed time".
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:01 PM
 
Location: California
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Absolutely not. A harness is used for walking or the like...It is not meant to be a collar.
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:04 PM
 
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Thanks for reply
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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Absolutely not. A harness is used for walking or the like...It is not meant to be a collar.

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Old 07-11-2010, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Ladysmith,Wisconsin
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Halters are for walking or in my case use them when dogs are working tracks. Collar at all other times. They would rub constant and can make open wounds if left on and has to be uncomfortable for dog when laying down and such. Halters are gear not collars.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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Should I leave it on all the time or no?
I left mine on Bigun, until he chewed it off himself while crated one evening. Now, he wears a collar all the time, and he does have a bald spot on his neck under his chin -- from his pulling on the lead.

Try loosening the harness so it doesn't rub his fur. It will probably be fine.
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:36 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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I left mine on Bigun, until he chewed it off himself while crated one evening. Now, he wears a collar all the time, and he does have a bald spot on his neck under his chin -- from his pulling on the lead.

Try loosening the harness so it doesn't rub his fur. It will probably be fine.
i have a a friend who keeps a harness on his dog 24/7 .... it is fairly loose on her and doesn't seem to be an issue for her ..... his reasoning is that their bedroom is on the 2nd floor and he wants to be able to get her out a window if there is a fire or other emergency..... not something i would do myself, but seems to work ok for them......
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:03 AM
 
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I leave a harness on my giant ancient shepherd mix. It's quite loose. I make sure I can always get a couple of fingers in under the harness, at least. I often use it to help lift him up (he lies down on the tile floor and can't get up, weak hindquarters).
He also needs a harness versus a collar due to a major turkey nect skin thing going on. I put a collar on him when I first got him, and an infected area popped on the collar, plus the collar sort of rode on his turkey neck. Now that he's a healthier weight, his turkey neck is less, but still quite apparent.
His tag is on his harness, although I don't think he's going anywhere anytime soon...
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:15 AM
 
Location: California
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If it's rubbing, I'd take it off when you're not using it. You can also try lining it with sheepskin, I've seen collars like that for short-haired breeds like Greyhounds. Kinda like this:



Or try a softer harness. One of my cats has a collar made out of hemp, because the regular kind (not sure what they're made out of...) was giving her bald spots. The hemp is a lot less rigid, so it doesn't rub.
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