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Bald spots and a teensey rant ;)

Discussion in 'Doberman Health Issues and Questions' started by Vinnie's Mom, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. Vinnie's Mom

    Vinnie's Mom Hot Topics Subscriber

    Hi Guys...ok so Vinnie uses a harness that we both love. The problem is that I am noticing a definite balding issue right where the harness is. He is not completely bald yet but was hoping to find a solution before it got to that point. I have tried several different style collars and he escapes from them all except the prong but he was abused with one of those and I will not do that to him, he would be better off bald that using that on him....3 months later and he still has scars on his neck...I really hate those stupid people...ok I am better now, thnx... I also made sure the harness was not too tight or loose and he only wears it when we are outside, about 6 hrs per day all together. The pix are the best I have to show the harness on him. Any advice is always appreciated. Thanks!


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  2. Viemarangelrock

    Viemarangelrock Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    I hear ya! We had the same with Tara. I bought these from EBay...


    They’re kiddies seatbelt straps. We’ve fixed them around the front area of the harness. They just give that extra padding to stop rubbage!!!

    Is it rubbing him under the armpit?
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  3. Vinnie's Mom

    Vinnie's Mom Hot Topics Subscriber

    yes but also neck and back, basically there is a faint harness outline of thin coat forming...
  4. Viemarangelrock

    Viemarangelrock Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    Ah, I see. Tara’s only in hers for about an hour a day, Max. Six hours is along time to be in an harness, lots of contact with his skin. When he wears it is he in your backyard, enclosed space? Could he not be naked?
  5. Viemarangelrock

    Viemarangelrock Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    Have you tried a strong leather buckle collar? Some members have had good experiences with biothane collars.
  6. GennyB

    GennyB Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    My girl is my service dog. She wears a leather harness because she is a mobility dog and we need the strength of leather when she's working. Her harness has lambs wool at the pressure points that stops the rubbing. Because it's there it takes pressure off everywhere the harness touches her. Might help your boy by relieving pressure and helping air flow.
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  7. Ravenbird

    Ravenbird Notable member

    What @GennyB said. If you must stay in a harness, especially so many hours, either get one lined with real sheepskin (not synthetic fleece), or if you love the harness you have, buy a sheepskin pelt (scraps are cheap, you don't need a whole beautiful pelt) - they are easy to cut and use leather/fabric glue and line the harness you have.
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  8. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    Is he pulling while he wears this harness? Agree to go with more natural materials since you guys spend so much time outdoors.
  9. Lizbeli

    Lizbeli $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber

    Have you tried a martingale collar? Also, someone posted about this harness below which looks well padded. I want to get one but haven't gotten to it yet.


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