I have bought several types of harness in the past three years, all of which have been abandoned, so after asking a question last week about the best harness to buy, my two Sporn harnesses arrived yesterday!Sophie, I use a 'Sporn' no pull harness on Toby. It doesn't have any plastic clips that clasp together. It is also padded round his legs. I throw it in the washing machine fortnightly. I have used the same one for 3 years now.
After tea last night I put them on my Bassets and my OH and I took them out, and the lane we walked along, that usually takes us about 20/25 minutes to walk, took us well over an hour to go half way!!! Neither Basset was happy with the harness and kept stopping every two minutes, head down, elbows on the ground as if to say, 'if you think I'm walking any further wearing this, then you're very much mistaken'!
As I wanted to get back to watch something on the TV, I gave in and took the harnesses off and attached their leads to their collars and we got moving! Before someone asks, we can't let their leads off along this lane as we always see hares, pheasants and the farmer's ducks and hens are often along the lane, so my girls have to be on their long leads or they'd be off across the fields chasing hares etc!
I hope someone can let me know how their Bassets get on with harnesses and how I can get my girls used to them... and another thing, if my Bassets pull backwards, the harness loosens and is not safe if we are anywhere near a road (as they have zero road sense)!