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Old 11-25-2012, 09:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Chest Circumference for 10 Week Old Miniature Poodle?

Hello everyone! I was wondering if anyone had a 10 week old miniature poodle puppy and could measure the chest circumference for me. Starting at the withers/shoulders and behind the front legs. I will be getting my miniature poodle puppy in another 4 weeks and wanted to get a harness ordered ahead of time. Hoping someone can give me some general ideas so I won't have to guess blindly at the size or end up getting one that is way too small. The reviews of the Puppia Vest Harness (a no pull harness) are very good so if someone has purchased one for their mini poodle puppy and it fit you can also let me know the size and that will help me make a decision. I know I should just wait and order it once the puppy has arrived but what ecstatic new puppy owner has that kind of patience!!! Thanks so much everyone.
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Sadly no puppy here, but just thought I'd mention that a Puppia harness may not be the best choice. I've groomed a lot of dogs that wear them and they all had terrible matting wherever the harness was. So if you are going to go ahead and get one, make sure your pup doesn't wear it all the time AND brush thoroughly after each use.

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That is good information! The harness would be basically for safety and only on when out and about. I've been looking into ways to train dogs and harnesses vs. regular collars vs choke collars. I was planning on NOT using a choke collar this time around for training. I have been researching a lot and read that martingale collars are nice for training and much more gentle than a choke collar and allow for correction but not a harsh correction...I know they should never be used as a primary collar. Any thoughts...maybe I'll start a new post for advice on collars and the best to use for training purposes!
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Definately don't get a puppia vest harness style, I had one and it had way too much give in it and as her little and I do mean little chest width and around her shoulders 'chest' was so so narrow, it really was waste of $$$, I subsequently got a excellent 'black dog' brand harness which was small size and it is still fitting her now at nearly a year old as was fully adjustable webbing was very comfortable and nothing rubs, I can now use on her in the car with the supplied seatbelt attachment.
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Not sure if they sell these in states but I know clean run have similar item.

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These are fantastic!! My older dog has this one
Don't get anything with narrow webbing as puppies pull and jump and the narrow webbing does cut in, also bear in mind puppies grow quickly so you do want something that will adjust.
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[QUOTE=Travis;268305]. I've been looking into ways to train dogs and harnesses vs. regular collars vs choke collars. I have been researching a lot and read that martingale collars are nice for training and much more gentle than a choke collar and allow for correction but not a harsh correction [QUOTE]

Just on subject of collars for training, I have trained my dogs in flat collar and lead with lots and lots of rewards and positive reinforcement, with poodle any type of slip collar will tangle in their wool :( I have a slip paracord type beaded lead with plain collar for showing and it has been problematic in that she has very fine neck and it seems to choke her and she isn't pulling, so I went to paracord martingale style and this became tangled in her wool and also caused choking, so now in the ring we use a snake chain with slip on parachord lead and as it just hangs loose while she is trotting around there is no problem. Due to all the 'on flat collar/lead' training we have done with heeling etc she is a very obedient young pup. the best slip collar if you want one is again supplied by clean run and is called a comfortflex is well padded wide, great colour range, very adjustable, and both my dogs are in the small size, I only use these as I also do agility and is easy to quickly slip on and off pre and post our run.
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I brought Harry home at 11weeks. He is a mini too. I started him on a martingale collar and he took to it straight away. After I swapped him a regular collar he was not happy. Partly as he got used to the idea of his head going through the collar, rather than its snapping on like a regular collar. For me the final straw came when he kept gasping on the regular collar.

Initially he started on Red Dingo in small size. This will be okay for a Young puppy. At about 3-4 months I moved him to Ezy Dog in XS. (It comes in XXS too) It's a comfortable padded harness and has the benefit of head first and only one buckle. Harry can still be bouncy so having one one buckle helps the speed of the action




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http://www.ezydoguk.co.uk/index.php?...age=page&id=10

Ezy Dogs has a UK and US site. The UK site has a better size chart.

If I remember correctly, XS will be too big for a young puppy. However if you get the XXS am not sure how long this one will last or if it will expand enough. At 3-4months, the XS was just about okay


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Agidog, thanks so much for the links and information! Everyone is so helpful and I have read review after review online and probably should have just come here and asked these questions in the first place! Poodles are so different from any other breed and I'm always learning new things. I hope to get the agility bug and am very excited to start working with my puppy when I get her in 4 LONG WEEKS!!!
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[QUOTE=Harrymummy;268317] I started him on a martingale collar and he took to it straight away. After I swapped him a regular collar he was not happy. Sent from my iPhone using Petguide.com Free App[/QUOTE


I consider myself pretty smart but this collar stuff gets so CONFUSING! I am glad to hear of your input. People have told me they LOVE the martingale collars but not to leave your dog unattended. Before learning about them I was planning on using just a flat buckle collar. My previous standard poodle went to doggie class and they recommended the choke collar which I have always used but then most of her training ended up just being with her basic collar because it was the most convenient and she really didn't require correction except verbally. I am not planning on using a choke chain this time around at all...poodles are too sophisticated for that type of correction!!! I really enjoy hearing what worked for different people and that is a lot of excellent advice! Hope to hear more after my puppy finally arrives. Thanks for sharing in the excitement with me!!
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I would choose a flat buckle collar or martingale type slip collar. Harnesses actually encourage pulling due (think sled dogs) and the wrong design can cause discomfort and even injury (a harness should never cross over the shoulder blades, it should always allow full free movement of the shoulders and legs).

I started my mini puppy in a nylon slip collar from day one and gave treats and praise for walking nicely by my side and he just naturally learned to walk that way. He does not pull. I have always gotten comments on how nicely he walks on lead and it's really because I started him off on the right foot.
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