Walking your Dachshund or other Small Dog in a Collar is Dangerous!
Julius says "Get this thing off me!"
We know of many dogs that have suffered from back and neck injuries simply from using collars on walks. It is always in a small dogs best interest to be walked in a harness. Many breeds (including Dachshunds) have sensitive tracheas and/or backs. Eve Adamson, the author of the highly noted “Dachshunds for Dummies” has much to say about the Dachshunds delicate back. “Dachshunds are a chondrodystrophic breed. (So are beagles, pekinese, miniature poodles, cocker spaniels, pomeranians and basset hounds) That means Dachshunds have a skeletal structure that is disproportionate. They are unusually short, unusually long, so their backs take on an unusual strain. In addition, their spinal discs are thinner, more brittle, and more prone to rupture than nonchondrodystrophic breeds.” She also goes on to say “Canine intervertebral disc disease or CIDD (sometimes called intervertebral disc disease, or IVD), is a serious problem in Dachshunds and other chondrodystrophic dogs”.
You can greatly reduce the risk of any injuries (including CIDD) when using a harness. How does it work? When walking a dog in a W.I.T.W harness, pressure is applied evenly, and mostly on the dogs chest area, which is a sturdy and powerful area on a dog. The dog feels her entire center of gravity being moved, instead of her vertebrae being jerked around by a collar.
Many customers say their walks are much more pleasant when wearing a W.I.T.W. harness, and their dogs seem to enjoy them more. See our testimonials for details.
Sherry Fries, an accredited animal chiropractor, adamantly disagrees with using collars. She says "When a dog is jerked by a collar, his head is stationary, and sometimes the body whips around. So now we're talking about maybe 50 to 60-plus pounds on the stalk of the neck being thrown around, and the dogs can't tell us, 'Hey, that really hurts!'" Fries dislikes all collars. "I implore people to use harnesses as opposed to any collar," she says. Injuries caused by collars:
- Intervertebral disc protrusion
- Partial or complete paralysis of the fore and or hind limbs due to spinal cord injuries
- Damage to the vagus nerve thus affecting function of major organs such as the heart, lungs, liver, bladder, spleen, kidneys, etc.
- Crushing of the trachea with partial or complete asphyxiation
- Crushing of and sometimes fracture of the bones in the larynx
- Bruising of the esophagus
- Sharp increases in pressure in the head which can cause brain or eye damage and sometimes prolapse of the eye