My son bought the Holt Harness for me 7 years ago, when he brought me a Belgian Shepherd he had rescued from an abusive home. At the time I was 76 and he was afraid she would be too much for me (she was only a year old and pretty strong). I could not figure out how to put the harness on her, I thought it had to go across the chest, so I just hung it us and used the traditional collar and leash. It didn't take her long to realize I was old and she had to stay close to me. I never thought of the leash again.
This past week, a neighbor came to me and asked if I could keep her dog with me until she and the family returned from Germany where she was from. They were going home to her brother's wedding and would return in 3 weeks. They have a Lab mix, he weighs 93 lbs. and is only 4 years old. Very strong and excitable. The first day on a regular collar & leash he pulled so hard I almost went flying and wrapped the leash around my hand to shorten his distance and stop him. Once he was in control and I got him back into the house I saw I had a broken blood vessel in my hand. I told this to another neighbor and he told me about a leash that goes over the shoulders. I then remembered the leash hanging in my closet. My neighbor came in with me and showed me how to put the leash on the Lab. Then he took the dog out and he walked like a well trained dog. Since then, I use it every day and he even offers me his paw so I can put it through the loop. He loves the leash and of course I do too. When they return from Germany, I am going to give them the leash as a gift. I have seen the young woman being tugged by him before, I'm sure she will love it. I'm 83 now and my dog is 8, I hope we both last as long as each other. But if I ever get another dog, believe me I will get another Holt Harness, I do not need it for my baby because she and I understand each other and she behaves beautifully. Thank You for the Wonderful Harness it is really a miracle worker.