Choosing A Comfortable And Safe Harness For Your Dog – Tips From An Osteopath

Finding a harness that would be the most comfortable for your dog is not always easy. Smart Dog Lover guides you in choosing the harness for your pet…

On several occasions during osteopathy sessions, clients asked me for advice on the harness adapted to their companion. It is difficult for individuals to find the shape that would be suitable or the most comfortable for their pet. Some professionals also ask themselves the question in order to make the most of their dog’s abilities.

At first, it is necessary to know the utility that one wants to make of this harness. There are harnesses of different shapes, with one or two ties, of various lengths, with a handle… The choices are many and we do not rely on good advice. Smart Dog Lover gave this wonderful guide for you.

What form?

As far as form is concerned, no matter whether it’s a stroll, a sport or a work, the “X” and “Y” shapes will meet your expectations. These forms have the advantage of distributing the weight related to traction on the entire sternum and therefore the chest in contrast to harnesses horizontal strap (or Norwegian harnesses) the most sold in pet shops and that we all know.

The latter have disadvantages such as compression of the trachea by the horizontal strap and a concentrated support on the stern-al manumit. This support solicits only a tiny part of the capacity of damping forces by the whole body and will cause an ency station of energy due to the pressure. In addition, the shoulders are not free of their movement. The isolated use of this harness will have little effect on the body diagram of your dog although he will probably not feel comfortable. However, if it is used repeatedly, it can cause chest compressions, sternal tenderness, loco motor disorders of the anterior, muscle pain or even early osteoarthritis.

Other working dogs that have a deterrent role or dogs that do not pull on a leash could find compatibility (still still a jerky movement of the shoulders).

The handle can be important to you:

  • if your dog is reactive, to exercise good control over your dog,
  • if you are a professional cyno-technic / dog-keeper who practices in safety, research or intervention.
  • Then know that there are other models with a suitable form that have them.

What attachments?

For dogs that tend to pull excessively, you may prefer a ring at the front and a ring at the back. You will be able to easily teach your companion how to behave on a leash.

Which length?

In the case of sport dogs, using a harness with a tie between the iliums (bones of the pelvis) will optimize the performance of your dog. Be careful that the clip is not too far away and does not rest on the last vertebrae as well as on the waist. A long and wide harness could frame and block the iliums and hips.

The harness is important to ensure osmosis with your four-legged companion, do not miss out on comfort, both short and long term! Be attentive to his needs, the harness that will suit your neighbor’s dog will not necessarily match yours. Take the time to study its morphology, its behavior and the activities you want to participate in to find the ideal harness.