Correct Dog Harness
Your dog has behavior problems such as:
- aggression to other dogs?
- excessive barking?
- pulls on a leash?
Then pay attention to what kind of ammunition you are walking it – the correct harness for dogs can solve or significantly reduce some behavioral problems, sometimes even without special exercises.
Anatomically correct walking harness for dogs
A bit of history
As a result of a study conducted in Sweden, it was possible to identify that the cause of the behavioral disorders of dogs (for example, aggression, excessive barking and fearfulness) are often pain caused by diseases of the back. With such diseases, 63% of 424 subjects were identified. Spinal parts were damaged: lumbar – 73%, thoracic – 67%, cervical – 27%. Of these, 56% of dogs had behavior problems (42% with aggression and stress, and 13% were fearful).
The data are taken from the book of A. Hallgren "Behavior problems – or back pain?", In which you can learn more about the results of the study.
The use of hardening and strangulation can cause serious damage to the cervical vertebrae, neck muscles, irritation and pinching of the throat. Therefore, if you drive a dog on a collar – it should be wide and soft (more about the correct choice of the collar >>).
There is a direct relationship between the tugs behind the leash and diseases of the back. And here the neck and throat suffers. 91% of dogs with injuries of the neck were subjected to strong jerks for the leash, or for a long time they themselves pulled the leash. If your dog is still pulling on a leash – I recommend, first, to go to the harness, and, secondly, to teach the dog to walk on a sagging leash, of course on the PP (positive reinforcement). If you do not know how to do this – contact the Gilda dog education school for help.
I want to briefly go through the most important points in choosing a good harness that I myself was guided by when choosing a harness for my dog. Briefly, because you can find detailed and lengthy articles on the Internet on the choice of braces.
The most important thing to pay attention to here is that the front strap of the harness should not lie on the neck (in Fig. 1, 2, 3 the strap will be on the dog’s neck). Otherwise, the harness will no longer be different from the collar, and therefore will lose its expediency. Those. it is important for us that nothing is pressed on the dog’s neck.
Front anatomically correct strap is Y-shaped (as in Fig. 8). This form protects the neck of the dog from the tension of the leash and does not injure her.
From above, such a harness resembles the letter H (Fig. 7). This form allows you to avoid the constraint of movement, and when pulling the leash does not slip from chest to neck.
The straps of the harness located behind the front limbs (which girdle the body of the dog) must move away from the shoulder for some distance in order not to rub the armpits and not interfere with the movement of the limbs (Fig. 5).
They should not be too narrow so as not to bump into the body of the dog (Fig. 6).
3. Stuff material
Pick a harness light, soft and smooth, durable and wear-resistant, repeating the contour of the dog’s body (Fig. 5-8). For example, a leather harness (Fig. 4) does not fit at all, because it is rough and heavy.