How To Put A Harness On A Dog
Walking a dog is not the easiest task, and the owners cope with it with changeable success. It should be a cyclist or a passing car to attract the pet’s attention, as he begins to pull the leash on himself, pinching his own neck. Especially temperamental and energetic pets sometimes sometimes pull the leash from the hands of the owner and run in their own direction. To cope with overly active dogs, their owners are increasingly beginning to turn to harness, allowing them to grasp the entire body of an animal, and reliably protect its body from injury. About how to put a harness on the dog, we’ll talk further.
How to put a harness on a dog
Briefly about the harness
The harness is a type of ammunition, previously used primarily for work purposes on sled dogs. Animals pulling heavy loads would not suffocate during the trip and receive unplanned injuries that would have been provided by using collars. The way out was found in correct distribution of the load throughout the body (instead of concentrating it around the neck, suffocating the animal).
The harness allows you to control the movement of the pet, without delivering pain.
Nowadays, braces are widespread in domestic conditions – the owners successfully use them for walks. The main advantage of the harness is that it significantly reduces the likelihood of injuries that can cause a dog during sudden movements. The design does not directly affect the neck, being fixed in the chest area, therefore the dog’s respiratory organs are not threatened by sudden jerks.
There are harness for both large breeds, and for decorative
This or that material from which the ammunition is made depends on the function that will be assigned to it, as well as on the breed of the dog and its size. Among the fabrics used for shleek, the most common are the following options:
Synthetics: It is considered the most practical material, thanks to its water resistance. Synthetic harnesses are easy to clean, they can be washed in a washing machine. They are not subject to rapid wear and serve for years. The advantages include the budget price of such accessories;
Synthetic harnesses are easy to use and unpretentious to care.
Tarpaulins are distinguished by their durability, but they are washed worse than synthetic ones.
Leather belts are sought after due to their attractive appearance.
When is a harness needed?
Of course, the use of harness depends solely on the desire of the owner. There are no contraindications to its wearing, this product is sewn for dogs of all dimensions and breeds. However, there are cases in which you can’t do without a harness. Among such circumstances, we can designate the following:
Excessive pet activity. If the next action on the walk of your dog is impossible to predict, and his every gesture is swift and jerky, then the harness is the solution for you. This type of ammunition gently embraces the body of the dog, not allowing it to take the pain for itself at the next impulsive jump;
Dogs with energy reserves make harness easier to move under the control of the owner.
The harnesses securely fasten to the housings of dogs with a large neck, without falling off of it like a collar.
Small breeds, due to the characteristics of the spine, get used to harness better than to the collars
The flattened face of the Pekingese contributes to the rapid collapse of the collar, but is powerless against the strap
From what age is wearing a harness shown
First of all, it is important to learn that the harness is worn on the pet from the moment his physiological development is completed, the bones have acquired the desired size and have strengthened enough, and the muscles have developed. Otherwise, wearing shlyi will lead to deformation of the limbs and joints of the dog, which will require subsequent long-term orthopedic correction.
Before meeting with the puppy’s harness, the puppy should complete its formation.
The optimal age for the first walk with a harness depends on each breed, and even on each pet, since all bodies develop individually. Recommendations for acquaintance with a dog can be summarized as follows:
Small breeds can be walked with shlei, starting from six months, because their bodies are formed faster than those of more voluminous relatives. Keep in mind that miniature dogs are characterized by an overload of the knee joints when walking with a shley. A possible wise decision would be to combine the strap and collar;
Alternating the harness and collar will add variety to the walk.
In addition to age, improper fastening of the strap can affect the displacement of the forelimbs. You can easily recognize the error in fastening the ammunition by the appropriate reaction of the pet. The dog will begin to twist his elbows in order to dislodge the shley from the muscle cavity, on which the product presses on it.
In the event of discomfort from the harness, the dog will try to get rid of it.
At the sight of such actions, it is necessary to urgently reconsider the methods of attachment, otherwise wearing the stitches will be more dangerous than the most ordinary collar. If you are not sure whether your pet is ready for a harness, consult a veterinarian who will assess the general physical condition of the animal.
Types of shlek
In addition to the material used, the difference between the sleeves is also in their cutting, designed for a variety of purposes. We will briefly familiarize you with the current harness using the table.
Table 1. Types of Hooks
Harness with loads
Hook for puppies
We select a harness
On the Internet you can find many tables that allow you to determine the necessary criteria and their values, which will allow you to choose the harness correctly. Usually, dog breeds are attached to the parameters, suitable for these parameters, to facilitate orientation. Despite all the proposed size tables, keep in mind that the point of direct fitting of the product should in no way be excluded.
The usefulness of the strap is determined primarily by the comfort of the pet, not by price or material.
Trying a dog with different shlyi will help you choose the best option, guided not only by the correct size, but also by the reaction of the pet. Some materials may like a pet less, some more. It also happens that a remotely purchased shley can be "rejected" by a pet and will remain out of work. In addition, a dog may be allergic to some materials, which, again, can only be detected by fitting live.
Tips for choosing the harness
- Measure the length of the pet’s back. The back starts from the withers and ends at the base of the tail;
- Measure chest girth. Formally, the chest is measured at the place directly behind the elbows. To the resulting length, one centimeter is added to decorative rocks and two centimeters from large ones;
- Measure the neck circumference. It measures the place where the collar should be located approximately;
Practice plays a major role in getting used to dressing Harness
If you picked up the accessory correctly, then it will not hang on the body of the dog or unduly constrain it. Both of these signs indicate a mistakenly chosen size of harness, which is not recommended for walking. The same mistake can be in the under-straps, which are regulated before going out.
We put on a harness: step by step instructions
Remember that the first attempts are the hardest. It is possible that you will make a couple of mistakes that show up only for a walk. Keep in mind that the pet may not understand this accessory the first time. It is likely that he will try to get rid of him.
The dog before fitting should be as calm and cooperative as possible.
To make the harness fitting most easy, follow these tips:
To begin with, fix the body of the dog, which is likely to break loose for the first time. In order to give the dog a large breed the position you need, clamp its body in the back area between your legs. If the animal is particularly active, it is advisable to use an assistant;
If the dog is small, it is enough to fix it with your hand in the correct position.
The two front legs of the pet must pass into symmetrical holes.
You don’t need to go outside right after putting on the harness – let your pet get used to it in its usual atmosphere
Video: Trying harness
The price of the strap varies depending on its size and the material from which it is made. On average, the cost of shleek for dogs of large and medium breeds ranges from 1500 to 1700 rubles. Webbing jackets are more expensive – their price reaches 3,000 rubles. Special harnesses for sled dogs in the size of XL cost about 2,000 rubles, harness jackets – 4000.
Decorative elements decorate the harness, but can prevent the dog from moving.
If possible, avoid shleeka decorated with various stones. Their spectacular exterior and increased price look do not justify the main quality of the shley – practicality. The protruding elements of the decor can scratch the animal in the process of putting on the accessory. In addition, these fabrics quickly lose their beauty and become polluted or even fall out.
The harness that your pet will feel least of all while walking is best
Leather harnesses are more expensive than similar products made of synthetics and canvas, their price starts from two thousand. There are budget options of imitation leather, but their age is even shorter than natural leather shleek, therefore it is not advisable to dwell on these options.
Ammunitions on decorative dogs cost a bit less: the cost of the jackets-vest ranges from 1,100 rubles to 1,500 rubles, a good riding harness can be purchased for 1,000 rubles.
If you do not want to spend money on this accessory, and have certain skills in needlework, you can try to sew a harness on your own, using the instructions below.