It is important to pay attention to fitting a harness correctly before purchase. If the harness you choose has a straight strap that lays across the shoulder blades it can impede your dog’s forward stride.
Picking a harness where the straps are made to go around the shoulder or where the strap is above the shoulder is key. Impeding your dog’s forward stride can cause all kind of issues such as:
1. Stress to the spine and neck
2. Poor weight distribution
3. Shoulder injury
These are the two harnesses that I like for normal activity such as walks, trotting and hiking.
The Original Fleece Lines Harness: http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=3930&ParentCat=783
Hurrta Harness: http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=3374&ParentCat=783
Alpine outfitters Flyball harness: http://www.alpineoutfitters.net/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=178
Other harnesses like sold by FitPAWS, Julius-K9 and others are GREAT for stationary strength work such as when on the peanut.
I personally have several different harnesses for my dogs and use them according to the activity we are involved in.
Does your dog’s harness fit correctly????
Bobbie Lyons, Cer CF
Bobbie Lyons, CCFT, KPA CPT