Guide to Dog Harnesses

Dog Harness : What is it?

Dog Harnesses

A dog harness, also known as a dog head halter, is a wide, sturdy strap attached to a leash worn by a dog to keep it restrained or tame it. Usually made of nylon, it covers the dog's back and chest. It is commonly used for sled or cart dogs. 

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Types of Dog Harnesses

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Kinds of Dog Harnesses include the following:

X-back dog harness

  • An X-back dog harness features back straps forming the letter X.
  • It is more popularly used than an H-back dog harness.

H-back dog harness

  • An H-back dog harness features back straps forming the letter H or a ladder-like design.
  • It provides excellent protection and security.
  • It helps distribute the entire weight of the cargo over the dog's body.

Freight dog harness

  • A freight dog harness features an H-back, a wide band for the chest, and sometimes extra padding for added comfort and protection.
  • It helps dogs pull heavy loads fast and efficiently.
  • It can come with a spreader bar that is attached to the back of a wheel dog, sled, or cart.

Racing dog harness

  • A racing dog harness is used for dog sled racing or activities in which dogs need to run fast.
  • It is lighter and shorter than a freight dog harness.
  • It provides a fast speed and flexible movement.

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Choosing Dog Harnesses (Buying tips)

Adjustability: Choose an adjustable dog harness that allows you to set it according to the size of your dog for a proper and comfortable fit. A one-size harness usually provides limited protection and security.

For maximum comfort, choose a padded dog harness to prevent your dog's back and chest from becoming sore.

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