Not only are there many different types of bedding, it is also important to distinguish different harnesses. Many dog owners are often not sure which dog harness best suits four-legged friends. What types there are and what specific advantages and disadvantages they have here you can find.
For the assortment of dog harnesses
The harness (also known as "H harness") is one of the most popular models in history. It consists of a spine with two loops attached (one around the neck, one around the chest) and a strap that connects the two loops between the front legs.
The biggest advantage of the harness is that it is highly adjustable in size. Therefore, it can also accompany long-term growing dogs: the resulting good seat is, of course, another advantage, through which the harness can be used for sports activities: jogging, biking or crawling is easily possible with harness.
Even the classics have weak points: to make it feel good, the harness must be ideally configured. This works mainly well due to the many adjustment options, but if the back bar is too short, that doesn't help. Make sure the straps are wide enough. Otherwise, it can be painful to press the larynx or sternum during exercise and cause injury.
The harness in Y
This type of dog harness is a modification of the harness, except that the area of the chest here has a Y-shape (usually padded) and is not connected by a ring or similar construction. By this construction, it is generally more or less directly in the shoulder blades and is also close to the dog's armpit.
The fact that the Y-harness is designed a little "narrower" than the harness is almost impossible. However, it can be easily put on without the dog having to lift the legs: simply put on the head strap, make the lower part between the front legs and then close the locks on the chest, but this is only possible if there are closures on both sides.
The fact that the harness is designed "narrow" and the leashes are tight (a good fit is also extremely important here), dogs may feel restricted in the movement of the anterior limb. Furthermore, even if it is theoretically well established, it can be very abrasive even with the wrong material: the result is bald skin or, in the worst case, even eczema.
Even Norwegian dishes are now among the most popular types. In principle, it is constructed quite simply: it consists of a horizontal chest strap, which is fastened on both sides with the trunk strap, which once leads around the chest behind the front legs. Above all there is still a tie on the back of the dog, where you can hold four-legged friends.
The biggest advantage of this harness design is that all the pressure is directed to the dog's chest; Sensitive areas such as the larynx are not loaded at all. It is also positive that it can be put on and removed so easily and quickly: it is put on the head and closes the chest strap, that's all. As it has no leash between the front legs, it is also suitable for sensitive dogs that feel quickly contracted. Finally, it is very suitable as an alternative to normal harness if the dog cannot transport it due to health problems, such as recent surgical scars.
Due to the "simple" shape, there are often very few adjustment options, so it is not suitable for all forms of dog figures: for example, comfort of use is affected when the chest strap is directly on shoulder blades or waist belt too far forward. In addition, it glides quickly due to low body contact, if not perfect. It is also less suitable for anxious or restless dogs, as they could relatively easily get out of the harness.
The harness "Step In"
This dog harness is less common because it is suitable for daily use only in some types of dogs. It basically consists of two loops that rise on the front legs of the dog like a "pair of pants" and connect on the shoulders.
The biggest advantage here is that you don't have to throw your head: perfect for dogs with a shy head. In addition, it does not exert pressure on sensitive areas in the chest and neck area, which is particularly important for impetuous puppies and young dogs that are still growing.
In general, it is more suitable for small and light dogs: large and heavy animals or breeds with a deep chest could escape from the harness quickly. In addition, it can quickly restrict freedom of movement, even if it is theoretically good. This often leads to friction behind the armpits. In addition, dressing and undressing is always an effort, especially if dogs are not accustomed to it or are generally restless types.
These harnesses probably know most of Julius K9, who has unveiled this type of dog harness. They are similar in structure to the Norwegian harness, except that they have a wider back plate on the shoulders. Therefore, they have similar advantages and disadvantages.
Like the Norwegian, the advantages here are pressure relief, a small movement restriction and easy placement. In addition, they are often very robust, as they were also designed for hiking, raising the dog or performing sports activities.
Due to the greater mass of this type of harness, they are often too bulky in small dogs and, depending on the weather, heat or humidity can accumulate uncomfortably under the saddle.
Dog harness for special needs
Last but not least, the types of dishes, which one finds quite rare, for example, the safety harness. This is especially useful for dogs that are forced out of other harnesses due to fear, genius, aggression or simple cunning. Here, a third strap is additionally attached to the extended back piece, which closes behind the chest. As the waist is narrower than the chest, the dog cannot slip here.
On the other hand, the harness is designed for dogs that carry loads of all shapes and sizes, and above all, strong breeds such as Bernese Mountain Dogs, St. Bernards or sleds are predestined for this purpose. So, if your dogs pull sleds, small cars or other loads, they need such a harness.
Finally, you can still find a dog harness, which is specially adapted to the needs of individual breeds. Therefore, Pug harnesses have a particularly short back piece, Chow Chow harnesses are designed specifically for this dog's wide chest and greyhound harnesses are adapted to the narrow waist of these dogs.