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Canicross, joring, dog scooter? Your dog needs a harness!

Pulling harnesses are obviously only to be used for special activities with the dog, but of course it is impossible to imagine pulling dog sports without them.

Harnesses are not only used by the owner because the dog can pull more freely here. Above all, the dog benefits from the much better distribution of force in a well-fitting harness.

Since this is of course an umbrella term for harnesses, all of which serve a very special purpose, you have to look a little bit into detail for individual dogs, depending on the desired sport, in order to find the right harness for your own dog.

Relevant advice from a specialist, for example at a train dog sports seminar, is best suited here. Unfortunately, I can only scratch the surface of the topic here, but I still hope to be able to offer you an introduction to your purchase research.

Pulling harnesses for dogs at a glance

What is a pulling harness for dogs?

You are toying with getting into the dog sport with your dog. Regardless of whether you are thinking of CaniCross, joring, hardcore sled dog sports, weightpulling, which I suspect, or simply scootering or cycling with a dog: You need a harness!

Because with a special harness it is guaranteed that the dog experiences maximum freedom of movement and support even with the greatest tugging forwards. The eThe forces acting are such that the pulling point extends deep over the dog’s chest and spread the front of the shoulders. This is healthier and gentler in the long term as a constricting harness.

Because even with the good leisure harnesses and lead harnesses that are used as everyday harnesses, the shorter shape means that the greatest force acts relatively high on the dog’s chest when pulled. Especially since the maximum freedom of movement is not guaranteed with every type of dog harness and every model and there is still a lot of improvement to be done here.

Conversely, harnesses are by no means suitable as everyday harnesses. Because without a pull, these harnesses rattle a lot or simply fall off the dog. And such a professional harness has absolutely nothing to do with the upbringing of your dog, he can just work much better in such crockery if you want it to.

Pulling harness without a leash

Types of dog harnesses

Let’s take a closer look at the popular models of harnesses for dogs:

  • At the X-back dishes the belt straps run crosswise on the dog’s back. In other words: the straps form an “X” on the “back”. This is the classic harness that everyone knows and that is most often searched for and used by beginners.
  • At the H-back dishesYou already guessed it, the straps on the dog’s back form the letter “H”. Here the well-muscled dog is given more freedom of movement and there are more setting options thanks to adjustable straps.
  • At the Faster harness The straps in the back area are completely dispensed with, a particularly wide pulling point is created here with an ergonomic seat and very good freedom of movement for professional dogs who are already well trained.
  • With some Short harnesses Particular attention was paid to its use as a harness for the hobby area.

There are many online shops for train dog supplies.

I can highly recommend Uwe Radant’s products for hobby and professional use. The Safety short harness is also ideal as an everyday harness for dogs that (should) pull.

Short harness for the dog hobby

Areas of application for a pulling harness for dogs

If you just let the dog pull the bike a little for fun every jubilee or take it with you for jogging, a normal harness will certainly be sufficient for you first (should be good, of course!).

Harness on the bike

But all that with the dog Regularly pull dog sport together as a hobby or going to competitions cannot avoid buying a really good harness sooner rather than later.

Because only in one optimized harness there is a good distribution of force during pulling.

The main thing is not that the dog is better able to accelerate and pull you in such a harness. Rather, it is about making things as pleasant as possible for him as well, avoiding bad postures and thus inevitable prevent orthopedic consequential damage.

I therefore recommend you if you are really interested in dog training to get personal advice. For years, train dog seminars for beginners have been held on a regular basis and those who are lucky may even find personal advice in a specialist shop nearby.

Criteria for purchasing a harness

As a pulling harness one piece Work clothes for performance dogs represents, you can be a little critical here until you have found the right dog harness.

Check the fit of the harness

When your dog tries on his new harness for the first time, first check the fit (before you inaugurate the harness and soak it in such a way that you can no longer exchange it):

In the neck area, even and especially under tension, everything must sit in such a way that the harness can also be bent does not slip.

The Throat opening However, it must be large enough and cut deep enough so that your dog can breathe freely and no belt strap slips up over the sternum and constricts the neck under tension. Also upholstery should not only look good here, but actually enlarge the contact area of ​​the belts on the dog’s front and not disturb.

The one on the side Belts leading over the flanks should (as with any harness, by the way) rest on the rear ribs. The movement of the elbows must not be restricted in the front, so it must no belt too close to the armpits lie.

But the other way around should also be under train Excess webbing does not protrude or bulge anywhere, then too large dishes were bought.

If the harness is too large, the rear strap leads from the leg opening to the hook on the side over the waist. So here the belt can be loaded from the side cut into the unprotected soft tissue (Imagine permanent pressure in the pit of your stomach).

The belt, which leads in the neck of the dog from the neck opening over the back to the attachment point, must be large Avoid shouldersn, so that the dog can swing freely and gallop here.

Am Anleinpunkt With harnesses you will find a more or less long loop instead of a D-ring, which should be at the height of the rod attachment if it fits well under tension.

Check the pulling harness where the pulling point is

As “Pull point“Is the name given to the part of the harness that rests on the dog under tension. This is where the Power transmission between the dog and its pulling object instead of.

Ideally, a straight line runs between the imaginary pulling point of the harness on the dog’s chest and the fixing point on the pulling object imaginary extension of the dog leash in front.

Of course, it must be taken into account that a dog that is leashed on the bike is pulled upwards (the rear part of the harness is not to be avoided), while the leash is of course parallel to the ground or even when the dog is attached to the dog sled runs slightly downwards.

Not all dishes will always fit well in all applications. So when checking the fit, make sure to leash the harness and test it in the way you want to use it later.

Pulling harness in action

The right accessories for the harness

It is not recommended to bandage with the dog without panic hooks.

Because here there is a great risk of accidents if something should get tangled or the dog decides to hunt rabbits at 50 km / h, even though he is firmly fixed to you or your bike. In many pull dog competitions, panic hooks between the holder and the leash are therefore mandatory.

One uses so-called connecting parts between different eyelets (e.g. between leash loops and leash carabiners) Softschäkelthat can be quickly resolved if necessary. SoftShackles are so popular in pulling dog sports because there is a risk of injury with the alternatively usable metal connections, which are beating back and forth and are not suitable for all leash systems.

You can find more about these soft shackles at Mountain Dogs.

Shock absorbers and sprung joring lines are also very, very recommendable.

Your intervertebral discs will thank you if you don’t get every jolt forward unchecked during joring and canicross. And it is also more pleasant for the dog not to feel your different running rhythm and the inevitable jerking of the leash from behind all the time.

Joring lines should be bought to suit the dog’s pulling power. Because of course the tensile strength of a large Alaskan Malamute requires a different line strength than would make sense for a small terrier.

You can also vary the length of the leash as you wish, because of course, train companions such as sledges or bicycles have a longer braking distance than you would need on foot or on a scooter in order not to bump your dog in the heels.

And of course the length of the leash also influences how ideally and precisely the pulling force is transferred to the dog. Because a leash that is too short on a small dog is more likely to result in vertical lifting than ideally given force distribution in the chest area of ​​the harness.

You can find more ideas for accessories for various dog sports on the pages of, simply select the sport in the menu on the left.

How do you put on a harness?

Putting on a harness is actually quite self-explanatory, once you know where the front and back of the harness is.

So that the dog does not pinch or pinch anything here, adjustment options and hard plastic parts are usually dispensed with. Especially in the heavily used area of ​​the pulling point, this would be very annoying to the dog and material fatigue from small plastic parts would be inevitable.

Many harnesses are therefore actually only slipped over and the actual fastening chaos only begins when the leash and the towing vehicle are fixed.

I hope I was able to give you a few approaches for researching yours perfect Deliver pulling harness!

Sled dogs with harness

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Pulling harnesses are special harnesses for certain sports and hobbies with dogs.

It makes sense to deal with the topic in detail before buying a harness that is not exactly cheap and to get advice as individually and personally as possible.

Because not every harness fits every sport and every dog ​​and the differences in quality and fit are impossible for beginners to overlook.

Sources and further links

[1] Camp Canis: harnesses and joring lines 10/2017

[2] List of providers for pull dog accessories and harnesses:

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