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Harness for little livewire

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by LotsaDots, Apr 13, 2021.


  1. LotsaDots

    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    Hi all quick question. I'm looking for a harness for Billy he's 9 months now (JRT) so I'm thinking most of the growing has been done. He's a tiny chap only 9 inches tall to the shoulder but he's quite long, about 15 inches and is starting to fill out now.
    I'm hoping to do some running with him and he's very active so it needs to be non restrictive. He's just on a lead and collar at the moment and he's pretty good with regards to pulling but we do now want a harness for long walks and for running. Dottie has a Neewa harness which is great but Billy is just too tiny. I've had a good search on amazon but just after some recommendations especially from people with little active dogs if possible. Thank you
     
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    I love Cad's Petsafe 3-in-1, but I wouldn't use it for running/ canicross as there's just not anywhere near enough padding, and the straps being narrow concentrates the pressure (the opposite of what you want). This new Inlandsis openback harness is becoming popular for people with small active terriers:
    https://sportypaws.co.uk/product/inlandsis-open-back-harness/?v=79cba1185463
    Cad has a made-to-measure openback, but if I was looking now I'd get the Inlandsis one. A friend with a JRT who is pretty much exactly the same measurements as Cad (and who also has a slightly bigger one) has them and they're great. Adjustable enough for if dog changes shape slightly when laying down muscle, but not too faffy for small bodies.

    Their smallest iggy sizes were too big for Cad (43cm chest) - there's a slight discrepancy between the sizes quoted on their website and the actual minimum sizes the harnesses can adjust to.
     
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    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    Thanks for the replies I will take a look. It needs to be quite well padded but not too bulky as he is small but short coat and I imagine rubbing/pressure could be an issue with the thinner strapped types.
    He is 9 inches tall, collar size 30cm
    Girth 34cm and he's 15 inches long.
    I've got a few lying around at home but none seem to fit him properly, he pings around like a demented pinball so they often slip or he can get a leg through.
     
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    Magyarmum PetForums VIP

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    My two wear the fleece dog harnesses. There's a good range of colours and if your dog is an odd size they'll make a harness they'll make one to fit.

    https://fleecedogharnesses.co.uk/

    Gwylim wearing his.

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    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    @Magyarmum ooh I like the look of these comfy but not too much material only thing is would he end up accessorising that lovely fleece with twigs, leaves, bits of dead rolled in animal, poo etc!
     
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    Eejay PetForums Member

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    One of the dogs in the Canicross group I run with is a JRT (who did an ultra marathon with his owner last year!)

    I think he wears a nonstop harness. Nonstop make specialist harnesses for Canicross in lots of different sizes- someone like dogfit (www.dogfit.co.uk) should be able to advise you re: sizes etc.
     
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    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    Hi thank you I have sent them a message, I think he's maybe a bit little for a proper canicross one just yet. My other dog has a Neewa Canicross harness, I found the non stop lead fastening was a bit too far back for general use when I tried it for her.
    It doesn't surprise me at all that a JRT did an ultra marathon Billy would definitely be up for that!
     
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    Magyarmum PetForums VIP

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    I've never found that twigs and leaves stuck to the fleece, poo though is different. Chloe my tiny Tibetan Spaniel who had lots of feathering on her backside and legs, wore the same make and she'd come back home looking like a walking bird's nest. Gwylim's much the same when his fur grows long, but none of it seems to stick to the fleece. I just put their harnesses in the washing machine when they're dirty. They dry pretty quickly.
     
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    Kaily PetForums Senior

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    Alfie is a little power house and wears a Ancol Comfort Harness. Daisy has the same, on her it is a little loose around her neck but still secure as the strap behind her front legs is adjustable.

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    I seem to spend half my time recommending the Dog Copenhagen Comfort Walk Air Harness.
    I know a couple of members here were disappointed with it but I have found it the best by far, for both of my (small) dogs. It's a Y-harness which opens and is adjustable around the neck, it's not padded, but the straps are wide to spread the pressure.
    The smallest size, on paper, should be too large for my chihuahua but is on special offer with camddwr canine at the moment so I took a chance and it fits him well, not even at it's smallest adjustments. He has a 35cm girth, 20cm neck, and weighs 2.9kg.
     
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    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    Thanks all I've gone for a RabbitGoo harness off Amazon for now, will see how he gets on with it. I think I'll get him fitted properly for one when I can get somewhere to try them properly. Pets at Home selection was rubbish last time I went in. I have no fewer than 10 yes TEN harnesses kicking around at home and use 2 of them!
     
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    He wasn't impressed at 1st bless him but we went for a 3 mile walk and after a few adjustment stops he forgot it was there and was is usual mad self. So far so good!
     
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    Very smart. :)
     
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