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Perfect Fit Harnesses - not strong enough?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Barkingmad57, Mar 23, 2020.


  1. Barkingmad57

    Barkingmad57 PetForums Member

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    Dylan has just broken his second Perfect Fit harness!!
    The first time a small piece broke off one of the clips,and this time the stitching and fabric went. He was lunging forwards, he's around 25kg but really strong. So I'm back to his Julius K9 unless anyone can recommend a really tough Y-shaped harness which I would prefer.
    At least the Julius K9 has broad straps and just feels stronger somehow.
    He's costing us a fortune, this is his second K9 harness, he chewed the clips on his first one.:(
    Dogs eh? Who'd have them.............:p
     
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    The boxers are in perfect fits I didn’t get on with the K9 Julius as Loki escaped from it. How is he breaking them ? Have you tried a head collar ?
     
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    Barkingmad57 PetForums Member

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    I know that there's a risk with backing out of the Julius harnesses, but both times Dylan broke the Perfect Fit lunging forwards, I don't know how the clip got damaged first time, but I think it was the stitching as well.
    I have got a head collar (just have to find it!) and will give it a go. Your boxers must be as strong as Dylan, maybe I was just unlucky with two dodgy ones!
     
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    They are strong but the perfect fit has managed to contain them. Loki ended up streaking naked across a pub after backing out of the julius :oops:
    I’ve not used a head collar but hopefully someone can help with getting him comfy in it. I would maybe query with perfect fit.
     
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    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    The Ruffwear harness is strong.
    One of my dogs (when young) chewed the clip on her Julius K9 harness. I contacted them and they sent me a new pair of clips for free. I'm handy enough with a sewing machine I could replace the damaged one.
     
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    Jem121 PetForums Senior

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    Have you tried the ezydog chest plate harness?
     
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    Magyarmum PetForums VIP

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    My dogs have always worn the Julius K9. If you buy the Y strip which fits on the chest strap and goes between the legs and is attached to the girth strap it's virtually impossible for them to back out of the harness. They also do a Y strip with a front ring which I used successfully with Grisha to stop him pulling.

    This is Georgina in her harness but without the ring on the Y strip

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    I wonder if you have the correct size, have you spoken to Dog games about this, their customer service is great. My big boy (40kg) has never broken his and he lunges (is reactive and a hunter). I had a lot of problems with Julius e.g. backing out alongside a big concern about potential injury due to the fitting of them. FYI I also use a head collar when necessary.
     
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    Barkingmad57 PetForums Member

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    I think I will try and get a Y strap for the Julius K9, that looks good.
    I'm going to send the harness back to Dog Games and explain what happened, we had it fitted at a supplier, and went back recently to check he was still in the right size now he's older.
    I'm just concerned it may happen to someone else by a busy road perhaps, both times we were in a large park so not too bad if he had run off.
    They are nice comfy harnesses, it's a shame he can't have another!
     
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    Magyarmum PetForums VIP

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    There are two Y straps, one with the ring and one without.

    This is the one I bought for the Schnauzer boys harnesses. Grisha tends to pull if his lead is attached to the ring on the back of his harness but not if it's attached to the ring on the front.

    https://julius-k9.co.uk/harness-accessories

    IDC® Front Control Y Belt
     
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    Barkingmad57 PetForums Member

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    Thanks for the info Magyarmum!
     
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    CheddarS PetForums VIP

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    I have never heard of this before but have heard of a lot of safety issues with Julius... maybe look at another mahe such as Ruffwear.
     
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    We have a Ruffwear front range harness and really love it. Nova is about 20.5 kgs.

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    I really like the Non-stop Line Harness - it's strong enough for my 40kg foxhound when he lunges, and I use it for my 21kg psycho bitch when she bikejor...

    2 side clips, and a well stitch metal attachment point.
     
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    I'll have to check these out - we have spent about £180 on harnesses in just over a year!
     
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