Has anyone has any experience with front clip harness and can recommend any? I’m looking for Rumple. He’s started losing fur around his neck, I think it’s from we’re he pulls when he sees something and also he has a mad 5 minutes sometimes when we’re out and he’ll charge up and down on the end of his lead! He walks beautifully the rest of the time but because of that I’d like to try a harness with him. My only issue is that he’s a very strong dog, and reactive, so if I have to yank him away from something, or if he lunges, I feel like I’ll have less control (kidding myself I have any now! ) with a harness. I thought if I had one with a front clip I could put pressure on that if necessary. I’ve looked in some of the pet shops without success.
Kobi pulls like mad and we have a Julius K9 (from Amazon) front-clip harness for him. It has a handle on the back which is very good for grabbing to yank him back and keep him still. We've had it for well over 6 years and it's still going strong. We use it with a choker chain, we don't actually clip a lead to the fixture on the back of the harness. When we feel Kobi pull hard we grab the handle on the harness and it gives us better control over him.
I still use the original cosydogs harness I got for Oscar nearly 7 years ago and bought a second one a few months ago which is hi-viz with a front clip. I don't use the front clip often but it's quite strong. They will custom make one for you too if you find that set sizes just don't suit.
I've had a julius K9 harness but I'm no longer keen on harnesses that have a strap going across the chest as they can cause some irritation and effect movement.
I've also got a Dog Copenhagen walk pro harness. Got it at crufts. Well made, strong D rings (front and back) and a handle for extra security. Unfortunately it doesn't fit Oscar properly so I don't really use it (annoying as it's €50 wasted).
Ruffware have a similar one which I think it a bit more expensive but reviews seem to indicate that it fits better than the copenhagen one (also annoying as I could have gone for the ruffware one but didn't want to spend the extra 5 or 10 pounds on it).
To sum up ( ), 10/10 for cosydogs harnesses design, fit and longevity but I still long for a ruffware style harness that fits my hound properly .
"The man with the lead in his hand and no dog in sight owns a Beagle" ~ The Kennel Club Member since: Thursday, 14 July 2011 13:25
I don't think I could live without the Ruffwear Front Range harness, it's the best harness we've ever had (and we've had a few), I'd absolutely buy another when it wears out.. though I'm tempted to try a Perfect Fit at some point because they're pretty
I've not used the front clip on the Ruffwear very often but when I have it's done the job well, I always use it with a double ended lead attached to both rings on the harness. The only time I ever use the front ring is when we're on our way to the designated 'fetch field' It's the only time Alfie pulls like a lunatic and I just can't stop him, the front ring definitely helps me get back some control so I think it would help in your situation.
It's quite pricey but very durable, Alfie's had his a good few years and it's in perfectly usable condition - just the colour is a bit faded and the edges are a bit frayed from being in the wash so many times.
That’s great, thanks all! If never really used harnesses, so not sure where to start! Sounds like the Ruffware ones are really good. I’ll look into all the ones suggested though, see what might be best for the demon! Thank you!
My dogs are walking adverts for Ruffwear! Pepper has a Front Range harness too (well, she has two - an old style one and a newer one) and both Pepper & Ellie wear Ruffwear Headwater collars. All 3 went out today with Ruffwear cooling coats on.
I've never used the front clip on Pepper's harness, but I have no doubt it'd stand up to whatever we put it through.
I decided to go for Ruffwear for Rumple! I really love it and it works a treat! Tempted to get Millie one even though she doesn't need it just because I like it so much! Its comfortable and the front clip works really well too. Thank you!
PS: I've since gone and bought him a new blue collar to match!