Keys To Choosing A Good Harness For Your Dog
Choosing a suitable harness is not easy. Unfortunately, we have not found any article related to the selection of saddles that analyzes it from so many points of view. Since we receive several daily emails about consultations of outing materials and many doubts arise, we consider that analyzing these keys will give an answer to the vast majority of people and will facilitate your choice of fabric.
What Do I Want The Harness For?
It may seem like a somewhat silly question, but we see many dogs every day with a harness that is not appropriate for the use they give it, and therefore, they force their dog to walk in discomfort.
For example, many dogs, including low-weight dogs or those with movement problems, use a harness model designed to make it easier for police and military dogs to pull forward when chasing or searching for someone.
We are unfortunate to see these dogs and, many times, the elderly who walk them suffering during the walk for having bought this type of harness without having been correctly informed of its indicated use.
Or does your dog look like a war is going to be won when he goes to the park?
There are other harnesses, for example, designed to practice can cross, or mushing or in a somewhat more extreme variant for dogs that compete in dragging weights. They are more elongated, and their anchor point is far behind the back because what is sought is that the dog can pull more than one person, a sled, a bike, or a weight.
Above all, this is very important in dogs with a very narrow and elongated morphology since they are prone to get out of many harnesses if they get scared.
Where Do We Live?
It is essential to think about the importance that the choice of the harness should have depending on where we live, because what if you buy your clothes or shoes depending on it?
Have You Thought About The Temperatures To Which The Animal Is Exposed On Walks?
Dogs are exposed to the sun and the temperature when they walk. If it is deficient, they can have problems when they are carried out at less than 0 degrees but as surely with that temperature you do not have much desire to walk either; the danger lies much more in the high temperatures.
For many dogs from 25 degrees, the risk begins, especially if they are older, brachycephalic, or have obesity, because they will have more difficulties breathing.
Dogs exchange body heat mainly by panting and, to a lesser extent, by sweating, which occurs on the pads and in areas where they are hairless, such as the belly.
Their fur also acts as a refrigerator, when the air passes through it, something vital and so we must not neglect their care and take into account not to shave their hair, or we will cause serious temperature problems.
But every day, we see dogs walking with harnesses that increase their body temperature and prevent them from cooling properly; we refer to all those harnesses that have more fabric than necessary, covering a high percentage of the dog, especially the area where the dog is located.
For you, 10 degrees can be cold; for a dog, it is ideal; between 10 and 25 degrees are acceptable temperatures for them for their walks. Using these harnesses is as if you were going to the beach with a sweater, which would give you heat, itching, and discomfort, and if you could not remove it, your feeling of despair and burden would be very high.