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How to choose the right harness for my dog?

A good harness is one of the most important pieces of equipment an active dog can have. Well-fitting gear will help prevent injuries and give your dog a better and more comfortable experience when being active together. 

What kind of activities you do is crucial for which harness you should choose. There are different types of harnesses explicitly designed for various activities. If you have a dog that is pulling hard on the lead and joins you running, bicycling or skiing, you need a pulling harness. If you are going to walk with a dog that is not pulling much, an all-round harness is the best choice. 

You should select a harness that does not restrict your dog's movement. All our harnesses have an ergonomic design to ensure your dog's shoulders can move freely. The Y-shape affects respiration minimally. The inner surface of our harnesses is smooth and soft towards the dog and does not chafe. 

Hiking- and everyday dog harnesses 

If you are looking for a versatile harness to use for a dog that does not pull or pulls moderately, the Line Harness is the right choice for you. We developed this harness for tracking and hunting with dogs but it is also suitable for walking, skiing, or bicycling. 

This dog harness has several attachment points for your leash or bungee. In addition to a standard ring at the back, you can attach a tracking line at the loop under your dog's chest. From size four and up, there is a third attachment loop in front of the chest for mild anti-pull control. 

The Line Harness comes in sizes for both small and large dogs. It is adjustable around the chest. 

For puppies or dogs with a muscular body, the Ramble harness or Ultra Harness is perfect, as these dog harnesses are adjustable around both neck and chest. These harnesses also have three attachment points for your lead and a handle on your dog's back for situations where extra control is needed.  

ramble harness

If your dog is pulling, the attachment point for the leash must be at the rear, not in the middle of your dog's back, to prevent strain and injuries. On a pulling-harness, the line connects at a point right above the tail.  

Pulling-harnesses for dogs 

Which design you should choose when looking for the right pulling-harness for your dog depends on the pulling point; whether the load comes from a place higher or lower than your dog's back. If you are running, bicycling or skiing the pulling point is high, as your dog's bungee is attached to a belt. For this, you need a harness designed for a high pulling point. That harness will look different than a dog harness designed for a low pulling point, like mushing or pulka.  

We have developed four pulling-harnesses for dogs to fit any needs. 

The Freemotion Harness was developed for activities with a high pulling point. This popular dog harness is perfect for canicross, bikejoring, skijoring, or kick bike with your dog. Also, for hiking with a dog that is pulling hard on the lead, the Freemotion Harness is a good option. In combination with a bungee and a belt, walking will instantly turn into a better experience for both of you. This pulling harness is available in sizes for both small and big dogs and is adjustable for optimized fit. Winners of both European and World championships in dryland mushing have used this harness. In several countries, the army also uses Freemotion Harness. 

The Combined Harness has the same design as Freemotion Harness, but in addition to that, you can attach a pulka to separate attachment points on each side. The harness has batten reinforcement around the neck to evenly distribute force when pulling heavy loads. This harness was developed for competition use within skijoring and pulka and has won several medals in European and World championships. 

Magazine Combined Harness In Use, With Pulka Cms

For dogs on a gangline, where the pull is straight behind or low, a harness developed for activities with a low pulling point is necessary. We have designed two dog harnesses for mushing. Nansen Nome Harness is a traditional x-back harness made to utilize all power the dog puts into the harness without restricting its movement or respiration. This harness is not adjustable but comes in half-sizes with a wider neck. Mushers winning races like Finnmarksløpet have used this harness. 

Magazine Nansen Stick Harness In Use, Mushing Cms

With four-time Iditarod winner Dallas Seavey we have also developed a stick harness for hard-working dogs pulling a constant load, like mushing, expeditions, or easy weight training. The Nansen Stick Harness puts less load on your dog's back end than a traditional Nome harness. The stick keeps the weight from the pulling on the sides of the dog with even distribution through both sides to the back loop. This harness allows the dog to work in a comfortable position when pulling. 

The importance of correct size 

When you have chosen the dog harness that fits your needs, the next step is finding the right size.  

We have made a separate guide on how to find the right size and adjust your harness.  

The sizing guide on each product's page will also be helpful to find the correct size for your dog. 

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