Xtra Dog Water-Repelling Walking Harnesses
Many Dogs especially those who live in rural areas enjoy swimming in the sea, rivers or even swimming pools! For their owners it is a problem finding a good dog harness that is comfortable to wear, effective as a dog harness and won't get soaking wet.
Xtra Dog, in conjunction with Adanac Sleds and Equipment in Montana, have come up with the answer. The water-repelling walking harness which incorporates features of our fleece walking harness but is made from closed-cell foam. This material, which is common in the manufacture of sled dog harnesses is ideal for the job because foam does not absorb water, nor will it freeze in snowy conditions. The harness is ultra-light, and offered in stylish royal blue, red or black with black webbing,.The harness is co-designed by Marie Miller, a UK based Tellington TTouch instructor, with the late Jack Beckstom a world renowned sled dog musher and Pack Beckstrom whose company, Adanac Sleds has been making sledding equipment for more than 50 years. Their company invented the X-Back harness - an industry standard in dog sledding harnesses.
Many Dogs especially those who live in rural areas enjoy swimming in the sea, rivers or even swimming pools! For their owners it is a problem finding a good dog harness that is comfortable to wear, effective as a dog harness and won't get soaking wet. Our water-repelling harness also has two connection points like our fleece harness so that it can be used for two-point leading exercises and Tellington TTouch Training.
|Small Medium (SMd)||58-85cm||51cm|
|Medium Deep (MDp)||67-98cm||61cm|
|Medium Large (MLg)||66-93cm||75cm|
How to measure your dog for an Xtra Dog harness
To Correctly size your dog, measure them behind the front legs around the rib cage and neck (Start at POINT OF BREASTBONE and pull tape snugly around base of the neck and back to POINT OF BREASTBONE. Go all the way around neck and back. THIS IS NOT A COLLAR MEASUREMENT, if you are
unsure where to measure please watch the video below. Your harness should fit snugly but not tight. Allow two finger width all of
the way around. The legs are adjustable left and right.
Our harness designer and Tellington TTouch Instructor Marie Miller has put this short video together explaining how a harness can help to stop a dog from pulling when combined with the Tellington TTouch leading techniques.
Why Use A Harness?
Certain dogs are more receptive to being walked with two-points of contact (the lead attached at the of the harness and at the top of the harness) This method, developed by Tellington TTouch in the USA, is ideal for a dog that naturally pulls and eliminates any need for equipment like choke chains or pinch collars. Xtra Dog actively condemns the use of these so-called punitive methods of dog management and training.
"TTouch leading techniques improve proprioception and balance and so can dramatically improve both posture and the behaviour of the dog. Teaching a dog to walk calmly on a leash using a two-points of contact - the handler having two distinct connections with the dog, usually with a double-ended leash - can have a miraculous and often instantaneous effect. There are many ways of using a two-point contact, so this leading technique can be easily tailored to suite the individual dog’s needs.”
from her 2007 book Unlock your Dog’s Potential, published by David and Charles
A well-fitting harness will be broad enough not to cut into the dog and should not tighten in use. It should sit far enough back so as not to dig in to the dog’s ‘armpits’. When fitted correctly, it should allow the harness to support the dog’s body weight, reducing the damage caused by the dog pulling on its collar and lead. There should be a buckle on both sides of the body so there is no need to pick up the dog’s legs when fitting the harness – this can cause discomfort to the dog and give a bad association with the harness. Xtra Dog are pleased to have co-designed these special water-repelling foam harness which complements our double-ended training leads and Air Collar.
This harness is based on sled-dog harness technology and is combined with the thinking behind Tellington TTouch leading techniques. The harness is currently offered in 10 sizes.
These harness are made in the Rocky Mountain of Montana USA exclusively for Xtra Dog.