A dog harness is similar to harness
horses, and varies depending on the type of use: assistance to a
disabled person, for pets whose neck or throat might be sensitive to a
collar, hauling a
pulling a human being as in
Assistance dog harnesses
Assistance dog harnesses are designed with a handle for the person to grip,
so that the human/dog team may communicate as well as provide guidance (the dog)
and control (the human being). An exception to this use is in the case of dogs
who haul people in
although the design is similar to that used for
Sled dog harnesses
harnesses vary depending on whether the
dog is hauling
freight or racing. Harnesses come in three main types: the freight harness, the
H-back harness, and the X-back harness. Dog sports are growing and more types of
harnesses are being developed, including the Y-back style. There will probably
be new variations whenever you read this.
The freight harness, often an H-back harness with a wide chestband and
sometimes extra padding, is designed to help the dog pull heavy weights
efficiently, and may feature a spreader bar behind the wheel dogs and before the
sled or cart. The straps form an 'H' or ladder-like effect across the back of
the dog. These harnesses help distribute the weight of the
cargo over a
broader body area.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (R.C.M.P.) These dogs are wearing H-back
freight harnesses. Photo from 1957.
Racing harnesses are lighter and shorter than freight harnesses. The
X-back harness, so called because the straps form an 'X' across the back of
the dog, is used more frequently than the H-back, with short versions that ride
farther forward on the dog's body recently gaining in popularity.
The Y-back or hybrid harness is similar in appearance to the H-back. The
tugline attaches to the harness on top of the dog's back and stretches parallel
to the ground or upwards to the skier, bicycle, or other load.
In contrast, dogs that participate in weight pulls (as compared to a regular
freight harness) will wear very heavy, padded harnesses, with broad chestbands
to help spread the weight and prevent harm to the dog.
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