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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-28-2016, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Another harness thread..

I know we have had lots of harness threads, but I still haven't found the right one and am about to return the latest one, the walkinsync which several people have recommended and is a very nice harness if it works for you. I contacted them to make sure I had the right size before I ordered, but it just isn't the right one for me although I think fit except for head seems ok.

My problem with it is Cassie isn't a puller so I don't need a front attached harness and she is fixated with chewing on the front hook which hangs in front and although they advertise that once they learn to walk without pulling you can use it as a rear attached...the problem is there is no rear hook and you have to use the ring that holds the straps together which means the leash attachment is cutting into her back directly. It really is well made, clicks together well, although the part you have to stick her head thru is tight. Also, I feel like the webs are thicker than a small dog needs and might rub. Quite expensive so it is being returned to amazon.

The gooby mesh comfort x is ok, and I use it, but the mesh seems like it covers a lot of fur, and I was hoping to find a lighter, thinner one for summer.

I have a stepin and roman harness (over the head, difficult to put on); step in looks like it restricts her legs too much. I think one is a curlie which has good reviews but just doesn't work the way I want. (I also have a solvit car harness, but too heavy for regular walking.)

That is five harnesses I have tried, with the gooby being ok, but a lot of mesh on a little body in summer.

Have I missed any?
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We are using a Coastal Pets New Earth Soy Adjustable Harness. It comes in three widths. I am using the 3/8" but Loki still only weighs 5 lbs. I have it adjusted as small as it will go so it should last awhile. It is a step in harness. Loki doesn't notice it and I sometimes forget about because I can't see it through his fur. It is natural material and very light.
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This is what we are currently using on Pixel. It's very light weight, minimal contat with hair, hard to wiggle out of if properly adjusted, and the step-in style is helpful with dogs who object to over the head harnesses.

The only thing I DON't like about it is that it can be hard to figure out which is back and which is front. We finally realized that the buckle on the belly is closer to the back than the front. Once we figured that out, it was easy.


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I have tried several different types of harnesses over the last two years. The Tre Ponti Adjustable Small Dog Harness is by far my favorite for Max and Molly. I have had these harnesses for over a year and both still look brand new. The leather holds up well and the nylon is adjustable to accommodate growth.

I also like that they don't rub blisters or make matted fur under the armpits. They don't have a center strap between the legs to create mats. It is also easy to get the fit correct, because there is only one adjustment point... not several places to adjust like most other harnesses.

They are made in Italy and the only retailer I could find in the United States is Really Good Pets Shop. Really Good Pets Shop-Supplies for All Dogs with Free Shipping Always!. The harness costs $36. The company offers free shipping and free returns.

The sizing is a little bit tricky because they are made in Italy. I have attached the sizing chart. I think the sizes run a little big, so you may want to order a size smaller than the chart estimates.

I ordered SIZE 2 for both Max and Molly.

Max - Chest Girth 17" and Weight 14 lbs.
Molly - Chest Girth 15" and Weight 10 lbs.

They are super easy to get on. I have attached a few pictures to demonstrate. I simply lay the harness on the ground, put their front legs in the opening, and grab up to snap.
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Very interesting!!! I may have to order one (or more!) of these and see how they work on my gang!


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Thanks for these ideas. The Tre Ponti harness sounds very interesting and I much appreciate the pictures and details on sizing. It looks like on their website they designed it to deal with some of the common problems with many harnesses, like armpit mats, restricted gaits, and chaffing. I haven't seen anything this anywhere before and I think I may try it.

The soy coastal step in also looks worth trying. I am attracted to the soft material as the one I have is hard nylon. Since I am returning the walkinsyc ($59) i guess I could try both the TrPonti and the Coastal soy one. Again, the walkinsync is very well made and she designed it well to avoid gait interference, but I need a better rear attachment since I don't have a puller. My gooby comfort is a step in and soft mesh, so the coastal might give me the thinner, lighter, but still softer elements I want.
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Thanks for the photos of Molly. She is beautiful. Good harness info here. We've been using an Easy Walk, but we may look into that Tre Ponti. Thanks!

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Orderd and received both harnesses highlighted here...the tre ponti and the coastal soy step in. I really like the tre ponti and they sent it really fast. I like the way it doesn't rub the underarm..however, it is a little stiff. Might soften up after some wear. However, Cassie refused to walk in it and I didn't have time today to fuss with her so gooby comfort x went back on...I think it was her mood, not the harness so will try again

The coastal soy is very soft and fits much better than the other royz step in I have which has stiff webbing and just not right fit even with adjustments. However, she immediately tried to chew it and I have read from reviews that it can be chewed thru fairly quickly. It may have to wait a bit until the chewing everything in sight ends. She tried to work on it from the time I put it on til I opened the door.

To be continued...I am going to try the tre ponti again on a more relaxed day.

Addendum...I realized later that she was focused on "doing some business" on our walk and stopped about half a block away, so it wasn't yet a fair test!

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Thanks for these ideas. The Tre Ponti harness sounds very interesting and I much appreciate the pictures and details on sizing. It looks like on their website they designed it to deal with some of the common problems with many harnesses, like armpit mats, restricted gaits, and chaffing. I haven't seen anything this anywhere before and I think I may try it.

The soy coastal step in also looks worth trying. I am attracted to the soft material as the one I have is hard nylon. Since I am returning the walkinsyc ($59) i guess I could try both the TrPonti and the Coastal soy one. Again, the walkinsync is very well made and she designed it well to avoid gait interference, but I need a better rear attachment since I don't have a puller. My gooby comfort is a step in and soft mesh, so the coastal might give me the thinner, lighter, but still softer elements I want.
Let us know how it goes. I might fall in your footsteps if you find something you really love!


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This thread is great now I have a idea what's the best thread for my babies.

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