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What is your favorite Harness for walking your Havanese? What is your favorite Harness for car travel? Any harnesses you find that you don't care for? I know there are older threads on harnesses but wondering if maybe people have tried any new ones they like.

I am thinking about ordering a Sense-ation or Sense-ible harness as Javi likes to pull on the lead. We have the Puppia and he hates me putting it on and off.

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What is your favorite Harness for walking your Havanese? What is your favorite Harness for car travel? Any harnesses you find that you don't care for? I know there are older threads on harnesses but wondering if maybe people have tried any new ones they like.

I am thinking about ordering a Sense-ation or Sense-ible harness as Javi likes to pull on the lead. We have the Puppia and he hates me putting it on and off.
Sense-ation is still my go-to harness for every day, even though Kodi is long past pulling. But there is much less contact area on their coat with this harness, so less matting.

This is the only car harness I will use. It is the only one I know of that has been crash tested and has done well in those crash tests:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=28326

Most "car harnesses" for dogs have a weak metal attachment between the harness and the seatbelt. Anyone who has ever seen a horse break a halter knows that it is NOT the nylon webbing that breaks, it is the metal parts. With the Solvit harness, the seatbelt slips through two web slots on the back of the harness. There are not plastic or metal attachment points that can come loose in an accident. It keeps the dog fairly tight IN the seat, though there is room to sit up or lie down. Some dogs will need time to adjust to this amount of restriction on their movement, but this is EXACTLY what makes it such a safe harness. It's worth doing the training to teach them to sit quietly in their seat, just as you would teach a small child to stay seated in a car seat.


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Thanks Karen. I was wondering about the car harnesses, I had been considering using the Canine Friendly harness. I will look into the Solvit.

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Thanks Karen. I was wondering about the car harnesses, I had been considering using the Canine Friendly harness. I will look into the Solvit.
Nope. There is no way I'd use that knowing what I do now. (though that's exactly the one we started with, because it's really easy to get on and off) They have plastic connectors and elastic at the shoulders that can allow the dog to pop right through in a crash. The only things I DO like are that it is a web-to-web connection to the seat belt, and the vest part spreads any impact nicely across the chest.


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I've really liked the Solvit harness I bought last year, but when I went to buy a second for my other dog, I found this on the website. It appears that I have one of the faulty harnesses. I just contacted them about it yesterday, so haven't heard back yet.

http://www.solvitproducts.com/detail...-CBC-telecast-

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I've really liked the Solvit harness I bought last year, but when I went to buy a second for my other dog, I found this on the website. It appears that I have one of the faulty harnesses. I just contacted them about it yesterday, so haven't heard back yet.

http://www.solvitproducts.com/detail...-CBC-telecast-
This piece appears to be part of the tether assembly, however, and their literature is very clear that the use of the tether, rather than passing the seatbelt directly through the web slots on the back of the harness is not as safe. (the more movement the dog is allowed, the less safe s/he is) I don't ever use the tether with Kodi. His harness attaches directly to the seatbelt.

I do like how quickly they responded to this problem, though. Makes me like the company even more.


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As far as walking harnesses, I really like the Wonder Walker. I was using the Easy Walk harness for quite a while when he was a puppy, because he needed a no pull harness, but it was situated on his chest so that if it loosened up at all he was able to chew on it. After having to replace it a number of times, I came across the Wonder Walker. It fits just a little different so that he couldn't chew it, plus comes in lots of pretty colors. Now that he's almost 3 he probably (?) wouldn't chew anything, but I stayed with it because if it's not broke, don't fix it!


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As far as walking harnesses, I really like the Wonder Walker. I was using the Easy Walk harness for quite a while when he was a puppy, because he needed a no pull harness, but it was situated on his chest so that if it loosened up at all he was able to chew on it. After having to replace it a number of times, I came across the Wonder Walker. It fits just a little different so that he couldn't chew it, plus comes in lots of pretty colors. Now that he's almost 3 he probably (?) wouldn't chew anything, but I stayed with it because if it's not broke, don't fix it!
I have a wonder walker too, but don't like it as much. I often let Kodi off leash in the woods and fields on our walks, and the attachment on the wonder walker just flaps out in front and hits his legs. It looks uncomfortable to me. I also find that the wider webbing causes more matting. I DO really like the placement of the snap on the wonder walker… MUCH easier to snap up without catching long hair in it!


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[QUOTE=krandall;944994]This piece appears to be part of the tether assembly

It's actually the slider that's used to change the strap length of the Solvit Deluxe harness that had an issue. I received a reply from them today, and they offered to send me a replacement harness. In case others have the 'faulty' version, here's what they said in the email they sent today:

'By the way, in the small harness, the 5mm or 8mm slider will not matter in the crash test performance due to the weight of the dog. It really only becomes a factor in the large and XL sizes. We are putting the 8mm in all sizes to simplify the manufacturing and avoid confusion'.

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We don't walk out and about yet but for out in our yard we use RC pets cirque harness. Our pup is 10 weeks old and the size xxs fits him well. I like that it is quick to put on and take off.
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