Ruffwear Front Range Harness
You may be thinking, what are the benefits of using a harness instead of a collar while partaking in outdoor activities? Well, I have a few really good answers to that question. Earlier this year, we had been taking Aspen to a veterinary chiropractor for various therapies. The veterinary chiropractor said that if a dog happens to pull while a leash is attached to a collar, that can lead to acute and chronic neck pain/injuries, to both the soft and hard tissues. Secondly, if a dog pulls hard enough, it can cause a lot of damage to the trachea and larynx, which can then lead to other problems down the road.
The third reason why we use a harness instead of a collar is because a harness allows us to have full-body control. This is extremely important when we are trekking along steep mountainsides or rough terrain. If Aspen were to slip, we could have some lifting capability of her body with the harness instead of strangling her by the collar. Too many times, I have seen that happen. For everyday wear, Aspen wears the KeepSafe Breakaway Collar.
With all of these things considered, we wanted a harness that would be lightweight, yet provide padded chest coverage for snowshoeing, hiking and everyday walking. The padded chest piece is very important because harnesses made with a thin strap that runs down the center of the chest can lead to problems. The thin strap usually doesn’t stay entirely centered in the middle of the chest, as it tends to slide to the side under the armpits. That can lead to skin chaffing, and more importantly, can cause the shoulder to pull out of socket when/if the dog pulls. It does happen, which is why people should NOT loop the leash underneath a dog’s armpit to “control them.” One bad pull, and the dog’s shoulder would be severely injured.
Aspen has worn her Ruffwear Front Range Harness swimming, hiking, snowshoeing and walking for three years now. The material is extremely durable, and hardly shows any signs of wear from use. Plus, is super easy to put on: just place it over the head, and buckle the straps around the torso. The padded chest piece extends under the stomach, and then wraps up along each side of the torso, thus preventing armpit chaffing. For leash attachment, there are two options: a loop on the front of the chest, and a metal loop located on top (that is the we use). The harness is available in six bright colors, and has reflective trim all around the edges of the harness.
We shared many wonderful adventures with Aspen, who passed away from cancer March 31, 2019.
Overall: Great Purchase
Price paid: $39.95
Place purchased: Amazon
Link to Ruffwear website: Ruffwear
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