|Barked: Mon Feb 20, '12 5:25am PST |
|Ruffwear Omnijore is way more expensive than the others, and since it's not custom-made, getting a good fit is harder, and it's heavier because of all the adjustment buckles and extra webbing. I think it's kind of an expensive gimmick. (Been doing some harness research for myself lately.)
Okay, thanks for the heads up. I did recently go down to a local store selling them, to see what they were like, and I think that the padding could have been a bit better.
With all of your research, did you happen to find what length of a towline to use? I have seen everything from six feet long to ten feet long. And I'm curious what harnesses you were considering yourself!
X-backs are GREAT for serious pulling, but they are NOT great for biking or rollerblading because the point of attachment is so low on the back. The line leading to the dog should be parallel to their back or even downward sloping, not leading up to your waist or a bike. That or the dog needs to be running way out ahead to decrease the slope of the line. Not practical for most urban use.
Yeah, since she's a Sheltie she's shorter as well than, say, your average dog who might be running with a bike. (She is 18.5 to 19 inches at the withers.) And I don't want her running way out ahead for safety reasons.
Also, x-backs only stay on well when the dog is actively leaning into it. It's very, very easy to back out of.
I've spent some time with her, and she doesn't seem like the type to try that, although it's a valid consideration.
The Urban Trail looks like the best bet for a multipurpose running/pulling harness. The only problem is the kicksled- sledding needs the lower-back attachment point that is a problem in other settings.
Not sure how to resolve this dilemma. You might need to buy one of each, and use the x-back only for sledding, or jury-rig some extra piece on the Urban Trail.
Yeah, it wouldn't kill me to buy one of each.
While I do sew, and I've seen nylon extension straps that can be added to packs and harnesses sold separately, I don't know if I'd want to try it. Any strap that I could add on later is A) not going to be positioned in the right spot since I'm clueless here and B) not going to be as strong as the original would have been. Even though she's a small dog who won't be doing the pulling, I worry something could happen.
First thing is to find out whether Gypsy actually likes pulling you- most dogs do, but some don't. I found out that while Bruno used to pull really bad on walks, when I bike he is happy to run alongside- what he wanted all along was to go faster, not to pull.
Well, I'll do some short trips with my bike and rollerblades first, after I have her home. If she absolutely hates running in front and leaning into the harness, I could always nix the idea of a kicksled.
...Which kind of concludes that I should buy the Urban Trail harness first. I got the chance to see her again yesterday, and I took all of the measurements for both harnesses.
Thanks for the help, Bruno! I always like reading your posts.