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K9 Julius IDC Power Harness

Was wondering if you all would share your experiences with this K9 Julius IDC harness on your Dobes and them pulling and/or backing out of standard harnesses you'd grab from Walmart.
I love walking my boy but he can make it difficult by trying to "bolt" out of doors the moment I open one to walk him. He'll get all his energy out on the walk (usually try to pull and lead for the first minute or two then walks fine by my side). My main concerns with the harness are him being able to pull so hard the Velcro comes loose and he takes off or him backing out of the harness. He's so strong.
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Hi and Welcome!

I currently have a harness on my boy, not that particular one, and I love it! He pulls sooooooooooooo much less and almost seems more confident wearing it. Have you worked on turning and walking in another direction when he starts to pull? Or just stopping in your tracks until he walks towards you and then treating for the loose leash?
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I have the regular Julius K9 Harness (not the IDC version), and a dog that pulls will certainly be able to pull in it and would possible be able to back out of it. I think you may need a no-pull harness with a front attachment, as well as working on some leash skills for the beginning of your walks. I might look into this harness: Custom-Made Padded Urban Trail Sport Dog Harness. You can get it with a front D-ring to use as a front attach harness, or this one: Freedom Harness, No-Pull Dog Harness: Multi-Use, Velvet Lining!.


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I currently have a harness on my boy, not that particular one, and I love it! He pulls sooooooooooooo much less and almost seems more confident wearing it. Have you worked on turning and walking in another direction when he starts to pull? Or just stopping in your tracks until he walks towards you and then treating for the loose leash?
@Gretchen_Red - what harness do you use for Mav?
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I'm sorry I don't know. I'm so bad about that. I see something that looks like what I want online and I just buy it.
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I'm planning on ordering the Julius K9 harness too. I've met a Dalmation, a dobe and an English bulldog wearing one and the owners said they were great. I'm not expecting it to stop her pulling though, she throws her weight into her shoulders, so I'm training her out of that. The same methods as Gretchen Red mentioned. I'm actually buying it for the pouches so she can carry her own stuff while we're out hiking. I don't see any way out of it if it fits well.
She also tries to bolt out of the house so I've found that asking her to sit inside the door when I open it (treat) then I step out and ask her to come and sit beside me (treat) works and slows her down. Every time she bolts past me she goes back in and we start again. At least this way I get to close the front door before she tries to drag me off!
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Another that you might consider that I'm using for my puppy right now and I REALLY like is the Ruffwear front range harness.


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The Julius K9 harness has a band that crosses over the shoulders. For this reason I would never use it. I heard an excellent talk at our kennel club by a veterinarian sport rehab specialist and a veterinarian chiropractor. The talk was on equipment that can cause physiological strains and injuries for dogs. They were both adamantly against head harnesses and shoulder restrictive harnesses. Here is also a good article on the topic of good harness plus how to fit them properly.

https://k9trailtime.wordpress.com/20...rfect-harness/


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The Julius K9 harness has a band that crosses over the shoulders. For this reason I would never use it. I heard an excellent talk at our kennel club by a veterinarian sport rehab specialist and a veterinarian chiropractor. The talk was on equipment that can cause physiological strains and injuries for dogs. They were both adamantly against head harnesses and shoulder restrictive harnesses. Here is also a good article on the topic of good harness plus how to fit them properly.

https://k9trailtime.wordpress.com/20...rfect-harness/
That's one reason I only use Richter's Julius K9 for Nosework, where he searches in it for literally minutes per search I use the Alpine Outfitters harness I linked above, which is a Y-style harness, for walking. I highly recommend the Alpine Outfitters harness...it's highly padded, fits great, doesn't hinder proper movement...I love it.


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I use a Dean & Tyler harness similar to the Julius for Ilka and Leo. Lily also wears one with a strap across the chest. They wear it for nosework and parkour, and that's it. Maybe if I used a harness exclusively, it would be different, but I'm not all that concerned about any possible restriction of motion.


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Thumbs up on the Alpine Outfitter's harness! Just got
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I looked mine up I have a Top Paws padded harness. It was fairly cheap but I knew it wouldn't last long on him since he's growing.
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I have the K9 Julius IDC Power Harness for my Dobi and love it, theres no chance that the velcro strap would come loose from the dog pulling. I even bought the saddle bags for it and they have come in handy on hikes.
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When we adopted Max he came with one of those body harnesses where the leash attaches on top. He was pulling somewhat so I switched to a Martingale style collar from Ruffwear, at first he didn't like it but I was able to gently correct him. He doesn't pull anymore and it took less then a week. He weighs about 80 lbs and my wife can easily handle him.

I have one more suggestion for you. Make it a habit that you always go through any doorway first, just step in his way, let him bump into the door, or pull him back along with a "WAIT" or other verbal cue. It will be so much better.

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