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Harnesses for running dogs

Hi all. I'd like some advice from any distance runners /mountain bikers that run or cycle off road with their dogs. There was a thread recently about harnesses and I was about to order a K9 Julius until a few people suggested they might restrict movement. I'd be interested to know which harness other runners / mountain bikers use?

We've been running trails for a little while, off lead, and I've just begun including a little road work to begin training. She's incredibly head strong and tends to charge ahead but I think that's partly about her learning to control her pace to match mine. Her trot seems to come in 3 speeds and all are faster than me! Downhill I look like I'm waterskiing! She seems to love it though and I'm really enjoying running with her. I trained my lab to run off lead on the road but I don't think this will ever be possible with her high prey drive plus she's so much quicker. Any tips to help with this training would be well received. Thanks.
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I strongly recommend the Alpine Outfitters Urban Trail harness for biking or running with dogs. You can find it at petexpertise.com.
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I strongly recommend the Alpine Outfitters Urban Trail harness for biking or running with dogs. You can find it at petexpertise.com.
This is what I have too and it's great for trail walking w/ the front D ring. I use a prong/loose lead with one hand to bike with my male but be really really careful if you're going to try it. It works well for us but can be dangerous if you're not an avid cyclist.
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Hi and thanks for the recommendation. Just had a look at the website and it looks perfect but unavailable in the uk. I'll keep looking, perhaps there's an equivalent.
Agree with your tip about holding the lead @greenkouki , sounds safer than attaching the dog to the bike. That'll be my husbands job, I'll end up in the bushes (or hospital!)
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I use a Sleepypod Sport harness as its a good size and its one of the only ones here that is properly tested in car crash situations, as its also a car harness. Its nicely padded too! Clickit Sport - Sleepypod® | The safest pet company | Dog Carrier | Cat Carrier | Dog Harness

Once Kaiser is fully grown, I hope to one day rollerblade with him (he'll probably kill me doing it though) and Windchill is the brand I plan to use for a working harness.

https://www.windchill.com.au/index.html (they do ship overseas if you find something you're after).
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Hi and thanks for the recommendation. Just had a look at the website and it looks perfect but unavailable in the uk. I'll keep looking, perhaps there's an equivalent.
Agree with your tip about holding the lead @greenkouki , sounds safer than attaching the dog to the bike. That'll be my husbands job, I'll end up in the bushes (or hospital!)
It is available from other websites, you so might google the name of the harness and see if any other sellers ship to the UK for you.


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I'll have a look at the Windchill and Sleepypod today, thanks. I did a lot of googling last night, so much I can't remember what the outcome was for most of it! There are other stockists for the Alpine but no mention of international shipping so I think I'll email them.
I found a few uk sites offering custom made trail harnesses that looked good but the reviews, particularly one from a dobe owner, said they just didn't fit deep chested breeds properly and rubbed. I'd rather pay the money to ship a good one like you've recommended.
I'll let you know how I get on, thanks X
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I'll have a look at the Windchill and Sleepypod today, thanks. I did a lot of googling last night, so much I can't remember what the outcome was for most of it! There are other stockists for the Alpine but no mention of international shipping so I think I'll email them.
I found a few uk sites offering custom made trail harnesses that looked good but the reviews, particularly one from a dobe owner, said they just didn't fit deep chested breeds properly and rubbed. I'd rather pay the money to ship a good one like you've recommended.
I'll let you know how I get on, thanks X
The Windmill harnesses are mostly heavy duty harnesses for sledding and pulling (including biking), but they have some that cross over for walking and also have some hiking accessories. The Sleepypod is primarily for car safety, however I find its a good fit for the deep chested breeds, sits nicely without rubbing and is also good for doing sports with.

I'm sure you will be able to find plenty of other brands that offer more of what you're after, but those are just the two here that I've had personal experience with.
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The Windmill harnesses are mostly heavy duty harnesses for sledding and pulling (including biking), but they have some that cross over for walking and also have some hiking accessories. The Sleepypod is primarily for car safety, however I find its a good fit for the deep chested breeds, sits nicely without rubbing and is also good for doing sports with.

I'm sure you will be able to find plenty of other brands that offer more of what you're after, but those are just the two here that I've had personal experience with.
That's really helpful. Had a quick look a the Sleepypod before I left for work and it's a really nice looking harness. I'll have a better look at them later Thank you
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