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Weighted harness?

Discussion in 'Products & Equipment' started by kayla baxter, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. kayla baxter

    kayla baxter Big Dog

    I'm looking for a weighted harness for my great dane. He's a small male, with a 36" chest. He has a backpack now, and carries weight in it, but it's hard to keep the weight up near his shoulders and not putting strain on his back. I need to be as safe as possible with him being a giant breed. It's mostly just to get more out of leash walks, but I'd also like to get a bit more muscle on him. Anyone know where to find something that would fit a big dog?
     
  2. monkeys23

    monkeys23 GRCH Dog

    What about having him learn to weight pull and getting a drag sled? That would be much less stressful on his joints I'd imagine and you could get involved with the sport for fun. :)
     
  3. texasjake

    texasjake Puppy

    I can make anything to his needs in a harness or maybe even a collar a nice weighted leather collar would be to bulky depending on the desired weight defently would not look like any nylon one that you have seen if this is anything you would be intrested in please feel free to message me
     
  4. kamikaze

    kamikaze Good Dog

    True, i would start workin him with pulling. I have my girl pull a lil s10 tire and it seems to do the trick. Has REALLY helped her front muscles!! I only use my backpack i cant take my girl to do our normal exercise. or for example.. if its misting/raining out and shes being a goony...then i put it on her for a quick walk. Prob. like a week or so ago, I altered kks backpack so that it fits closer to the front.

    What are you using in the backpack as weight?
     
  5. kayla baxter

    kayla baxter Big Dog

    I'm using ankle weights, only 4 lb on each side. I have the pockets arranged in such a way that the weight pack stays right over his shoulders, but it's not ideal. This dog is a huge wussy, and I don't know if he'd take well to anything dragging behind him. How does one get started?
     
  6. kamikaze

    kamikaze Good Dog

    Well, you could start by putting a harness on him and just have him drag something like one of those lil tiny toy tires you get at pet smart. if he does 'ok' with it. you can get a paint tray and have him drag that. Id start out on grass if youre using the paint tray.

    with my girl i hooked her up to a tire and 'I' PULLED it while she was attached so she could get used to the noise. <She hated the noise( the rubber tire on the pavement is a LOT less noise then dragging a chain.) at first, but now doesnt care.> Over about 2weeks?! , I slowly started letting her pull it herself. I still held the leash behind her taking some of the weight off until she was completly comfortable.

    I'd show you a vid of my rigg up lol, but ive tried numerous times to take vid while shes pulling. Doesnt work! :)
     
  7. kayla baxter

    kayla baxter Big Dog

    What kind of harness do you use? And how do you attach it to the tire? I've tried something similar before, but he freaked out because the lines touched his back legs.
     

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