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Old 05-19-2013, 11:41 PM
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Default Julius K9 Harness

Anyone have one?

I'm in love with this color:


But wanted reviews on the functionality of the harness as well.

I really like the looks of it.

Confused on sizing though. Jackson is approx 17lbs with a 19.5" girth. I can't decide to go with "Mini-Mini" or just "Mini"

Did not know if they ran big or small etc.

Mini-Mini:Chest Measurement 18 - 21.5 inches. Weight 8.8 - 15Lbs. 4-7Kg
Mini:Chest Measurement 18 - 23.5 inches. Weight 15 - 33Lbs.7-15Kg


Also, didn't know the difference between the original or the "IDC" harness.
http://www.julius-k9.us/harnesses-c-2.html
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:29 AM
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I made a thread on them about a year ago but I can't link to it or this post will be moderated forever.

However a lot of people said they were concerned about the strap going across the front limiting movement. I think at least two people chimed in that their vets thought it was actually detrimental.

They're super expensive so I've never ordered one. Plus I wanted one for Payton to hike in and they're so big and heavy (definitely nice and sturdy IMO), BB suggested it was just going to be too hot and I agree.
I still like how they look, I like that there's a handle on it to grab easily too, but I will probably never actually own one.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:31 AM
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Get Jackson an agitation harness.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:45 AM
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I've been saving monies to get Frag one... I really like the design, and IMO, compared to others, these are cheap! Plus, you can get any patch you could imagine! XD

The picture you attached is the IDC harness, I believe. It has a more angled chest strap than the original, from what I have read.

I have a friend who has the belt harness for her working GSD and he runs, trains, and works in it just fine. I am planning on an IDC for Frag, but it's only going to be for nosework and hiking, most likely.

I could have SWORN I saw a product review for one on a blog that has a Dachshund model/reviewer who's name started with a "D"... but I cannot remember the name of it. If it was the same harness, she had some sizing issues with her little dog and it didn't get great reviews, but that may have been because of the shape of a Dachshund, too.

eta; this explains the difference; just found it! http://k9harness.com/original-k9-pow...c-powerharness
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:52 PM
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I use them with puppies. I'm not thrilled with the front strap, but I'm not thrilled with MOST harnesses. By the time they start pulling hard enough on the front though, I switch from the harness.

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Old 05-20-2013, 01:01 PM
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Aside from the front movement concerns I have seen a lot of dogs snake out of them. I really liked them when I first saw them and they ARE well made but, yeah, they're not the most secure harness I have seen.
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Well I'm in the agility world where these things are a much a fashion statement as they are useful.

A lot of people like them and swear by them. I'm personally not a fan.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:31 PM
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I have one for izzie but mainly because it looks more "official" for therapy work. People seem to take her more seriously. It's a bit stiff and hard to fit just right but izzie is also a weirdly shaped dog. I think she has the mini mini size.

The front strap isn't really low enough to restrict movement according to my rehab vet, similar to the comfortflex. If your dog pulls obviously it would be different but for dogs with LLW or minimal pulling and who wear it off leash, it should be just fine.
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I don't see how the front strap can be such a huge problem. I mean, don't use them for weight pulling or carting, but as a regular walking harness, sure. Every guide dog harness is designed with a strap across the chest, and you don't see guide dogs breaking down on their front end because of it (and I can guarantee you most guide dogs spend more time in a harness than any sport/pet dog you'd use this on).

That said, the design as a whole doesn't look comfortable. Too bulky. I'd just as soon use a plain harness.
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The concern, from what I hear, is probably because sport dogs often pull hard on harnesses (or drive hard while running), driving to their fun. Guide dogs do not pull.
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