Fleece Harnesses

Fleece Harnesses

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These dog harnesses are NOT designed as car harnesses or for sledding, scootering, cani-X, tracking or other dog activities that involve your dog pulling. They are designed as a balancing walking harness. They are also NOT suitable for the car. Click here to view our crash-tested car harnesses

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 Not sure what size harness you need? Please watch this video and refer to our sizing chart. Page one tells you how to measure and page 4 explains what measurements equate to each harness size.

 

 Why a fleece-lined harnesses?

There are many different harnesses on the market, some good and some not so good and there is unlikely to be one brand that is perfect for every dog. However we believe that the Xtra Dog harness offers many benefits to most dogs:

1. Padded with luxury polar fleece providing comfort for your dog.

2. Eleven sizes to choose from so there are sizes to fit most dogs.

3. Additional front rings as standard, correctly positioned so that the harness can be used with 2 two points of contact, ideal for Tellington TTouch leading exercises and for teaching your dog to walk in their natural balance.

4. Good between-the-legs measurements, so that the harness does not sit in your dog's armpits.

5. A choice of stylish colours.

6. O-rings rather than D-rings, to lessen wear and tear from on the webbing.

6. Custom-fit harnesses available, made to your dog's measurement if he does not fit a standard size.

7. Hand-made in the UK.

8. Used and recommended by five Tellington TTouch instructors, numerous practitioners, dog trainers and other dog professionals.

 

 

We are pleased to offer our range of fleece harnesses. These harnesses have differentpug measurement from our competitors and are a completely different design. They are designed by leading dog behaviourist and TTouch instructor Marie Miller, influenced by Mel Fishback Riley's harness designs of the 1950s. Our front rings have been encorporated into the design of the harness and sit in the correct place, on the point of the breastbone, so when attached to the dog at the front and at the top the lead can influence the dog's posture and help stop the dog from pulling. Other manufacturers of these style of harness have added front rings to previous designs, but due to the shape of the harness, the front ring sits too low, often between the  dogs' legs and do not have the same benefits that our harnesses do.

Xtra Dog harnesses are a registered design, but unfortunately our design has been badly copied; make sure that you are buying the genuine Xtra Dog harness by checking if your harness comes with our label,

Marie Miller has put this short video together explaining how a harness can help stop a dog from pulling when combined with Tellington TTouch ground work technique.

These harnesses complement our fleece double-ended leads (Click here to see our fleece double-ended leads). 

Please note these harnesses are designd for dual connection, ie front and back (Tellington  TTouch leading techniques) or attachment from the back (ie on the dogs shoulder). The Xtra Dog harness is not designed as a front leading only harness and the front ring is not designed to take the full weight of a dog.

Due to the intricate sewing involved in making a petite harness, these are now made to order and may take up to six weeks for delivery.

 

 

USED AND RECOMMENDED BY TELLINGTON TTOUCH INSTRUCTORS

 TTouch instructor Sarah Fisher working on Arapahoe“... I love these harnesses as they give me more choices when working with client’s dogs that are sensitive or suffering from medical conditions that may prevent me from using nylon harnesses. The ring on the front of the harness enables me to influence the posture of the dog by teaching the dog how to move his centre of gravity back into balance in keeping with the TTouch ethos. Having two points of contact (ie.a back and front ring) is key to teaching dogs to move in balance by their handler's side and many owners are stunned at the instant effect two points of contact has on their dog's posture and behaviour when on the lead.” 

 

Sarah Fisher - TV Personality, writer, dog trainer and Tellington TTouch instructor (UK based)

 

Robyn Hood“... The Xtra Dog harness is a lovely fleece harness which fits well on sensitive-skinned dogs and dogs with large sternums such as Daschunds.” 
Robyn Hood (right) - Senior Tellington TTouch Instructor (Canada based)

 

Kathy Cascade

"...I really love the fleece harness in terms of fit and comfort.  I have been using it with my own dog, Indie, on our walks with just a single point of contact. She has had some issues with wearing harnesses, seemingly feeling constrained and not wanting to move.  She is much better in your fleece harness and it fits her perfectly. I can see that getting the correct measurements and fit would be critical. Of course, her hair does stick on the fleece, but that is easily removed. I also think the harness functions well with with two points of contact. "

Kathy Cascade (left)- Tellington TTouch Instructor (USA based)

 

 

 

 

Leading dog magazine Dogs Today included us in their 'Stop Dogs Pulling' feature in the July 2011 issue. We were contacted by former Commercial Director, Liz Dixon as she was having a problem stopping her young German Shepherd, Ferris, from pulling on the lead. Xtra Dog's resident trainer Alex Wilson travelled to Richmond Park in London, and armed with a Marie Miller designed Xtra Dog walking harness, a double-ended training lead and some Tellington TTouch ground work equipment to see what could be done to help ...

The results were incredible - using Tellington TTouch ground work techniques, and the Xtra Dog harness we had Ferris walking in balance very quickly.

Liz explains "At first, this was a constant interaction - pull and release (or melt away), ... but gradually, Ferris started to slow down and respond to the gentle presure, eventually walking to heel without any intervention from me at all"

 


 

Our fleece harnesses put to the test by
Dogs Today's Liz Dixon

At the end of their tether! Ferris is now 16 weeks old! He is a lovely puppy – really eager to please, easygoing and obedient (most of the time!) apart from when we go out and he is on the lead. He walks beautifully on it (and indeed off it) in the garden – trotting along by my side quite happily. He is even pretty good outside in the lane. BUT, as soon as he sees another person or dog, or in fact anything remotely interesting, he starts to pull towards it and despite my best efforts – treats, changing direction, squeaky toy etc. I cannot seem to overcome the problem. I have recently been advised to continue to train him in the garden and not go out into the real world until he is ‘bomb proof’, however, I don’t see how he can learn to not do something unless he is encountering it. I seem to have experienced a whole raft of different training suggestions in the last few weeks and nothing seems to work. My only other experience of this ‘problem’ was with my last GSD – 14 years ago – and I confess that the favoured training method of checking the dog with a sharp tug did actually work!! Clearly this method is now deemed unreasonable but I am at a loss to know what to do for the best. Liz Dixon

... and what happened?...


Pulling on the lead - a Dog's Today, Think Tank casebook. Here is a special report from Liz Dixon, Commercial Director of Dogs Today...


"Office dog Ferris is a young Ferris PullingGerman Shepherd dog, just over a year old - a happy, healthy boy with a fantastic temperament and a lovely disposition.He is my second GSD – I had a boy before – Jack – but this one is different in so many ways not least his desire to jump into every lake and river he encounters! A joy to walk off the lead, his exuberance and sheer delight at all he encounters is in turns entertaining and hilarious but the minute he goes back, or even starts on the lead, the trouble begins!He leans into the lead like a plough horse – his objective seemingly to pull me as quickly as possible to the nearest field, tree, friend or foe and, at times, to try to dislocate my shoulder or his neck!It had got to the point where I dreaded taking him anywhere on a lead and had restricted his walks to the fields opposite my house – boring for both of us, but essential for the well-being of my back.Working for Dogs Today Magazine has afforded me the opportunity to read about and talk to various experts about lead training. To say I had been blinded by science was probably an understatement and I was getting desperate for a cure. Christine, in the office, suggested we offered Ferris’s behaviour as a challenge with a view to seeing if we could find a cure and it was while talking about this to Alex Wilson at Xtra Dog, he offered to be the first to try to cure my hauling hound."

"Xtra Dog specialise in and promote Tellington Touch, including Tellington TTouch ground work which creates balance and harmony in a dog’s IMG_0833posture ensuring that it walks comfortably alongside its owner rather than pulling. Alex first demonstrated the concept with his own dog – Arapahoe (a beautiful Siberian Husky) and then it was Ferris’s turn. We had chosen to meet at Richmond Park, so a more distracting place could not have been found – we were contending with deer and their seemingly very entrancing droppings, rabbits and their equally diverting contribution, other dogs, walkers, bikers and a whole myriad of smells. Ferris was in seventh heaven and he was off like a rocket. We gave Alex a very clear demonstration of how well Ferris pulled – he would make a great sled dog!The next thing was to fit Ferris into one of Xtra Dog’s special harnesses. I had sent over his measurements prior to meeting Alex and so, we were pretty much spot on first time.

These harnesses have a ring on the breastbone and also in the middle of the shoulders, which allows for the double-ended lead to be attached. This lead, also, is special as its connectors are different sizes – the front (chest) one being smaller so as not to irritate the dog. Once fitted, we set off with me holding the lead, hands up and apart with my right hand slightly in front of Ferris’s head. The idea is to pull gently and equally and then, as the dog gets into the correct position, gently ‘melt away’ the contact. At first, this was a constant interaction – pull and release (or ‘melt away’), pull and release – but gradually, Ferris started to slow down and respond to the gentle pressure, gradually walking to heel without any intervention from me at all! We carried out some simple exercises designed to make the dog concentrate and slow down, and despite the many distractions, Ferris responded well to these tasks and did very well. The first one involved creating a ‘labyrinth’ on the ground through which we had to walk slowly, pausing at each turn for Ferris to sit and the second one was a series of lines over which we had to step which meant that he had to be careful about where he was putting his feet. I have to say that Alex’s ingenuity was impressive – he used long and narrow plastic pipes to designate both the maze and the ladder, which worked very well! Lastly, Alex demonstrated a calming and attention-grabbing method of stroking the lead upwards and away from the dog, pulling it towards you and ensuring any loss of concentration is quickly regained. I was convinced! "

IMG_0692"Ferris was actually walking to heel and I was actually enjoying the experience! Hurrah! But, I couldn’t help worry, what would happen the next day when I took him out for his normal constitutional? Well, I am pleased to report, I needn’t have worried… If anything, he was even better in his own neighbourhood, and didn’t pull at all. He now walks beautifully on the harness and lead – I even got to try it with one hand and it worked! I know that I’ll have to keep up the 'training’ and exercises, as I cannot expect a year’s bad habits to disappear totally in one day, but, so far, so VERY GOOD! Thank you Alex and Xtra Dog – you have made my back and my dog very happy!" Liz Dixon, Dogs Today

 

 

 

 

 

unlock your dogs potentialUseful Dog Walking Tip

“TTouch leading techniques improve proprioception and balance and so can dramatically improve both posture and the behaviour of the dog. Teaching a dog to walk calmly on a leash using two-point contact - the handler having two distinct connections with the dog, usually with a double-ended leash - can have a miraculous and often instantaneous effect. There are many ways of using a two-point contact, so this leading technique can be easily tailored to suite the individual dog’s needs.

From Sarah Fisher’s 2007 book Unlock your Dog’s Potential.

 

*Tellington TTouch leading exercises enable the dog to overide old patterns of movement and behaviour without the use of fear or force. The ground work improves co-ordination, confidence, focus, self control, balance and co-operation. For more details visit our TTouch pages or www.xtrtadog.training.