Our older dogs walk nicely to heel and wear just a dog collar and lead when out and about. But we do put our youngest dog in a harness, she has energy and can be a scatter brain when walking down the pavement so we wanted a comfy harness solution that would support her in all the right places.
A harness can be comfier and more supportive than a dog collar and lead, and it can encourage a closer connection to you and better control.
We wanted to share Stick wearing her harness to help explain how Hindquarters harnesses work. This is a medium sized mustard harness, almost too small for her at 8 months.
When we first designed harnesses we decided to reimagine the standard with a view to engineering a harness for ultimate comfort and functionality. Without a piece of plastic or nylon in sight.
Comfort is key when choosing the best harness for your dog, that's why we use a cotton weave. It is a soft and natural fibre with flex and give, and so moves as your dog moves.
A good fit is important too: Hindquarters harnesses are adjustable around the neck and girth for a perfect fit. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes and there's often a big difference within breed or type.
Hindquarters harnesses are available in a range of colours and sizes - small, medium and large - or just send us your dog's measurements and we'd be happy to make their harness spot on. It takes just a couple of extra days to do. Here is how to measure your dog for a harness.
Hindquarters harnesses are easy to put on and take off. The harness is put over your dog's head and fixed at her sides. It forms a comfy cradle with any pressure borne evenly across the chest, and allows free shoulder movement, enabling them to walk, run and move without being restricted.
The dog lead is attached to a D ring at the top of the harness where the loop gently tightens with any pull pressure. Here are instructions for how to put a Hindquarters harness on.
As well as being practical for your dog, you will want a harness that is easily cleaned and machine washable. Just put your Hindquarters harness in a wash machine at 40 on a gentle cycle in a draw string bag to stop it knocking around in the drum.
We use marine grade stainless steel metalwork because it is lightweight, strong and reliable - and even sea salt resistant. Meaning more trips to the beach.
At Hindquarters we make harnesses that suit all types of dogs. Our small size harnesses are good for Puggles, medium size suits a Cockapoos, and the Large size is good for Labs. Our harnesses are available in a range of colours. If you can't find something exactly right, please get in touch and we can always make you a harness to your dog's measurements and spec.
Small size : 2.5cm wide cotton weave that fits lower neck between 30-40cm (12-16 inches) and chest girth just behind fronts legs 40-50cm (16-20 inches) and good harness for a JRT or other Terrier.
Medium slim size : 2.5cm wide cotton weave that fits a lower neck between 35-55cm (14-21 inches) and girth just behind front legs 50cm-65cm (20-25 inches) and a good harness for a small Lurcher or Cockapoo.
Medium size: 3cm wide cotton weave that fits a lower neck between 35-55cm (14-21 inches) and girth just behind front legs 50cm-65cm (20-25 inches) and a good harness for a Cockapoo, Corgi or Spaniel.
Large size: 3cm wide cotton weave that fits a lower neck between 45-65cm (18-25 inches) and girth just behind front legs between 60-85cm (24-33 inches) a good harness for a Lab or big dog.