This blog will focus on the Zero DC Euro Short Harness and why it is one of our best selling harnesses for canicross, bikejor and even walking.
The Euro Short harness designed by Zero DC is very similar in some respects to other shorter harnesses on the market but it has the rounder neck shape which is designed to keep the backwards pull out of your dogs’ throat and onto the shoulder area, without restricting the dogs’ shoulder movement in any way. It also sits further down the back of the dog rather than just behind the shoulder joint.
The Zero DC Short harness has wide material straps which spread the pull over a wider area and has a soft lining to help prevent rubbing, even in thin coated dogs. As with most harnesses, the neck is a fixed size and should fit snugly with a few fingers gap, not too loose. The Euro Short has two clips on adjustable webbing straps which attach on the strap over your dogs’ back and make putting this harness on and taking it off, very easy, even for wriggly dogs.
One of the best features of this harness, particularly for smaller dogs, is the small area of padding which extends beyond the back length of the harness, below the ring for attaching your bungee line clip to. This additional padding means that a metal clip which may normally have bounced on the dogs’ back if the line becomes slack, doesn’t cause any issues for your dog.
I recommend this harness to owners who are unsure if their dog is going to pull out front or who already know their dog drops back by their side sometimes when running. The Euro Short harness is great for these dogs because it allows them to pull freely when they do want to run but won’t flap about like a long harness might if they drop back. It is also a good harness for dogs who run strongly but do not like the feel of a long harness by their tail or who may have a medical reason for favouring a shorter harness (i.e. a hip problem where it is better to keep any pressure away from the rear end of the dog). This harness rated very highly with the members of the Canine Massage Guild when I asked them to consider the different styles of harness because of it’s simple design and padding in the right places to protect your dog when pulling.
Finally, the Zero DC Euro harness comes in a wide range of sizes that cater from the smallest toy breeds right up to the giant breeds of dog and with eight different colour options available, it has proved very popular with people who want to colour co-ordinate their teams! It is a fantastic multi-purpose harness and as a result, we sell loads of these here at K9 Trail Time.
For more information on sizing or to buy please visit our website: (https://www.k9trailtime.com/shop/active-accessories/walking/zero-dc-short-sports-harness/)
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