All dogs are created equal (obvi), but not harnesses. There’s a reason! As with different body types, our pups have different builds and walking styles, which is why we’ve created a harness with three attachment points to cater for all.
We walk our doggos for all different reasons, whether it be social, exercise, training or sensory. Reason aside, as much as you stare at your doggo in admiration on a daily basis because they are just so perfect and what did we do to deserve dogs, really?
We’ve veered off track.
Now, have you ever observed the way your dog walks? It’s not uncommon to respond with, ‘no’. However, when choosing your harness and the way you use it, this information can make all the difference! There are six different types of doggo walking styles that can vary depending on their experience, health and the terrain.
- Does your pup like to stay grounded? Seeing three legs on the path at one time? That’s your classic walk.
- Have an even more relaxed doggo? Those two right legs moving as a pair? Amber, we have an amble!
- Pal’s paws a little one-sided but moving faster than an amble? Your pup is pacing, hunny.
- Now let’s pick up the pace. Not the pace we just mentioned. The speed pace. The need for speed. Let’s not get it twisted, trots are faster than your average walk, and your pup’s legs will be lifting diagonally. Think front right and back left moving in sync. Like a waltz. Your doggo is doing the waltz.
- Likewise, the canter is a rhythmic little wonder – a 3-beat style of movement that’s not widely used, but great for pups conserving energy.
- And now a word you’re used to hearing in horse-talk – the gallop. That fast-paced burst where all four paws are lifted off the ground. So our dogs essentially fly. They really can do anything.
So we’ve concluded our four-legged friends are majestic dancers who fly, but why are we telling you all this? Taking into consideration pup’s walking style and the reason you two are stepping out, let’s look at that harness.
Your front attachment point is great if pup likes to pull. We get it, walkies are exciting, but if we’re still training to heel, the front attachment is for you. Now this harness attachment is simply a training tool, not an end game. Our doggos would argue some kind of treats would be beneficial during this training process, and of course they are right. If pup is extra excited, you can attach a second leash clip to the back loop, helping guide your little one to a more “obedient” style.
If pup’s mastered being a “good boy” (or girl or whoever they damn well want to be!) the two back harness loops are your go-to. There’s a loop near the nape and further down the back. Wherever we attach the leash affects our doggo’s weight distribution, and ultimately their comfort levels. This is where you can pay attention to your furry friend’s walk and use a little T&E…trial and error. Watch pup’s walk sans leash, and see how they strut. If their walk shifts once the leash is attached, with the Signature Harness you can simply try a different loop!
Remember how we said not all harnesses are equal? Well, not all harnesses have this option. We’ve made a convertible dog harness with three leash attachment points to do the work for you, so all you need now is to figure out which attachment point suits pup’s style and then go on your merry way!