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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-27-2015, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Julius K9 IDC harness

Has anyone here ever used it before? What are some thoughts on it? I'm thinking about buying one, but before I do, I would like some opinions. I know all of their products are well made, and high quality, but it would be nice to have hand to hand experience opinions too!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-28-2015, 01:41 PM
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I bought one for Kaze when we were set to begin K9 SAR training. I realized over time that his first owner messed him up so much that he could never be a SAR dog, but we still use the harness when we go camping. It's bright orange and I attached the bear bells to it, which we used for SAR dogs in my last unit. I have to get some new Velcro patches, and removed the SEARCH and RESCUE patches and replaced them with IN TRAINING instead. I let him roam off leash when we camp, as we're camping in areas where there is no one else but us. I plan to buy one for Nara too. They have KING and QUEEN Velcro patches too, so I might buy those, since I call Kaze my King and Nara is the Queen. Ha! I believe they can also make customized patches too, so I might go that route.






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I recently purchased one for my almost 3y.o. to begin PP work. I fit the harness (with chest strap) to him with the 2 finger space rule. While I was holding him back watching another dog do his bite work (we were trying to invoke a reaction from my dog to the other dog's training) he was pulling and barking at the other dog. This was the reaction we were looking for BUT my dog did a quick 180 and the pressure from the leash/holding him back pulled the harness right off of him. Not a bad harness, but if i were to count on it for reasons similar to mine I would invest in another type (as I ordered one last night haha) goodluck!
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-28-2015, 09:30 PM
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I have a Julius "beltharness" and LOVE it. It's our competition Nosework harness, but I also use it for flyball training, protection/agitation work, and anytime I need a simple harness. I'm not sure what the application would be for agility (I always train and run my dogs "naked" or with a simple flat collar), but it is absolutely my favorite harness! I've sold off my ComfortFlex and Bridgeport K9 leather protection harnesses, don't use them anymore.

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For agility people use them mostly at trials, because this harness is quick and easy to get on/off. I don't have one currently, but eventually. Brilliant K9 is another brand that seems more popular right now.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-02-2015, 02:34 PM
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I did use the Julius K9 harness for some of Pimg's agility career, but I didn't prefer it. I do still use it regularly though in place of a collar on her.

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For agility, I much prefer the quick release collars from Clean Run because they don't pull your dog's hair. Sometimes a slip lead might catch their neck hair, and I didn't like that. I also like that it doesn't distract yours or your dog's focus on the task. I loved that when I walked into the ring, both my dog and I were well focused on that first obstacle. With the quick release leash, you press a button and it literally falls off. Easy peasy. With harness and/or slip leads, you have do deal with unbuckling or loosening them, and pulling them over your dog's head. It's a minor thing- but everything I can do to stay 100% focused on the game- I'll do it. I really, really love this lead for agility.
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BTW- my comment is in reference to agility. Rereading your initial post, I'm not sure if you intended on using the harness for agility or not. I use the Julius K9 harness for EVERYTHING other than agility. It's a great all purpose harness.

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I was not stating the fact that I would need it for agility, because we only do it for fun. Nothing very serious. I'm thinking to use it for more of an everyday thing. I also think that Brilliant K9 is very similar to Julius K9, but based on some research I came to the conclusion that I would be better off with Julius K9. Some stated how it is a "higher quality" as prices also show that. I just would like a harness that is easy to put on/off, and would last me a long time.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-03-2015, 12:50 AM
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The Julius K9 harness is thicker- heavier duty- than the Brilliant K9 harness. The Brilliant K9 harness is also a bit smaller and thinner in the panel section, so it will be a cooler harness in general. Really, you can't go wrong with either. For a large GSD, I personally prefer the look of the Julius K9 harness. For my smaller Mal, I liked the look the the Brilliant K9 harness (though I didn't end up getting that brand for him).

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