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04-22-2014 01:07 PM
CharlieB.Barkin Interesting. I had always wondered if there was an alternative to stitching leashes to clips. There are so many options.
04-22-2014 12:33 PM
NancyJ Are you talking about the lead being twisted? That is just a braided leather lead. A strong way to connect the handle and clip.

The harness looks like a patrol harness not the best design for tracking because it is not non restrictive around the neck. (compare with the ray allen, which is even better with a chest piece if the dog is pulling heavily) The leash connection is on the dog's back. I would guess the two straps are to give more support if lifting the dog but that is just a guess.

I would take your time with it until you figure what you need. The best harness for carrying a lot may not be the best one for tracking.
04-22-2014 12:16 PM
CharlieB.Barkin I saw this on a previous thread:

What type of collar is that? It looks like one of those no-pull harnesses, but I somehow doubt they would use those out in the field in a military setting.

Also, why is the collar all twisted around near the clip?
04-22-2014 06:27 AM
NancyJ RE-leads. When I was tracking I was perfectly happy with a piece of tubular nylon tied to a clip .. I have a 20 foot light biothane lead for working with my cadaver dog because I like biothane and it is easy to decontaminate.

I bought this harness because I wanted to be able to lift my dog with it short distances and felt it was up to the job. (If he fell off a boat while working) AND I liked the more rear position of the D ring for working with him.

There are all kind of harnesses out there. This is a tracking harness a lot of SAR folks like but I just wanted a bit longer for using a harness for cadaver work (as the line is looser when you are casting a dog about and he was getting his legs caugt in it)
Tracking Harness/Fly Dog Harness (tm)

For hiking and load bearing Ruffwear makes a lot of nice stuff. I used one of their harnesses for a while and decided I wanted a clip further to the rear and wider straps. Only reason I changed. They are very comfortable for the dogs.
Ruffwear Dog Packs

The main complaint I have heard about the harness I have is shifting around under load. Since I am the one doing the carrying, that is not an issue for me.

Agree with David......Try stuff and use what you like. You will probably wind up with a box of harnesses . Some of mind winds up as loaners to teammates to see what they like. I had the Ruffwear harness as a loaner from someone else.
04-22-2014 02:27 AM
David Winners Most of those harnesses are sold to military and LE. Most people don't rappel with their dogs recreationally.

David Winners
04-22-2014 01:34 AM
CharlieB.Barkin Jesus Christ, I didn't even know that was a thing.
04-22-2014 01:31 AM
David Winners Sorry:
Roping is rappelling out of a helicopter or down a wall, or fast roping out of a helicopter. Jumping is parachuting.
04-22-2014 01:25 AM
CharlieB.Barkin Forgive me, but I'm not familiar with some of the terminology that you used. What does it mean if you're roping your dog? I sort of have an idea on the "jumping", but would you be able to give an example? I can't think of any jumping that would require a really strong clip.
04-22-2014 01:20 AM
David Winners Different clips have different ratings. If you are roping or jumping with a dog, you need the appropriate load rated clips.

Honestly, I would just get a harness and see what you like / don't like about it. I have several and use them with different dogs in different applications. I wouldn't break the bank on cobra clips and a jump rated harness unless you have reason to.

04-22-2014 12:04 AM
CharlieB.Barkin On a previous post on this forum I found these:
MK VII Tactical K9 Harness - Medium - K-9

MK VII Sport K9 Harness - Medium
(From my understanding, this one has 'cheaper' clips)

Proioxis K9 Collar - Accessories - K-9

30-Foot Braided Nylon K9 Tracking Lead - Accessories - K-9

This is like an entirely different world to me. I've never hear of cobra, raptor, or kong from clips before. I assume these more expensive clips offer more durability and functionality?
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