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07-11-2014 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by LaRen616 View Post
I approve of all of them except for Kaze, he needs a color, black is a shade not a color! He would love fabulous in red.
Kaze is wearing red (maroon) in all of those pics already. But I love black on him! I think it looks nicer because his coat doesn't have a lot of black on it as it is.
07-11-2014 07:38 AM
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Do you sled with them, too? I skijor with my Belgian, and really enjoy it. I did have a harder time finding a harness that fit her well, she has a long back and a wide chest. I ended up getting a deal on an adjustable harness from a place in Norway (non-stop), just in case anyone has difficulty with fit, and is looking to run their GSD. Shepherds have a different shape than your typical sled dog, and the normal x-back usually don't fit them correctly for long-term use, and could lead to back problems in future, if the dog is doing a lot of all-out galloping. The x-back puts pressure on the back when the dog is "coiling" during the gallop.

What a great team you have!
Thank you. I haven't had the opportunity to sled with them yet. I was living in Oregon, and there isn't a lot of snow there, unless you get up around Mt. Hood, which my job did not afford the time. Now we are in Idaho, which also doesn't get a lot of snow, but the snow we got this past winter was more than the entire 4 years in Oregon. Plus, in Idaho, it gets so cold that the snowfall in one day will not melt for 2-3 weeks. So if I can get the sled and proper gear, I would love to try it. That's the goal!

As for the harness, we are going with the custom made Alpine Outfitters X-back. They tell you how to take the measurements, and then based on your dog's exact specifications, they build a harness that fits perfectly. So if you have a short and stubby Siberian or a long back and wide chested Shepherd, the harness should not cause any problems, as long as your measurements are accurate. Here's the link on how to measure:

Alpine Outfitters - Your One-Stop Shop for Quality Working Dog Gear - Tel: (360) 659-3800

I ordered the green harness (pictured above in this thread) for Beowulf to test the sizing and quality. Now I'm in the process of ordering one for the other 3 dogs. I've already taken their measurements. I just wanted to get 1 to ensure I measured correctly before ordering 3 more.

Thanks for the info you provided about the differences between sled dogs and our GSDs. And thank you for your compliment!
07-11-2014 12:48 AM
lalachka It looks amazing though my reason for doing it is same as yours was, exercise my dog without the park. Thank you for helping)))))))
07-11-2014 12:40 AM
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Hey, I've been thinking about doing this for a while. Can you post or pm everything I need? And most importsnt, how do you teach the dog to pull and the commands? Do I just get on the bike lol or is there stuff that he needs to learn first?
I can PM you after work tonight! Thanks for asking. It's so much fun, trust me!!!
07-10-2014 06:29 PM
Muskeg Do you sled with them, too? I skijor with my Belgian, and really enjoy it. I did have a harder time finding a harness that fit her well, she has a long back and a wide chest. I ended up getting a deal on an adjustable harness from a place in Norway (non-stop), just in case anyone has difficulty with fit, and is looking to run their GSD. Shepherds have a different shape than your typical sled dog, and the normal x-back usually don't fit them correctly for long-term use, and could lead to back problems in future, if the dog is doing a lot of all-out galloping. The x-back puts pressure on the back when the dog is "coiling" during the gallop.

What a great team you have!
07-10-2014 06:29 PM
LaRen616
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So that will be my new rainbow of skittles: Paw Paw blue, Beowulf green, Nara pink, and Kaze black. Once I get all of the harnesses, I'll take some new pics to share.
I approve of all of them except for Kaze, he needs a color, black is a shade not a color! He would love fabulous in red.
07-10-2014 06:12 PM
mssandslinger love!!! im very impressed in the 4 dogs to 1 human set us you have going!
07-10-2014 06:06 PM
lalachka Hey, I've been thinking about doing this for a while. Can you post or pm everything I need? And most importsnt, how do you teach the dog to pull and the commands? Do I just get on the bike lol or is there stuff that he needs to learn first?
07-10-2014 05:40 PM
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I love this photo!

How come Paw Paw is the only one with a blue harness, unacceptable, you need a different color harness for each dog, lol, like a rainbow!
Funny you asked!...

So, all of the dog gear has been color coded from day one. However, when it came to getting them harnesses, they only came in red or blue. Paw Paw's colors have always been blue, so of course I got him a blue harness. Beowulf's colors were brown and then green. When he was a pup, his harness, leash and collar were brown. When we started outfitting the dogs with packs and gear from Ruffwear, we switched him to green since they didn't offer brown. Nara's color has always been black, and I've used Beowulf's brown leash to share with Nara, as brown looks good on her too, and because I hadn't found a black leash in single-ply. Nara had a black 12" traffic lead, but Paw Paw lost that on us (long story).

Anyways, due to the chaffing of the harnesses, I decided to switch to Alpine Outfitters custom made harness that has the padding all the way passed the armpits. Here are the colors they offer:



Not sure if you saw the thread below, but it has pics of Beowulf trying on his new green harness that came in the mail after the original pics were taken:

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...-daughter.html



My wife has been on me ever since we first got Nara (our only female and our first dog out of the 4) about getting Nara girly stuff in pink. I've always been against it. I don't want my GSD to be a girly dog. I want her to be big and strong, intimidating, not a laughing stock! Joking of course. But yeah, I still didn't want her decked out in pink. So then my wife has been joking about me coming home from work and finding out that the family painted Nara's toenails pink. Argh! But in my old age, I've finally given in as a secret surprise. I'm going to switch all of Nara's stuff over to pink. I already bought a pink collar that is hidden away until I return home (I'm out of town at the moment). I'm also going to get her a custom Alpine Outfitters harness in pink. My wife and kids will love it!

Paw Paw will be getting a new blue harness from AO.

As for Kaze, when we got him, he was sharing Nara's gear while I scrambled to get him his own. I really liked black on him better than black on Nara, and since he needs his own color now, black it shall be. Perfect timing with switching Nara to pink. The "red" harnesses they're wearing in the pics are actually maroon, and Beowulf's is red red. The maroon showed up better on Nara since she has that solid black back. Kaze doesn't have a lot of darker fur, so the black shows up better against his reds and browns.

So that will be my new rainbow of skittles: Paw Paw blue, Beowulf green, Nara pink, and Kaze black. Once I get all of the harnesses, I'll take some new pics to share.
07-10-2014 10:54 AM
LaRen616
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4 fuzzy butts:

I love this photo!

How come Paw Paw is the only one with a blue harness, unacceptable, you need a different color harness for each dog, lol, like a rainbow!
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