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post #9 of (permalink) Old 06-10-2009, 02:45 AM
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Re: where to find vest?

Your idea is creative, but I think you need to be cautious about this. I have used similar rappelling harnesses for helicopter hoist training. Even for a healthy dog they can be uncomfortable or even cause injury if not designed and fitted properly. For a GSD with a back injury I suspect lifting in a harness could easily exacerbate the problem.

If you decide to pursue this idea, I suggest at least looking into a commercial harness that uses a spreader bar to distribute the weight more evenly. For example:

TEEFT harness

They seem to be aware of the types injuries that can be caused by lifting, so perhaps giving them a call would be worthwhile. Hope this helps, take care.

Jonathan & Benny

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