Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
If I had the money I'd go with bold lead designs, I'd love to have one of their harnesses.
Since I don't, my rigid handle harness is a bridgeport that I sent to a saddle maker to have improved like the fake sheepskin removed for real sheepskin padding.
You do have to be very careful with a rigid handle on a harness, and the longer the handle the more torque that can be placed on the dog. Like Xeph, for bracing I place my hand directly onto my SD's shoulders and not the harness handle. I think higher than 6 inches would be too much and cause trouble for the dog. If your SD ever begins to show signs of being harness shy, it could be from the harness causing pain.
There are some leather harnesses with rigid handles for sale from Active Dogs. Circle E also makes one. But if you can swing it, bold lead designs is the most highly recommended. Nearly everyone I've spoken to who has one loves it. The comfort and safety of your dog is at stake with low quality harnesses.
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