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Wheel Dog Harness Info

The idea of designing this harness came to Ivana when she saw a couple of large dogs running in wheel position in the front of a sled with very low gang line attachment. If you have a tall wheel dog wearing an x-back harness, the end of the harness and the tug line will naturally pull down on the dog’s rear end. The harness will also twist to one side more than on any of the other team dogs, often resulting in under arm rub. This is due to the low point of attachment of the harness to the gangline. Pressure on the rear end will make the dog uncomfortable, and can result in injuries. Wheel dogs are more likely to get injured than other dogs on a team. Wheel position is in the eyes of many mushers the toughest position for a dog.

And that’s where our harness comes in to play! Our Wheel Dog Harness is basically a re-designed x-back harness. It is slightly longer than your regular harness. It rides lower on the dog’s lower back, thus reducing the pressure on a dog’s hips. Relieving pressure on a dog’s back will also make the dog run straighter. Special attachment points on the sides of the harness (rings) make the back end of the harness flexible (it can move up and down depending on the dog’s movement). This harness features full-length padding (soft foam material covered in a rip-stop shell) and a specially designed breast plate.

The Wheel Dog Harness can be used on any dog in the team, it is not restricted to the use on wheel dogs. For better overall health of dogs, we recommend to rotate x-back harnesses and Wheel Dog Harnesses on all dogs in team. This will give dogs a relive from the pressure on their lower back (from an x- back harness), therefore minimize injuries. The Wheel Dog Harness is also an excellent choice of a harness for tire training, pulling a kick sled, roading while pulling a chain and any other situation where the pulling line is attached low to the ground.

Fitting tips: Do not size the harness too long! The harness should be only slightly longer than the dog’s body (when stretched). It needs to be long enough to “free” the dog’s pelvis. The metal rings should sit about at the groin area.