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Dash-approved dog running harnesses

Dash-approved dog running harnesses

Running is a simple sport. All you really need is a good pair of running shoes and some moisture-wicking athletic clothes. At Dash, we try to keep dog running as simple as possible too, but we’re always on the lookout for equipment that will make our sessions safer and more enjoyable for everyone. For a long time now, I’ve been searching for a quality dog running harness that I could recommend to clients. I prefer a harness over a collar while running for two reasons: 1) to avoid excessive pressure on your dog’s neck and throat due to pulling or sudden stops, and 2) to reduce the risk of slip-outs.

Most harnesses I’ve tried were designed for obedience and training purposes, and didn’t provide the comfort or durability needed for athletic use. Fortunately, I recently found two sport harnesses that have earned the prestigious Dash stamp of approval. Let’s take a look at them, shall we?

Ruffwear Front Range Harness


Ruffwear Front Range HarnessI’ve always been a fan of Ruffwear products, especially their leashes. I’ll admit that when I first saw a photo of the Front Range Harness, I thought it was too bulky for running. But when I put it on my dog for the first time, it fit much better than expected.

Pros:

Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Noki sporting the Ruffwear Front Range Harness

  • Lots of padding
  • Fairly easy to put on – slip harness over head, then attach buckles that go around the chest
  • Two attachment points – on back and chest
  • Reflective trim
  • Sturdy, durable design

Cons:

  • There are four adjustable straps on the harness – while this sounds good, I could never quite get the fit as good as I wanted (disclaimer: this may have more to do with user error than the product itself)
  • I would prefer another metal ring on the chest plate instead of the reinforced webbing attachment

Conclusion:

The Front Range is a great harness with plenty of nice features (many that I didn’t even mention). I really like its versatility, so I recommend this harness if your dog is active in a number of activities, such as running, walking, hiking, car rides, obedience training, etc.


Pet PDC Comfortflex Sports Harness

Pet PDC ComfortFlex Sports Harness

I never heard of Pet PDC before, but I’m super impressed with the Comfortflex Sports Harness. The design is really simple, but it fits like a glove and stays in place very well during a run.

Pros:

Ready to take the ComfortFlex for a spin

  • Extremely easy to put on
  • The straps are placed away from the dog’s neck and shoulders to prevent restricting movement while running
  • The harness comes in 10 different sizes to ensure proper fit
  • Made in the USA

Cons:

  • While the harness does have some reflective areas, they’re mostly on the strap that goes under the dog’s chest – I would prefer them to be on the top straps
  • It would be nice if the buckle was metal instead of plastic
  • Does not have a chest leash attachment, which is useful if your dog pulls

Conclusion:

I highly recommend the ComfortFlex if you’re looking for a simple yet effective harness for running or walking. Since I’m not as familiar with Pet PDC, I can’t comment on the durability of the ComfortFlex, but it appears to receive good reviews online.


Where to buy

While both products are available online, the best way to find out which harness is right for your dog is to try them out first-hand. Our friends at Animal Outfitters (986 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222, 716-884-2420) carry both products. Plus, tell them that Dash Dog Running referred you, and Uncle Omar will give you $5 off either product. Happy shopping!