Balance Harness –
The Balance Harness is a training tool and should be used as part of a training program to reduce your dog’s tendency to pull on lead.
Balance Harness – for training Walking Control with pulling dogs.
- Do not use this Balance Harness to tether your dog !
- Do not use this Balance Harness as a restraint in a Car!
- Do Not use this Balance Harness with a lead longer than 2 metres!
- The Balance Harness might break if you use it with any of the above. Have a look at our other products for travelling harnesses.
The Black Dog Balance Harness helps stop your dog pulling on lead – it helps you train your dog to balance correctly on all four feet and not rely on the lead – They learn to walk comfortably without the need to pull.
- Gently Stops Dogs Pulling and allows Effective Training
- Control from the Front and the Back, using a Double Ended Lead
– the Extra Large is not available as a Training Pack, but see “Balance Harness Training Packs” for other size Harness/Lead combos
- or Just Connect at the Front, with a normal lead.
- Easy to Fit and adjust – comfortable and strong.
- Restores Balance and allows Effective Lead Training.
A great Walking Harness, and an effective training alternative for dogs with neck issues, or if a head halter is not appropriate.
Measuring for a Balance Harness
We size Balance Harnesses by the Girth Measurement of a dog.
Don’t just try to guess by breed type – there’s lots of variation in sizes of individual dogs, so a Girth Measurement will get the right size harness first time.
Check the picture below to see where the “Girth Measurement” should be taken.
Use a soft tape measure.
Place the tape measure around your dog’s body, just behind the front legs.
Pull it to be a tight, snug fit and read off the measurement.
Now check the chart below, to select the correct size.
|Balance Harness||Min (cm)||Max (cm)|
|Mini||40 (cm)||50 (cm)|
|Small||47 (cm)||63 (cm)|
|Medium||55 (cm)||72 (cm)|
|Large||66 (cm)||95 (cm)|
|Extra Large||90 (cm)||127 (cm)|
Using the Balance Harness
You will get best results if you use a Double Ended Lead, but you can also work with a normal lead. Some people find a Double Ended Lead too cumbersome, but it is easy once you get the hang of it, it is sort of like the reins on a horse.
Dogs can pull harder than we can so don’t let yourself get into a “tug of war” game, you’ll have better results if you use a pulsating action on the lead – pull, release, pull, release, etc.- rather than just trying to pull harder or keep steady pressure to hold your dog back – this just makes things worse.
When we keep steady pressure on the Lead, it is easy for a dog to pull against it by leaning forward, so you’ll need to practice “pulsating the lead” with the pull, release, pull, release action. This makes it uncomfortable for the dog to pull against the lead, it is likely to stop and look at you to work out what is going on – when it stops and looks at you, immediately stop pulsating the lead – for the dog the uncomfortable thing stops and so he/she has just been rewarded for not being on a tight lead.
The Balance Harness with a Double Ended Lead.
Attach the lead to the Front D Ring and the other end to the Back D Ring.
Think of the Back Connection as your Brake and the Front as Steering.
When your dog pulls, stop walking and at the same time start pulsating the lead to the back of the Balance Harness (the Brake). Do this with a slight upward lifting to get better results.
Continue pulsating until your dog stops pulling, when it does, immediately stop pulsating and loosen the lead – then change to lightly pulsate the Front lead until your dog turns back to you, or looks back to you.
Praise lavishly when he turns back to you.
This is called “Shaping” – you are training a series of actions – in this case a Stop and then a Turn. When it is done consistently your dog will learn to stop and turn whenever it feels pulsating pressure on the lead. By stopping and turning towards you your dog has re-balanced itself on all 4 feet and when it is balanced it is not pulling.
The Balance Harness with a Normal Lead.
Attach the lead to the Front D Ring on the Balance Harness.
When your dog pulls, stop walking and at the same time start to pulsate the lead to the front of the harness to get your dog to turn towards you.
Immediately loosen the lead as your dog stops pulling, and praise lavishly.
Be Consistent to Lock in your Training
Repeat these Training techniques whenever your dog pulls on lead.
The Balance Harness makes training easy, but you must be consistent.
Remember to praise your dog when it is walking well.
Check the fitting regularly – particularly during the first few days/weeks of wearing, adjust to keep a good snug fit.
The Balance Harness is designed as a Walking Trainer, and is not intended for other use – Do not use as a Car Harness.
Full Fitting and Use Instructions come packaged with each Balance Harness.