Balance Harness – for Walking Control.
When dogs pull on leash they lean forward, using their weight and strength to pull against the leash, we often reinforce this by pulling back on the leash and inadvertently train the dog to pull even harder.
The Black Dog Balance Harness 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.
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. 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 than your dog (this just makes things worse).
Walking using 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. If your dog pulls, start pulsating (pull, release, pull release, etc) on the Brake (the lead that goes to the Back of the Balance Harness) and stop walking.
When your dog stops pulling, immediately loosen the lead and then lightly pulsate the Front lead until your dog turns back to you. Praise lavishly when he turns back to you.
Walking with a Normal Lead Attach the lead to the Front D Ring on the Balance Harness. If your dog pulls, gently pulsate the lead (pull, release, pull, release etc) to get your dog to turn towards you as you stop walking. 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 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.
Mini Balance Harness – 20mm wide Girth Strap, 12mm wide Chest (front) Strap – adjustable Girth from 37cm to 50cm.
Small Balance Harness – 20mm wide Girth Strap, 20mm wide Chest (front) Strap – adjustable Girth from 47cm to 63cm.
Medium Balance Harness – 25mm wide Girth Strap, 25mm wide Chest (front) Strap – adjustable Girth from 60cm to 83cm.
Large Balance Harness – 25mm wide Girth, 25mm wide front chest webbing – adjustable for girth 80cm to 110cm.
Double Ended Lead – if required Size Regular. Colour matched to Harness, comes standard in BalanceTraining Pack.. Specify alternate Lead colour in Comments Section of Check Out, if required.
Measuring for a Car or Balance Harness
We size our Car Harnesses and Balance Harnesses by the Girth Measurement of a dog. 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 your dog’s Girth Measurement against the sizes given for each Harness, either below, or on the info for each harness.
Do Not use this girth measurement for sizing a Y Front Sport Harness – use the Figure 8 Body Measurement described in the Y-Front Harness information pages.
Minimum (cm) Maximum (cm)
Balance Harness – Mini 37 (cm) 50 (cm)
Balance Harness – Small 47 (cm) 63 (cm)
Balance Harness – Medium 60 (cm) 83 (cm)
Balance Harness – Large 83 (cm) 110 (cm)