Yet another new harness for Pixie arrived today >__<
I was sick of the nervous dog harness…the bands are tough, it looks like an uncomfortable fit due to the too-short belly band, and it’s not very nice to put on. This meant we were back to using either the too-small CosyDogs harness or the too-warm jacket harness!
Then I remembered the review that Bonnie’s wonderful owner did about a Red Dingo harness.
Although I didn’t know the company by name, I recognised their harnesses immediately – I’m very familiar with their style and the bone shaped clips, and was aware that they came in dozens and dozens of colours…so I was pleased to hear that Bonnie’s owner liked them. A reliable recommendation, especially as Bonnie is a tough fit for harnesses too 😀
We looked through all the designs yesterday and I picked out a few favourites, then we scanned amazon Prime for prices and delivery.
One of our favourites cost just £12 with next day delivery 🙂
The harness is adjustable in three different places, which means it’s great for oddly-shaped dogs. You can adjust the neck hole, the girth, AND the band that runs between the front legs (which is what has caused issues with almost every other harness for Pixie!).
Here you can see the difference in length that was needed between the nervous harness – it fit fine around her head and girth, but the band between the legs was waaay too short!
And here’s the nervous harness next to the CosyDogs harness, you can see that’s actually even shorter, although the larger neck hole makes up for a little of the lost length.
And now the Red Dingo harness!
This was easy to fit, although did take a few attempts to get the perfect fit. I tend to leave a little too much leeway in the girth, so when attached to the lead the harness was slipping around a little – this was my fault and not the harnesses’ 😉
We bought the size classed as XS on amazon, and I was scared it wasn’t going to fit as Pixie is at the higher end and several places have told me these harnesses run a little small – Bonnie’s owner even measured her harness to compare to the size given by the company, and it was several cm off in every direction!
Thankfully the harness does indeed fit Pixie, with enough room to spare 🙂
This harness has a front and rear D clip, and the front is great for attaching tags to! Pixie is a lot better with jangling tag noises now, but even so some harnesses freak her out with the tinkling. She has no issues with this one at all 🙂
Another thing that concerned me was the width of this harnesses’ straps, at just 15mm.
I prefer my dogs wearing big chunky harnesses, partly because I imagine they are comfier and partly for aesthetics. It’s one of the things I love about the CosyDogs harness.
Despite the slender straps, once on the Red Dingo harness does not look odd at all and, as Pixie so rarely pulls, I have no worries about comfort. I should note that the larger sizes of harness do have thicker straps.
The next thing to address is something I know a lot of dog owners struggle with: a harness sitting too close behind their dogs’ front legs!
I am pleased to announce that this harness sits a good distance away from Pixie’s armpits, especially when she is standing or walking. The adjustable band between the front legs definitely helps here 😉
- Very affordable harness
- Easy to put on and take off
- Adjustable in three separate places including the band between the front legs, which is especially useful for longer bodied dogs
- Doesn’t sit uncomfortably close to the front legs
- Harnesses come in dozens and dozens of colour varieties
- Bone clips are super adorable
- Front and rear D clip
- Seems to be lots of overlap between sizes which hardly ever happens!
- Has quite narrow straps
- Although the harness feels soft, it is not fleece lined or padded, so if your dog is a puller you might worry about chafing
- Does slip about slightly on the dogs’ body, even when tight
A few more pics of it in action!
In conclusion we rate this harness:
3.5 out of 4 paws!