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Whippet harness - advice sought

Discussion in 'Products' started by RGC, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. RGC

    RGC Active Member Registered

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    As with most sighthounds our whippet’s neck is wider than her head so using a conventional sighthound collar doesn’t work - she can back out of it easily as we found when we went to collect her from the rescue rep. Since then we’ve used a harness. I started her with a Ruffwear harness which is very secure but somewhat bulky. I then tried a Dexil which is slightly lighter but comfortably padded. Both the Ruffwear and the Dexil harnesses are secure. However for warmer weather (I’m a born optimist - albeit disappointed most days) I tried her today in a lighter Doodlebone harness. Unfortunately when I wanted to go forward and she didn’t share my interest the harness was pulled off. Fortunately she allowed me to ‘reharness’ her, something she wouldn’t have done 12 months ago - she would have legged it. Does any sighthound owner use a light but secure harness which they would recommend? Something similar to the Dexil but lighter.
     
  2. Sue Jordan

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    Hi. I have a whippet and we use the ruff wear ones for him they seem to suit him okay no problems so far
     
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    I use ruffwear in the winter on my youngest whippet but in the summer they wear Indi dog harness made for escape artists! I find also the ruffwear to heavy for the warmer weather.
     
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    Ari_RR Well-Known Member Registered

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    What is the purpose of the harness?
    Our hound practically always wears one when out, but mostly for visibility. When on leash in town - so humans can see him; when off leash in the woods - so he doesn't get mistaken for a coyote if he chases a deer, and so I myself can see him (he blends in easily). It's loose fitting, light, bright orange with reflective stripes.
    If this was a harness to which leash is attached - requirements would be different.
    Either way - we can only have a "Y" type harness, any other kinds we have tried did not work.
     
  5. RGC

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    Many thanks, all. Your contributions are appreciated. Will have a look at the Indi.
     

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