I’ve been looking to get Bonnie a new harness for some time now as I wanted to try a front attaching harness to help with some pulling issues while on walks. There was a quite a range of front attaching harness’ but most of them cut across the chest and shoulders which I didn’t like as it would affect her gait and she wouldn’t be able to walk or run as naturally.This is where the Front Range harness is quite unique as it’s a front attaching harness which doesn’t cut across the chest but instead allows free movement around the shoulders.
The harness itself is made out of really sturdy material and I definitely feel paying extra was worth it for the brilliant quality and design. It has four points of adjustment – two on either side of the neck and two on either side of the chest – which makes it really easy to adjust to your dog’s body. There are two buckles for around the chest and the harness goes on over the dogs head instead of the dog stepping into the harness. The chest straps are elasticated at the bottom which makes it more comfortable for the dog and easier to buckle them into it as well. As Bonnie is long haired I really like that the buckles have padding underneath so I’m less likely to catch some of her hair when buckling her up.
The harness also has some pretty cool safety features. It has a label on the inside where you can write the dog’s name and a contact number. It also has a velcro pouch on the top side of the harness where you can attach a tag onto an elasticated band. The velcro is strong enough that it wouldn’t open during normal activities and I’ll definitely be ordering an extra tag to attach onto this just in case of an emergency. Also there is reflective piping on the back and chest which will be great for the dark nights in the winter months.
There are two attachments for leads – one on the chest and one on the back. The back attachment is a really light but sturdy metal ring. The front attachment is reinforced webbing – initially I was a bit worried by how sturdy this would be, as I had only seen this online, but I had nothing to worry about as it’s super tough and rigid and should stand up to daily wear and tear. The only potential issue with the front attachment is that it is quite thick so depending on the clip of your leash it may not fit around it. I use the Hurrta training rope leash(reviewed here) which clips around it but it is a snug fit.
Overall I’m super impressed by the design and quality of the harness and would have no problem recommending it to others. I haven’t had it long enough yet to see if it has made an overall improvement in Bonnie’s walking but even if it doesn’t I’m still happy I purchased this as Bonnie is super comfortable in it and I can see it lasting years of walks and adventures!
Bonnie loves her new harness but I think she might need some practice posing for the camera!