We size Balance Harnesses by the Girth Measurement of a dog. We also have the Chest measurement available to double-check this too.
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. The Chart shows both measurements to help you get the right fit.
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.
How do I use the Balance Harness? - 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 break this feed-back training and helps train your dog to balance on all fours when on the lead.
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 presure 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.
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.
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.
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.
Is excellent for dogs that pullBy: Donna on 26 July 2023I run my own dog walking / training business and this is my go to harness for managing dogs that pull - by attachment the lead to the ring on the chest it quickly arrests any pulling. And then using positive reinforcement to train loose lead walking I can then move the lead attachment from the chest to the back ring giving the dogs more freedom.
Best thing everBy: Tina on 16 May 2023I rarely rave about a product, i have trying to get Pudding to stop pulling on her Leash for as long as i have been walking her and trust me i have tried all the tricks, changing directions - spent money on various collars,harnessess etc, trainers.. and the only thing i have found that actually works is the balancing Harness it is a freaking game changer.. I did try the brand Sporn and that worked well until it fell apart after a few walks, so took it back to PetBarn.
FantasticBy: Claire Tomasevic on 22 February 2023Fantastic product. My Rottweiler no longer pulls on the leash when I take her for walks.
Great harness!By: Sam on 11 December 2022I got this harness from the rspca when I adopted my doggo. I’ve since bought 2 others (different brands) as I didn’t love the colours of the Balance Harness and just wanted a plain black one - but I continue to use the Balance Harness despite the other purchases. It’s the best no pull and no choke one there is. BDW- We can custom make an all black harness, please contact us as we make and manufacture here in Australia :)
Helped AlotBy: Olivia on 16 May 2022I was recommended this Harness by one of the lovely staff members from Blackdog as my dog was pulling a lot. They gave great advice on how to walk with this harness and how I could team it up with the halter I already owned. The pulling is improving and walking is much more enjoyable!