It is very important for all our dogs to have free range of movement and have no restrictions when walking/running, especially for our athletic flyball dogs!
To allow this they need to be fitted in the correct type of harness/collar. In an ideal world, all of our flyball dogs would run ‘naked’ – wearing nothing and being able to use their natural gait. Some dogs are able to run like this but as you can imagine most are very enthusiastic about the sport so we need something to be able to stop them wriggling out of our hands!
A well-fitted harness will fit around the dog’s shoulders, leaving them to move freely and around their chest. These look like a Y when you look at them from the front. A badly fitted harness will look like a T, the straps will sit across the chest and restrict there should moment and can pull on their neck.
Bytes recommend the perfect fit or snuggle pets style harness. (Make sure you check your dog’s measurements thoroughly through their personal websites).
Running your dog in a collar may be a good option too. They will have free range of movement but if they are a strong puller a harness will firstly be recommended as we do not want to put pressure on their trachea.