For our pet, the experiences associated with their first harness can be decisive, so you should pay close attention when buying your first dog harness. The ultra-light and soft IDC®Powair is ideal for dogs that are new to the urban environment, but it is also perfect for warmer days.
Julius-K9® offers a harness for all types of situations. Whether it’s urban or waterfront walks, longer hikes, mantrailing, or rehabilitation, always give your pet a harness designed for the task.
The IDC®Powair is a great choice for urban dogs who have never worn a harness before. Thanks to its special 3D mesh material, this product is extremely light, making it ideal for small dogs or puppies. The extremely soft material of the harness helps with getting them accustomed to their new accessory.
The IDC®Powair’s material is not only super light, but also very breathable. This makes it an excellent choice even in warm summer weather. In addition, there is a lightweight waterproof padding inside that retains moisture when the harness comes in contact with water, meaning the IDC®Powair can also be used as a cooling harness. However, when removed from the dog, it dries very quickly. The high quality of the harness’ lining is guaranteed by the OEKO-TEX® certification.
Safety under all circumstances
The IDC®Powair is similar in form and other features to the classic Powerharness but lags behind in its robustness. The wide chest straps of both harnesses are parallel to the hand-held leash, allowing them to absorb and dissipate the forces of walking as efficiently as possible. For maximum comfort, the harness can be fitted with a separate pressure distribution chest pad, making it even easier to hold back or stop your dog. With the strong handle of the harness, the dog can be stopped immediately at any time and can also be helped to get out of the car or on to stairs. With its cheerful colours, the IDC®Powair evokes a strong summer atmosphere and, as is typical of Julius-K9® harnesses, can be made unique with hook and loop fastened custom patches in one go. A leash of the same colour and material is also available for the harnesses.
How to get your dog accustomed to wearing a harness
Veterinarians suggest that it is not advisable to take your puppy to the streets until they are fully vaccinated, so it is a good idea to take the time to get them accustomed to the harness at this stage. For more cautious puppies, it’s better not to get them used to their gear and the street environment at the same time. You may be able to put the harness on them for the first time without it bothering them, however they could also resist putting their head through it or could even begin chewing on it.
When you first give your puppy a harness, prepare with a lot of snacks. Sit down next to them on the floor and lure them into the harness with a snack. In the meantime, give them a lot of praise and make them feel how proud you are. If they seem unsure, do not force the harness on them under any circumstances, take a break and try again later. Maybe ask for some help from a family member or acquaintance your dog already knows: hold the dog until you put the harness on, while rewarding them with extra delicious bites. A puppy may even be sensitive to the sound of the buckle closing. That is why you’ll need encouragement and lots of snacks.
The proper adjustment of the harness should never be done while it’s actually on the dog, but rather by removing the harness, readjusting the length and then putting it back to the dog, possibly even with taking breaks in between.
If you have already managed to successfully put the harness on, make sure your pet associates it with many pleasant experiences! Play with them, give them snacks, but it’s also a good idea to give them breakfast, lunch, or dinner while wearing the harness. If they’re big enough to go out on the street, there’s a good chance the walk alone will be enough of a positive experience for them to fall in love with it. If they lie down or rub the harness against something, distract them with a toy, play ball or run around together. For safety’s sake, make sure the harness is not too tight and it isn’t the reason your dog’s trying to get rid of it.
If your puppy often chews on the harness, distraction is the best strategy. If the harness or buckle is damaged by the chewing, do not continue to use it.
Young dogs reach their expected final height roughly by the age of 8-10 months, and after that they tend to get stronger. If you have a dog that’s still growing, check the harness settings regularly and adjust if necessary. And if your pet is already in the next size range, it’s time to get a bigger harness!
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