Study of the British Veterinary Association overrules the effects of different types of dog harnesses on dogs’ shoulder movements.
The aim of this study was to compare the effects of dog harnesses considered “restrictive” and “non-restrictive” on dog movement during walking and trotting on a treadmill.
The study finds that all dog harness types restrict the dog’s freedom of movement to some degree. What came as a surprise to the researchers, however, was that dog harnesses considered restrictive by some (chest harnesses), restricted the movement of a dog’s shoulder much less than expected compared to the harnesses that were considered non-restrictive (Y-shaped harnesses). That is, “while the allegedly non-restrictive harness restricted shoulder movement by 4.73 ° during walking and 9.31 ° during trotting, the restraining harness restricted by 2.16 ° during walking and 4.32 ° while trotting. “ The researchers point out that this result was unexpected, as it was hypothesized that the so-called restrictive harnesses were the ones that restricted the free movement of the dog’s shoulder to a greater extent: the result of the experiment, as they write, contrasts with negative opinion, so it would be important to revise opinions on these so called restrictive chest harnesses.
The research team examined the results of nine dogs and acknowledges that tests on the treadmill need to be done more thoroughly with more prepared dogs. They also suggest that the movement of the dog’s fur should also be considered when examining the restrictive role.