A dynamic walk can not only help prevent obesity but also does much to promote health in general. As in everything, a dog can be an excellent partner in this. A survey by JULIUS-K9®, a company manufacturing dog equipment, revealed that older dog owners often give up, or at least shorten the period of, dog walking due to bone, joint and muscle pain. In such cases the dogs often adapt to the more comfortable lifestyle, but continue to demand their usual portion of food out of boredom. This may result in both dog and owner becoming overweight. Well, the manufacturing company holding a prominent place in the market of dog walking harnesses took a close look at this problem.
When using collars and dog harnesses, there is a danger that, while walking a dog on a leash, the steps, the dog’s shoulder movements and the repeated movement of the person holding the leash can cause microvibrations, which put strain on the person’s joints and may make the healing of injuries harder. These effects are collectively known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).
Diseases that can be connected with vibration damage to the human hand and arm (Raynaud’s syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, etc.) provided the basis for the thorough examination of the similar strain affecting the body of both the dog and the person while walking the dog on a leash. Measuring instruments specially devised for this purpose have shown that each minute dozens of these impacts playing a role in the development of the aforementioned diseases may affect the body of the person holding the leash. It has also been established how this harmful effect may be reduced by using a specially designed dog harness.
The inventor holding the most patents on dog harnesses in the world is the company director, Julius Sebő, himself. For over 20 years he has researched the opportunities primarily concealed in dog harnesses. His specialised activities have been typified by a series of innovative solutions in all areas ranging from bullet-proof special military harnesses, and carrying and abseiling harnesses to walking devices that have appeared in almost all the countries around the world.
Julius Sebő explained: “It is especially fortunate if someone as a dog harness developer can also come into contact with search and rescue dog handlers, who are at the peak of the profession, or with a broad section of ordinary or future dog owners thanks to voluntary work at animal shelters. The feedback of the dog handlers at the Mantrailing Academy in Budapest as well as the observations of many children and elderly persons walking dogs at the Ebárvaház Dog Home provided the basis for my first dog harness patent in 2014, whose special shape offers a solution to reducing the forces affecting the body of the human and the dog while walking. It was important to receive feedback about dogs or specialist areas where pulling on the leash is typical. From this point of view dog shelters and search dogs proved to be excellent. It is not by chance that for tracking missing persons with the help of dogs I chose to further develop the modern version of the Y harness adapted for dogs (also known as the Kummet harness for draught animals). With this type of harness, the rhythmic stretching and relaxing of the two shoulder straps lying in the neck area, dependent on the speed of walking, is very noticeable. This may cause the search dog to temporarily lose concentration but also it does not do any good to the hand holding the leash.”
The first dog harness development that cushions jolts and reduces pull to enter the market was primarily made not for ordinary dog walking but for dog sports and dog search activities.
The prototypes of the harnesses designed based on the instructions of the Mantrailing Academy in Budapest and perfected taking account of the feedback of dog shelter walkers are currently being tested by the staff of the inventor’s German search dog partner company, K-9 Suchhundezentrum.
The employees of the association led by Alexandra Grunow are helping to make the development take shape also for people who walk dogs as a pastime.
In 2018 you are sure to find smart dog harnesses that adapt to stresses and movement under the brand name JULIUS-K9® – just one more reason for going on long walks with your dog.