New Product Information
The Howling Dog
Wheel Dog Harness
Press release provided by Ivana Nolke, September 29, 2004
We did it again! Howling Dog Alaska, the biggest innovator in dog mushing equipment design, has designed yet another new harness!
The idea of designing this harness came to us last winter, when we saw a couple of large dogs running in wheel position in the front of a sled with very low gang line attachment. If you have a tall wheel dog wearing an X-back harness, the end of the harness and the tug line will naturally pull down on the dogs rear end. The harness will also twist to one side more than on any of the other team dogs, often resulting in under arm rub. This is due to the low point of attachment of the harness to the gangline. Pressure on the rear end will make the dog uncomfortable, and can result in injuries. Wheel dogs are more likely to get injured than other dogs on a team. Wheel position is in the eyes of many mushers the toughest position for a dog.
Thats where our harness comes in to play! Our Wheel Dog Harness is basically a re-designed X-back harness. It is slightly longer than your regular harness. It rides lower on the dogs lower back, thus reducing the pressure on a dogs hips. Relieving pressure on a dogs back will also make the dog run straighter. Special attachment points on the sides of the harness (rings) make the back end of the harness flexible (it can move up and down depending on the dogs movement). This harness features full-length padding (soft foam material covered in a rip-stop shell) and a specially designed breast plate.
The Wheel Dog Harness can be used on any dog in the team, it is not restricted to use on wheel dogs. This harness might also be a harness for skijorers and bikejorers, who still prefer to use an X-back harness on their dog (instead of our Guard Harness). With a higher point of attachment of the line (the skijorers waist), the back part of the harness will lift up leaving the front of the harness in place. The Wheel Dog Harness is also an excellent harness for tire training.
The Wheel Dog Harness has been designed by Howling Dog Alaska, and is used and highly recommended by Dr. Arleigh Reynolds, DVM (a top open class musher, Open North American Championship and Fur Rondy World Championship veteran).
More harness info at http://howlingdogalaska.com/
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