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Harnesses - Carting ($60) , Freight Weight ($60) , or Weight Pull .   Fitting and Measuring info     

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Choose from Super Plush, Polor Fleece Padding, or Neoprene.  Harnesses available in the following colors.


Carting Harness - $60 + shipping

This harness, developed by Consie and Roger Powell, is for use primarily with a wagon, cart or travois, but can also be used with a sled or toboggan. This harness features the same neck design as our sledding harnesses to allow the dog free movement. The extremely adjustable forward cinch has loops for shafts. The rear cinch (use optional) helps hold the D-rings and side straps in place as well as keeping the harness in place when the cart pushes up against it.  Both cinches fasten with Delrin side release snaps. Adjustable traces are included.  Side release snaps on shaft loops to allow dog to be quickly disconnected from cart.

Single Trees customized to your dog's size - $15 + shipping.  

Double Trees customized to your specs - $40 + shipping. 

Single Tree

Freight Weight Harness - $60 + shipping

This traditional singletree harness is used for weight pulling, sledding, and heavy-duty hauling. Frequently it is used in wheel position (near the sled) because the low-draft hitch is more level with the gangline. The harness comes with a hardwood spreader kit, which you cut to the exact width of your dog. The spreader bar should be touching the rear of the dog when the harness is in a relaxed position. Put the screws provided through the fabric and into the pre-drilled spreader bar. The height of the hitch is adjustable, so the load is always held in place for maximum pull. The hitch ring uses limited side slip to compensate for off-center loads, and the backstraps feature the same "sliding X" as the X-back harness.  Includes cinch and belly band not shown.  Mouse is wearing his freight/weight harness in the following color pictures.



Weight Pull Harnesses - We get all our weight pull harnesses from WorkingK9, previously Alaskan Dream.  We LOVE them, and we highly recommend them. 

With Foam Padding

Without Foam Padding

Neck Design

The padded neck fits snugly around the dogs shoulders, distributing the force evenly. The basic design is hundreds of years old, but improved by modern materials. Harness neck size must fit correctly. Too large, and the harness will slip, rub, or interfere with movement; too small, and it will cut ,bruise, or choke.  Harness padding does two things; it keeps the webbing from cutting or chafing your dog, and it provides some cushion to prevent bruising.
  • TYPE N: Super Plush-synthetic pile is furry nap with woven backing, good cushion, wears well, doesn't pill, machine washable.
  • TYPE F: Polar Fleece - quick-drying Dacron polyester synthetic, good insulator because it holds a lot of air, doesn't absorb water. Machine washable.
  • TYPE P: Neoprene-closed-cell foam, with nylon sheathing, virtually indestructible padding that provides extra cushion for heavy pulling. Doesn't absorb water, resists freezing to approx. -30. Machine washable.

Measuring Dogs

Measuring a dog

Neck - Measure from just ahead of the withers at the base of the neck to the top of the breastbone, then double this measurement. Work the tape under the fur, and pull it snug. Measure the dog, not the fur! Measure only one side of the dog then double the measurement. Wrapping the tape measure all the way around the neck may distort the measurement. I usually measure both sides several times so I get an accurate measure.   It is easier to measure while the dog is standing and facing fwd.  Turning the head and make the measurement go off depending on which side of the head he/she is turning.  Also, it should be snug, not tight and not loose. 

Neck fit is critical. When properly fitted, you should be able to put one finger in the "Y" below the neck and hold the harness on the breastbone. At the same time put a finger in the "Y" at the top of the neck, that finger should be where the neck joins the withers. If in doubt about fit email us.

Rib - Start tape at top of breastbone, pass between front legs, then straight back to last rib.

Rear  - Start tape at top of breastbone, pass between front legs, then to back of thigh (where the spreader bar goes).

*Training and working your dog in any activity carries inherent risk.  Roman Reign is not liable for injuries that may occur while using RR equipment.  It is the responsibility of the handler to ensure the safety of his/her dog at all times, and to practice safe working techniques.  Roman Reign is always available for training consultations or safety guidelines.