A dog’s jumping is a sign of their enthusiasm and excitement. But what if they jump on you or your guests? A no jump harness can help with that! This blog post will tell you about the benefits of using a no jump harness for dogs, how it works, and some tips for getting the most out of it.
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What Is a Jump Harness for Dogs?
A jump harness for a dog is a special harness that helps prevent jumping. It’s best suited for dogs that have a tendency to jump on people or on counters. A harness doesn’t completely stop jumping, however. It merely makes jumping uncomfortable for them.
The best solution is to use the jumping harness as a way to train the behavior out of them.
Do Jump Harnesses Work?
Jump harnesses work by restricting the movement of a dog’s rear legs. As the dog attempts to jump, the harness tightens the straps around its chest. This makes lifting up off of the ground difficult, but not impossible.
Due to the way that the straps are wrapped around their back legs, some dogs may find running difficult, too. It’s possible to run, but it isn’t easy for them. You may need to switch between harnesses if you plan on taking your dog for a hike or letting them run around the park.
Because dogs can still jump in a jump harness, they don’t completely work. Instead, they’re better as a tool to help discourage jumping. You can use the harness to control your dog and teach them better behavior.
Dogs jump to greet other people because it’s a behavioral trait for them. According to The Humane Society, dogs greet one another by sniffing each other’s noses or looking at each other’s noses. They can’t easily do that with a person who is taller than them.
To greet them, the dog needs to get on their level. The only way to do that is by jumping up to meet them. For larger dogs, this can be scary for a person who isn’t expecting it. It can even be dangerous if the recipient is a child or a senior.
A jump harness can help you control your dog and keep them from jumping up on a person. It allows you to steer them away or hold them back. Once you train your dog not to jump, the jump harness just becomes a way to warn or remind them not to jump up on the person.
What Size Jump Harness Should I Get My Dog?
To ensure your jump harness works properly, you need a harness that fits your dog. You can measure your dog for your harness by taking measurements of their chest and neck.
To measure their chest, you’ll need to start at their rib cage. Use a cloth measuring tape to measure up from the bottom of their rib cage to their rib cage on the other side of their body. The tape should go over their back.
This measurement will tell you how tall of a harness you need.
The next measurement is around their neck. You don’t want to measure where collars usually rest. That’s the smallest part of their neck. Instead, you need to measure around their shoulders. This measurement will determine how long the collar should be.
Finally, you also need to consider their weight. Some jump harnesses are built specifically for certain weights. Too small of weight may allow the dog to simply slip out of the harness. Too large of weight may make the harness too tight or may not be durable enough.
You can weigh your dog by placing them on a scale. Because most harness companies sell their harnesses based on weight, you’ll want to recall this number later.
How Do You Put on a Jump Dog Harness?
Here are a few steps you can follow to correctly put a jump dog harness on your dog.
Step 1: Put the Collar Over Their Head
Taking the body harness, you need to first locate the collar. Place it around your dog’s neck and let it rest against their chest. You’ll want to test how tight the collar is by sticking two of your fingers beneath the collar.
If you’re able to fit both fingers beneath it without choking your dog or having to force your fingers in the space, then it’s at the perfect tightness. If there’s a lot of wiggle room, then you may need to tighten the collar. If you’re unable to get your fingers below the collar, then it’s too tight.
Step 2: Wrap the Harness Around Their Front Legs
Taking the rest of the body harness, you need to wrap it around their front legs. It should come with a clip that you click together to keep the harness around their legs. When you’re finished, the harness should rest just behind their front legs and up against their stomach.
Step 3: Attach O-Ring to Body Harness
To attach the jump harness to the body harness, you need to briefly unclip the body harness that’s behind their front legs. Place the O-ring through one of the straps, then clip the body harness back together.
Step 4: Attach Jump Harness to O-Ring
Your jump harness attachment can now be attached to the O-Ring. Pass the strap through the harness and wrap it around your dog’s rear legs. Then attach it to the O-Ring on the other side of your dog’s body.
Step 5 (Optional): Attach No-Pull Harness
You can also attach a no-pull harness to your jump harness by switching the straps that go behind the rear legs to the front of the rear legs. Then pass a strap through the O-Ring at the front legs that wrap the harness around the front of your dog’s body, across their chest.
This setup will prevent your dog from jumping and pulling on the leash.
What Is a Thunder Leash and Does it Prevent Jumping?
The ThunderLeash is a special leash that can be used as a normal leash and as a no-pull leash. It converts into a no-pull leash by wrapping around itself and attaching to a sturdy O-Ring.
It can prevent jumping because it helps the owner control the dog. As with any jump harness, proper training is required to completely stop jumping and pulling.
Do No-pull Dog Harnesses Prevent Jumping?
No-Pull dog harnesses are designed to keep a dog from pulling on the leash. They make it so the dog is unable to pull comfortably. This can also help prevent jumping. A dog is unable to jump easily when the straps keep them from being able to use their legs at maximum power and force.
However, they don’t work as effectively as actual jump harnesses.