This short blog is devoted to the features of one the most popular harnesses we sell at K9 Trail Time – the Zero DC Faster harness, otherwise known as the Euro Long, http://www.k9trailtime.com/shop/euro-long-zero-dc-faster-sports-harness.html
It is manufactured in the Czech Republic by people who also compete with their dog teams in a variety of winter and summer dog sports and therefore understand the needs of a performance sports dog harness.
The harnesses are made from water repellent, quick drying material with integrated hi-viz reflector strips on all sides for safety in low light conditions and if set-up correctly, the line angle for canicross, bikejor, skijoring, dry land mushing, sledding and scootering does not matter as with other harnesses, as it designed to work effectively with any line height.
The design of the Euro Long is unique and also protected by an International patent to ensure the design stays true to it’s original form. The harness distributes all pulling force evenly around the ‘yoke’ which sits around the neck of the dog, on the shoulders, but does not rise into the throat area and actually directs the force away from the neck, underneath the dog and along the side straps.
The wide side straps of the harness lie alongside the dogs’ body providing lateral support, preventing the harness from twisting or slipping but without restricting lung capacity when pulled tight. The open back design of the Euro Long does not inhibit the dogs’ spine movement and in our opinion works particularly well in dogs who ‘bound’ along when they run. The harness is designed to suit hound type dogs but works equally well with other sled dog breeds and with almost any dog breed, as it can be custom made if a size cannot be selected from the standard sizes. We recommend this harness for strong pulling dogs as it works best when the dog keeps a constant tension on the line.