Product Feature – The Non-stop Freemotion Harness

Non-stop are a company dedicated to innovation in dog sports gear and have a team of people working for them who are very experienced in the sports they are designing products for. One of their best selling and unique designs is that of the Freemotion harness, designed to be used for everything from canicross to dry land mushing.  I thought I’d write a little feature on this unique harness and it’s pros and cons.

Firstly, there is nothing else like it on the market (except the Non-stop Combined harness) and it has distinctive attributes which set it apart from other dog harnesses on the market. The long back pieces of the harness are padded, reflective and run alongside the dogs’ spine to allow free movement. They are also suspended and not fixed over the shoulders, which means they can move with the dog rather than restrict in any way. The back section of each side strap is elasticated and adjustable to allow your dog expansion room in the harness to breathe. There is also a velcro strap which holds the two sides together near the back of the dog, just before the last ‘tail piece’ of the webbing straps start and undoing this helps with putting on and taking off the harness. The rear webbing straps are also very adjustable to take account of varying lengths of dog and make it very good for long backed breeds.

The spine of the dog is left free by the top straps and the harness can 'breathe' with the dog

The spine of the dog is left free by the top straps and the harness can ‘breathe’ with the dog

As with all dog sports harnesses the neck is fixed and the diamond shape head hole is designed to fit nicely on both slim and broad chested hounds. The Freemotion was made with the hound type dog in mind and like a few of the harnesses being produced in Europe now, caters for dogs of a different shape in addition to the traditional sled dog breeds. With all the thought and experience that has gone into this harness you can see why it is so popular with all the top European competitors who use it.

The only drawback is that like all harnesses, the Freemotion does not always suit all dogs and some people report back that it just doesn’t sit right on their dog. I have found that with the majority of the people who have experienced this, the harness can be adjusted so that it can fit correctly and the fact it is so adjustable means it can sometimes be more difficult to get this right the first time of fitting it.

I have also had feedback from people that the neck is too tight on the harness in their dogs’ recommended size but as I have mentioned in many of my previous articles on harness fit, the neck needs to fit snugly to allow the harness to work properly without sliding up into the throat or down onto the shoulders.

The Freemotion is designed to fit snugly and sleekly on your dog and in many cases where people report it doesn't fit their dog, a few quick adjustments can make a world of difference

The Freemotion is designed to fit snugly and sleekly on your dog and in many cases where people report it doesn’t fit their dog, a few quick adjustments can make a world of difference

In conclusion, the Freemotion harness may not suit all dogs at first glance but it has been carefully crafted by experts to suit a vast range of dog shapes and sizes in a wide variety of pulling dog sports, so it may be worth getting yours correctly fitted to ensure you get the best from your Freemotion harness. For more information and to buy see our website: http://www.k9trailtime.com/shop/non-stop-freemotion-harness.html

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Product Focus – Non-Stop Comfort Belt

This week I decided to write a short blog to focus on one of our products, the Non-Stop Comfort Belt http://www.k9trailtime.com/shop/non-stop-comfort-belt.html

The back pocket of the Comfort belt holds keys, a phone and even space for poo bags!

The back pocket of the Comfort belt holds keys, a phone and even space for poo bags!

This belt from the Norwegian designers at Non-Stop is what I have referred to in previous posts as a ‘nappy belt’, in that it covers the whole of your behind when fitted correctly and looks somewhat similar to a nappy! The advantage of this is that it disperses the pulling force of the dog across a wider area, therefore putting less strain on your back as it keeps the pulling force below your lower back area. The integral leg straps are crucial to this process and stop the belt riding up where the pull could be directed on your lower back.

The leg straps perform the crucial function of preventing the waistbelt rising up into your lower back

The leg straps perform the crucial function of preventing the waistbelt rising up into your lower back

The dog’s line attaches on a metal hook at the front of the belt and at first I wasn’t keen on this design as the hook sticks out in front of you and would (I imagine) be painful to fall on, if like me, you are prone to the occasional faceplant! However, a good friend pointed out that if you cross the leg straps through the hook, it not only pulls the hook in line with your body (therefore stopping the hook pointing out in front of you) but it also nicely secures your line in place for running and gives a quick release option for moments when you might need to detach your dog quickly.

In conclusion, I am now quite a fan of this belt and would recommend it for anyone who needs to keep any pulling force away from their back. The Non-Stop Comfort belt is extremely lightweight, easy to wash and simple in it’s design, perfect for not only racing but every day use too, with the pocket for storage.