Truelove / True Love No Pull Dog Harness
The Truelove no pull dog harnesses are designed for dogs that pull on the lead (for example, Spaniels and other enthusiastic/inquisitive dogs, but has also been voted as one of the best general harnesses for dogs that don't pull! These true love dog harnesses are designed in such a way that it can be used as a standard harness and as a no pull dog harness. What differentiates their main application is all in the location of the two lead attachment points - and how you use them.
What do the lead attachment points do?
The top clip (in the middle of the dog's shoulders)
The top lead attachment point can be used by owners with dogs that DO and DON'T pull. But if the top attachment point is used in isolation it is usually the preferred choice of owners that have dogs that DO NOT pull excessively - this is the most common location for most standard harness clips. By attaching a lead to this top clip you are applying a brake if the dog pulls your forward. In many cases, customers have experienced less pulling even when they use this clip only.
Dog owners in this group will also buy the harness because it is reflective, comfortable and padded, or is a nice upgrade to their existing harness. Customers will also have the option of buying a matching standard lead here and then attaching it to the top clip.
A combination of the top AND front lead attachment points are normally used by owners with dogs that DO pull. Using both together will offer a braking (from the top clip) and steering motion when you walk the dog and it is the subtle steering motion (originating from the front clip) that turns this harness into a no pull dog harness.
Please see the video below to see how it works and how a lead can be attached to the harness.
So how does the 'no pull' action work?
If your dog does pull, these dog harnesses are designed to help stop your dog pulling with a combination of a well thought out design and two well positioned lead clips.
The 'no pull' will usually come from the steering force generated from the front clip, although we have already mentioned that many owners see much less pulling even if they use the top clip only. However, if a double ended lead (or two separate leads) is attached to the top and front clips they apply simultaneous braking from the top clip and a subtle steering action from the front clip.
If your dog pulls forward very quickly or too aggressively the dog will automatically be steered to the side in a very subtle way. This is because the lead end attached to the front clip will become tight.
A customer kindly sent in this image of their dog 'Ella' wearing a pink harness with a matching double ended lead. You'll see how one end is attached to the top clip and the other end is attached to the front clip.
Over time, this should tell your dog that if it pulls too quickly or too hard it will get thrown off slightly to one side. This subtle action will not hurt your dog or spoil the walk in any way. In fact, less pulling will benefit both dog and owner!
Colours and reflective strips
The True Love dog harnesses are available in black, green, orange, red and the brand new colours of pink and blue. Please select the colour of your choice from the drop down options and also see the Sizes tab to choose the best harness for your dog.
Each harness is fitted with reflective strips on the main body and straps, so your dog can be seen easily when car headlights or street lights are directed towards it.
The double ended leads
Remember, we also have matching double ended leads for owners that want to attach a clip to both a front and top clip and you can find them on this page
You are better to choose a lead that matches the size of your harness. This is because the larger leads are slightly wider than the smaller leads and a large lead does not look quite right on a small harness.
So if you buy a xs or small harness, it is better to buy a small lead to match it. If you order a medium harness, you can also purchase a medium double ended lead. And as you have probably guessed a large lead would look better on a large or x large harness.
The only difference in the lead sizes is in the width. All leads are 1.75 metres long, which is a standard length and the widths are: Small = 1.5 cm, medium = 2.0 cm and large = 2.5 cm.
For more information about our double ended leads please click here.
"We wanted a padded harness with some reflective materials. We use a double ended lead and attach one to the top and one to the front. The pulling has pretty much gone. Very good product." Mrs Peters, Birmingham, UK
How are they made and will they last?
The great design and quality manufacturing means that the pulling forces are equally distributed on these dog harnesses and there are also strong elastic materials built-in where two straps meet the main body of the harness - this moves just enough to help cushion the pulling forces.
This slight expansion mechanism is also useful after very active sessions with your dog as the harness can expand slightly during heavy breathing and movement of your dogs rib cage. The harness is also designed in such a way that it becomes almost impossible for a dog to back out of it. Don't be afraid to make the harness strap quite tight around the belly - as long as you can insert a finger under the strap on both sides and feel a good pinch, it should be comfortable for your dog.
When we demonstrate these harnesses to people at dog shows many of them will comment on the fact that they do not feel the same harsh jarring of bones and muscles that they experience with other harnesses or when they use a standard collar and lead. Over time this can substantially reduce tiredness or any aches and pains the owner experiences when walking their dog.
We can also report that in the time we have been selling the Truelove no pull harnesses, we have not had one single return due to product quality or weak/inferior fastenings, straps etc.
They are certainly built to last.
What is a no pull dog harness?
The classification for a no pull harness is quite broad. There are several types designed to reduce or eliminate pulling. These consist of harnesses that fit around the nose and chest or those that fit around the chest and belly. Both use the same principle of applying braking and steering forces to throw your dog off from pulling forwards.
Why Does My Dog Pull?
There are usually two main reasons for this. Firstly, there are so many wonderful smells outside and your dog just can't wait to get amongst them. Secondly, a dogs natural reaction to being pulled back is to try and create some sort of equilibrium.
This means that they want to create an opposite force to you pulling back on the lead and this means they pull too!
So why does a harness + double ended lead make such a difference?
When a lead is attached to the top ring on a harness, that is your brake. This is the way most people attach leads to harnesses and if your dog does not pull then this way is just fine.
However, if your dog pulls a lot, then an additional front fastening on a harness will be used to create a small sideways force. Your dog feels a little uneasy about moving sideways so it soon learns that as it pulls hard, it is going to be pulled gently to the side. You can reinforce this sideways pull by saying something like "nicely" but only do this when your dog slows and is not pulling. We'd also recommend that you use a word that is not used regularly and means something else. For example, you may already use "back" or "stop"as keywords.
You could repeat these words again and again during walks so your dog understands that these words are said when it behaves and walks nicely. You can then give your dog a treat as it walks "nicely" and then reinforce the good behaviour with a nice treat.
Of course, it is up to you how you want to use the harness and lead but we have found that a combination of these products and the methods listed here work extremely well in the vast majority of cases.
So can this just be used as a normal harness?
Yes. We sell a lot of harnesses to customers who just want to use it as a standard harness and to attach a lead to the top fixing only.
The harnesses are heavy duty, well made and fit the dogs chest and torso very well so they are comfortable for the owner and hopefully the dog too! We get a lot of people who buy the dog harnesses even if their dogs don't pull.
We ask customers for feedback when we are at shows and events and they seem to be impressed with the quality of the product and also how well it fits their dog. Some harnesses on the market can cut into the dogs body or can be too high around the dogs neck.
There are also some harnesses that fit so badly that the dog can wriggle out of them. Our harnesses are well proportioned, have elastic shock absorbers and fit low around the dogs chest. They are a very popular choice.
What are the dog harnesses made from?
These no pull dog harnesses are padded, reflective dog harnesses, which are light but made from very strong, durable nylon oxford fabric with a patented 3M scotchlite reflective material.
They are therefore designed to show up in car headlights and under street lights, helping you and your dog to be seen on those darker nights. They are reflective dog harnesses of the highest quality.
The inside is made from a breathable mesh fabric lining and the harness is padded for extra comfort. The harness is well weighted and proportioned which ensures easy walking and control at all times. It also has reinforced elastic tension points to cushion pressure and forward, back and side pulling forces.
What type of adjustment points does it have?
This style of harness has four main adjustment points. This means that you have two to resize the neck area and two to resize the belly/chest area. This means that you can adjust each strap through a buckle on the left and right parts of the neck and belly area. This ensures a good fit all round.
What type of lead/leash fastenings does it have?
The easy walk dog harnesses have two metal attachment points. The first is a strong zinc alloy D ring for fastening a lead to the most popular area close to the handle shown below. This is located in the centre and the top of the dog's shoulders.
The second O-ring attachment is located on the dog's chest for attaching a lead at the front. This attachment allows for a lead to gently steer the dog from left to right and this means that any aggressive forward pulling is vastly reduced or completely stopped - both options make it a great choice as a traditional harness or a no pull dog harness.
You can choose to use one or both fastenings to suit your needs and situation.
Can the handle be used to make it a car dog harness?
Yes. The handle can have many uses and can come in useful if you also want to use it as a dog car harness and thus provides extra security in the car. Just thread the car seat belt through the handle for extra piece of mind.
The handle is also handy if you find yourself in a confrontational situation with another dog and need to pull your dog away from any potential threat. It can also be used to aid climbing if you climb hills or mountains with your dog and is great if you go swimming or boating with your dog or get involved in hydrotherapy, as you can use it to pull the dog out of the water easily.
Where are the items shipped from and how long will they take to get to me?
All of our heavy duty padded dog harnesses are stored and shipped from the UK. All UK deliveries should take 2-3 days but please allow up to 4 working days during busy periods. If you reside outside of the UK, your dog harness should be with you within 5-9 working days.
How do I ensure that I get the correct size?
Just measure your dog around the girth of the chest. This is the circumference around the widest part of the chest and just behind the front legs. Please see the illustration of the dog in the Sizes tab above. You can then watch the video on this page for more information.
There is quite a bit of room for adjustments for the neck and chest straps on all harnesses and this is to ensure a good fit. Just choose a harness that falls within one of the chest sizes in the table above and then select it from the drop down menu.
|Size||To fit chest in cm and inches|
|xs||33-45 cm / 13-17 nches|
|small||43-56 cm / 17-22 inches|
|medium||56-69 cm / 22-27 inches|
|large||69-81 cm / 27-32 inches|
|x large||81-107 cm / 32-42 inches|