Julius – K9 Dog Harness Review

Hudson in K9 Julius Harness

Julius K9 Dog Harnesses are very sturdy and extremely attractive harnesses that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes to fit every breed of dog. They are normally known for their use on medium to large dogs but they are also available for small breeds and even puppy sizes are available.

Julius also produce harnesses with security locks, seat belt adapters, pressure distribution pads and harnesses with front control.

Product: Julius – K9 16IDC P3 + IDC PowerHarness with Security Lock for Dogs, Size 3, Black

Price: £35.88

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

 Price $52.99 on Amazon.com

 

Dimensions: 45 x 24 x 4 cm

 

Special Features: Adjustable, Easy to clean, Durable, Easy to use, Reflective

 

My rating: 9.5 out of 10

Julius – K9 161DC P3 + IDC PowerHarness Overview

Julius – K9 harnesses are great for all breeds at home and also for working dogs. They are used by many Police Forces around the world. With an interchangeable hook system and adjustable chest strap they are sure to fit any breed.

This harness has the added side rings, this had the advantage of securing your dog with a seat belt adaptor

Main Features:

  • Phosphorescent, Interchangeable patches: Hook and loop patches with the Julius – K9 Logo.
  • Water Repellent Cover: Due to it being highly durable, comfortable, secure and water resistant, these harnesses are the choice for security agencies, professional trainers and pet owners alike.
  • Side Bag Attachment Option: 3 and 4 Litre versions are available for the PowerHarness in sizes 0 to 4. A smaller IDC version is also available. With a 250 cm cubed capacity it is ideal for treats, documents and your mobile.
  • Flashlight Holder: Great for search and rescue teams and other security agencies, a high quality flashlight holder has been produced. This can be used for various different sizes of flashlight, and can be used simultaneously with the side bags.
  • Closable Handle: An excellent feature for working and rescue dogs. The new handle fixing option means you can fix only the steel ring, the handle, both of them or neither. This will minimise the chance of your dog getting stuck. Great in dense woodland.
  • Heavy-Duty Buckles: Thoroughly checked and tested in harsh conditions so you have full confidence in the quality of the product.
  • Breathable, Skin Friendly Inner Lining: Manufactured to the highest of International Standards, the OEKO-TEX lining will be comfortable and safe your dog.
  • Reflective Edges and Chest Strap: The reflective materials used are one of the most important functions of the harness. It is imperative that you can see your dog from a distance, if and when you are walking in the dark.

What’s in the Box? 

  • The Harness
  • Product Booklet
  • User manual
  • Product label

Conclusion

The Julius K-9 range of harnesses is a great product that will give your peace of mind whilst out with your loved one. They have a massive choice to choose from. Therefore, think about your walking environment, the size of your dog, and make your choice. Oh, and not forgetting, a great range of colours too.

My Hudson and Nelly both wear these. Just goes to show they suit any dog.

Hudson in K9 Julius
Hudson wearing his K9 Julius Harness
Nelly in her K9 Harness
Nelly in her Julius K9 Harness

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any comments or feedback please feel free to drop me a line.

David

Dog Leads, Harnesses and Collars

Dog, Leads, Harnesses and Collars

So the day has come and you need to shop around for a lead and collar for your new puppy or dog. Ideally this should be prior to picking up your new pooch, so it is a good idea to know the size you will require and what style you will need.

There are dozens of different types available, whether it is big dog collars you are after or small. What kind of lead will you need? what length will you need? Do you want a designer lead or a lead for training? the list is endless.

I am therefore going to cover some of the more common dog leashes and collars (leashes are what our American cousins call a lead) and highlight some of our favourites here.

If you are still unsure about the choices available, you can always speak to a Vet or Dog Trainer, and they will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

The Importance of choosing the correct Dog Leads and Collars

When choosing the correct lead and collar there are many things to take into consideration.

  1. Firstly the size of your dog. The collar must be comfortable for your dog (ideally two fingers slip easily between the collar and it is fur). Also, the lead must be the correct length for you when walking your dog. My wife and I have our own leads when walking our dogs, as I am nearly a foot taller than her. If I used her leads, then I would be tripping over the back paws of my dogs.
  2. The type of fur on your dog. If your dog has long fur and you decide to go for a harness, then that could become uncomfortable for him or her as their fur can get caught up in it.
  3. The attitude of your dog. If you find your dog is the kind that is prone to pulling a lot when walking then a harness is preferable. This is because if they pull, whilst wearing a collar, then there is a chance they could damage their neck.

With our two dogs we found that Nelly, the smallest, always needed a step in harness. This is because if she just wore a flat collar she could hurt herself. She gets very excited quickly and pulls and jumps all over the place. She just doesn’t realise how she can hurt herself.

Julius K9 Harnesses
Hudson and Nelly wearing their Julius K9 Harnesses

Hudson, the larger of the two can be equally as boisterous. When we first rescued him he was very timid so a flat collar sufficed. Now he is much more lively and confident so a harness is a must.

Both Hudson and Nelly use Julius K9 Harnesses.

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Different types of Leads / Leashes

  1. The standard Flat Lead. These are the most common and are used for daily walks and basic training. They are normally between 1 – 2 metres in length and have a clasp at the end. They are manufactured in nylon, leather and even cotton or rubber. Within this group are the round, rope like material instead of flat. These are more and more popular and the type that we prefer. Because of varying lengths and thicknesses they work well with all dogs and provide good safety and control. Top tip, always choose a good brand and check the clasp is rigid and fit for purpose. Some cheaper brands have clasps that do not last very long and can deteriorate quickly.
  2. Bungee and stretchable rubber Leads. Personally I would AVOID these. Sold as reducing pulling issues with the dog they only go to reduce your training skills with your dog. A dog trainer will advise that a strong lead and confident owner is what is needed to train your dog.
  3. Retractable Leads. These are very popular as the owner can vary the length of the lead from about 1 meter to 15 metres all with the push of a button. The handle contains a mechanism that allows the owner to retract and release the lead as and when it is needed.  Unfortunately, they do have a downside, the cable can be easily tangled and the dog can wander off into the path of danger if you are not constantly aware. People and dogs have been seriously injured using these. However, in the hands of a confident and situation aware owner, these can be an asset for the dog and the person.
  4. Slip Leads. These leads are also known as training leads and incorporate a lead and collar all in one. Basically they are a piece of rope with a small metal ring that provides a loop and acts as a collar. They are very easy to put on as all you do is place the loop over the head of your dog and it will tighten itself around it is neck. One thing to be wary of is ensuring it sits high on the dogs neck so to avoid choking your dog. A very handy lead but I personally wouldn’t use one long term, as it is a sensitive part of the neck, which prevents them pulling hard but could cause discomfort in the long run.
  5. Martingale Leads. These are not so common and are used more for quick walks when you are in a rush. Similar to the Slip Leads they look like the collar is attached to the lead with added adjust ability. They are designed for dogs with smaller heads and thick necks like greyhounds. They are designed to stop your dog “backing out” of it is collar.
  6. Gentle Leader Leads / Head halti. These look more like a collar than a lead that loops around the dogs muzzle. They are designed so that if your dog pulls, then it is head is directed towards it is owner, and therefore redirecting it is attention to it is owner.
  7. Halti Harness. These are designed to control your dog from the front in a steering action. Usually these are

made from a comfortable material so as to not cause rubbing on the shoulders or the chest of your dog. As with other harnesses they must befitted correctly so as to not cause discomfort.

 

 

 

Different types of Collars

  1. The Standard Flat Collar. Made from the same materials and designed to go with the standard flat lead. They are the most common and what you will find in most pet stores. Certainly all dogs should be able to walk with a Flat Collar. The only issue is that some breeds e.g whippets and greyhounds can slip out of them. If that is the case then a Martingale Lead would be more appropriate. Always go for a good quality brand as they will last longer and give you piece of mind.
  2. Choke-chain Collar. Some dog trainers recommend these as an ideal collar for training. The downside is they must be used correctly for it to be safe and under the eye of a reputable trainer. Some breeds do respond well to them but short nosed dogs must never wear a choke-chain.
  3.  Prong / Pinch Collar. Another controversial collar like the one above. Some believe if it is used correctly then are a good training tool whereas others believe they are abusive. It is recommended that if you were to use one of these you should contact a qualified trainer beforehand. Again, if a trainer is needed and you should be supervised when using one, then I for one would not recommend them.

 

 

Harnesses

  1. Back-Clip Harness. These are the most common and have a D Ring on the back. They are the easiest to use and the most comfortable for dogs. There are several styles and materials from which you can choose from all depending on the size of your dog. Ideally they are for small dogs. If your little one is boisterous then this harness makes your dog easier to control without putting any pressure on it is throat. The only downside is that they are not ideal for training due to not providing any directional control.
  2. Front-Clip Harness. These are not so common as the back clip harnesses but have a couple of distinct advantages. The harness stops the dog pulling as the directional movement when pulling is towards the owner not away from them. These are often preferred by professional trainers and are preferable for larger dogs. The only downsides are your dog is more likely to get tangled in the lead and they do have to be fitted correctly as an ill fitting harness can effect the gait of your dog. It would also prove to be uncomfortable for your dog if fitted incorrectly.
  3. Dual-Clip Harness. These provide the best of both worlds of front and back clip harnesses. Although the rear clip has the most control the front one comes into operation if your dog lunges or pulls. One slight downside is that due to the amount of padding and material used they can cause some chafing around the shoulders of your dag.
  4. Step-In Harness. Instead of being a full harness these require your dog to literally step into the harness rather than have it placed over their head. They can be front back or both attachments. Some dogs find it difficult to step into them so have to be placed into position. Our little Nelly uses one all the time but even after three years she can’t step into it. She just stands on her back legs and waits to be put into position. Quite entertaining actually ha ha.

Safety Notes

As you can imagine there are many different types of leads and collars out there that it can be difficult to choose the correct one. I always say if in doubt ask a professional. There is nothing to be embarrassed about and that is what they are there for. At the end of the day it is the safety and happiness of your pet that is the most important.

There are several types of collar that are available that cause pain for your dog. Pronged Collars, Collars that spray liquids, electric shock and choke chains will all cause pain and stress for your dog. I do not believe any dog should be put into a stressful or painful situation so would never ever use one of those products.

Conclusion

As I have mentioned here are many types available and really it is down to the size and temperament of your dog. I hope my experiences and advice have helped with your choice. If you have any questions or advice I might find useful please feel free to drop me a line.

All the best

David

Christmas With Your Dog

Christmas with your Dog

It’s that time of year when we all get festive and want to enjoy ourselves over Christmas. There are office parties, kiddies parties and all sorts of wonderful events happening. Outside, we have Christmas Lights, Carol Singers and Christmas Markets. There is shopping to do and of course the buying of presents.

Christmas with your Dog

Just because we are going to be busy, busy, over the festive period it, doesn’t mean your furry friend should miss out. In fact, it’s his Christmas as much as yours, so you should be enjoying it together. I have therefore put together my top 10 tips on celebrating Christmas with your Dog.

Include Your Dog in Your Christmas Outings

Whether you are shopping in the Hight Street, or stomping through the fields looking for a real Christmas Tree, take your furry friend with you. Dogs love nothing more than being outside and being with you. When my wife and I are shopping in town we always take our little one’s with us. If shops do not allow Dogs, then you can take it in turns to stay outside. It really isn’t a sacrifice and your Dog will be far happier than being stuck at home waiting for your return.

Get Silly and Dress Them Up

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but dressing your Dog up certainly brings a smile to most peoples faces. There are hundreds of outfits you can buy which will make cracking photos of your festive season. Below you will see a picture of my Nessa who unfortunately passed away a few years ago. This photo brings back so many happy memories which makes it completely worth it. I know she looks grumpy in the photo but she really was such a happy Dog.

Christmas with your Dog
Our Nessa full of Christmas Joy !!!

Always remember how to choose outfits for your Dog. Make sure they are a good fit and they don’t get stressed out wearing them. They should not be wearing it for too long anyway. For further info and fitting please check my previous article at  Do Dogs Need to Wear Coats and jumpers?

Christmas with your Dog

Go Christmas Caroling

If you are lucky enough to be able to go Christmas Caroling then when not take your best friend with you? Just think of the entertainment value !!! I’m sure my Hudson would love it, but little Nelly would be an absolute nightmare. Her yapping is enough to put any seasoned carol Singer in their place. However, she does sound better than me lol.

On the serious side, if you are out in colder climates in the evening don’t forget that its not only your warmth you need to think about but your Dogs too. The above link applies as well.

Bake Some Doggy Christmas Treats

There’s nothing better than a warm kitchen with the aroma of baked goodies. (Even if it is liver treats for your loved one’s ha-ha). It is much more fun baking your own treats than buying them off the shelf. However, if you haven’t the time then off the shelf will still keep your furry friend happy. At the end of the day it is Christmas and he deserves it.

Check out these great treats at amazon.co.uk 

Pre Christmas Run Around

If you are having visitors over or are going visiting then make sure your Christmas pooch has had plenty of exercise. After you have opened all your presents, and your furry friend has run amok in the hoards of wrapping paper, take him outside for some more Christmas mayhem. Play fetch or have a good run around. Your visitors will appreciate it more if he is relaxed, and not running around the house like a maniac because of the intrusion.

Sleep Time

It can be very exciting for your Dog on Christmas day. With all the hustle and bustle of opening presents, going for a run around, having visitors and skillfully begging scraps of Turkey, it can all be too overwhelming for him. Some Dogs can keep going all day, but many will need a place to have a lie down and a rest. If your house is full of people, make sure there is an area put aside with his food, water and bed, so that he can get away from it all and have a well deserved Christmas nap.

Buy Some Christmas Gifts For You Best Friend

If you are anything like us then you will spend more time with your furry friend than you do anyone else. Surely then they should receive gifts from us to show them we care !!! It takes a Dog takes quite some time to grow to love a person and to trust them 100%. Surely that should be celebrated. Anyway, since your last Christmas shopping spree I’m sure their toys are starting to look a bit rough round the edges or they have lost their squeak lol. Go on. TREAT Them.

Christmas with your Dog

Christmas Dangers

We all want to enjoy ourselves over Christmas but we must be aware of the dangers that are ever present. That last thing we need is our loved one to get hurt or injured over the festive period. Here is a guide to some dangers:

  • Christmas Dinner – I know it’s Christmas and our furry friends deserve a treat, but too much can seriously injure them. Remember, during the rest of the year your Dog is on quite a controlled diet. Whether it’s too many home baked, or bought treats, these can really upset their digestive system. If everyone is sat around the table is dropping Turkey tit bits then this over indulgence can really make them sick. Just use common sense and keep an eye on them AND your guests !!!!
  • Poisons – There is a vast array of food and drinks that can poison your Dog. These are certainly in abundance at Christmas time. For example: Chocolate, Raisins, Holly and Ivy in decorations, Alcohol, Batteries (God forbid your loved one swallows one), Unbaked bread dough, Coffee, Blue Cheese, Garlic chives and onion found in stuffing, and Macadamia nuts.
  • Snow Globes – Some imported versions can contain antifreeze. Deadly to Dogs, Cats and us.
  • Candles – Yes they are very pretty and make a nice and cosy atmosphere but can also be deadly. If you leave candles on in an unoccupied room your Dog could brush against them and knock them over. Also, if they are inquisitive they could burn their nose or burn their paws.
  • Fairy lights and Tinsel – Dogs are very curious, so be careful if they go anywhere near the Christmas decorations. A chew through the fairy lights will electrocute them, and a swallowed piece of tinsel can cause a serious blockage in your Dog’s stomach.

Conclusion

It is only a few weeks until Christmas, and most people are already making plans, and getting ready for the festive period. I hope you have enjoyed my article on how to enjoy Christmas with your Dog. Common sense goes a long way to helping your enjoy the festive season, and I hope none of the dangers I have mentioned raise their ugly heads and spoil your special time.

Now is also a great time for Shopping. Black Friday starts tomorrow at amazon.co.uk where you can but lots of great presents, not only for your furry best friend but for your family and friends too.

Please see below some best Christmas dog gifts I have sourced from amazon.co.uk.

Also, does anyone remember my Post regarding amazon.co.uk or amazon.com? Well if you do you will know you can save a fortune by checking out deals on both sites.

Therefore below we also have some amazon.com deals too to wet your appetite.

Alternatively why not take them away for a festive break care of booking.com. There are plenty of Christmas bargains to be had there too.

Some amazon.co.uk deals:

Some amazon.com deals:

Christmas with your Dog
Link to Booking.com Christmas Deals

 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and as always please feel free to leave any tips or comments below.

David

 

Do Dogs Need to Wear Coats and Jumpers?

Do Dogs Need to Wear Coats and Jumpers?

We live in a Mediterranean climate, and even though the days are getting shorter, it’s still warm, and a fleece is only really needed in the evenings. However, I have already seen a lot of Dogs out an about wearing thick winter coats.

When we lived in England our Schnauzer Nessa had a warm coat for winter. This was because it often snowed and she loved playing in it. So my question for today is “Do Dogs need to wear coats and jumpers?”

Do Dogs need to Wear Coats and Jumpers
Our Nessa back in Blighty
Dog Dogs Need to Wear Coats and Jumpers
Our Nessa racing through the snow

 

Not all Dogs Need a Winter Coat or Jumper

Obviously where you live and your breed of Dog are very important factors. Just because us humans are beginning to feel the cold, this does not mean your loved one is too.

Larger long haired Dogs do not need to have an extra layer. Examples of these are Malamute’s, Saint Bernard s and the Siberian Husky. These are perfectly happy in cold temperatures. For them an extra layer would be extremely uncomfortable and would most likely result in them overheating. There are also large breeds that might need an extra layer to keep them warm. For instance, a Greyhound is a large Dog, but with very short fur and little body fat. An extra layer will definitely be suitable for these animals.

Small short haired breeds will often need an extra layer in cold spells. Also, older Dogs, puppies and poorly Dogs can benefit with some extra warmth. If it is cold outside then put the jumper or coat on for when they are outside and doing their business. Once inside, where it is nice and warm, take it off. You do not want your Dog overheating.

If, you live in a warmer climate you do need to ask yourself if any Dog needs a coat or jumper. Yes, I know they look cute, and it’s certainly a conversational piece when all the Dogs are together running around in their woolly jumpers. However, they do have fur, so do they need a coat?

Do dogs need to wear coats and jumpers

A Jumper will Not Always keep your Dog Warm

An important thing to remember is that we are a lot taller than our four legged friends. Where it is comfortable for us to walk around in a Jumper it might not be the same for our Dogs. If, you are walking on wet grass or there is dew on the ground the jumper is going to get wet. This will act in the same way as it would for us. Wet means cold and uncomfortable. It doesn’t matter how cute they look, their health and happiness is your priority.

Personally, I would only have my Dog wear a Jumper if it was really cold and the ground was dry. Also, if it’s really cold in the house, then I would recommend a jumper for a smaller short haired breed.

If it’s wet and cold then a fleece lined waterproof coat is the best idea. This will keep him warm and dry. Once home you can remove the coat and you will only need to dry his paws and face.

Not all Dogs will Become Accustomed to Wearing a Jumper or Coat

Some Dogs take to wearing outer garments like a duck to water but others will never take to it. If, you leave it until the last minute before you walk out the door your Dog may dislike the idea and “freeze in place” or go absolutely bananas. You can try to calmly “dress” him and let him wander around the house first to get used to it. NEVER force your Dog to wear an outer garment and then drag him out of the house. You may just have to deal with the fact he won’t wear it. Then you may need to come up with another idea.

Our Hudson has a waterproof jacket for when it’s tipping it down. He has no qualms whatsoever wearing it. On the other hand our Nelly hates it with a vengeance. Although she hates the rain, she would rather get wet than wear her coat. Luckily she only weighs 3 Kg so it’s not too much to dry her when we get home.

Quality not Quantity

When choosing a Jumper or Coat remember it’s quality not quantity that counts. A thick coat does not mean it’s going to keep your Dog warmer. It is more likely to be uncomfortable for your Dog and could impair his movement resulting in him getting stressed out and possibly overheating. Technology these days provides lot lighter garments that are lined adequately, therefore presenting a more suitable warm garment.

Even when buying Jumpers, make sure you do the research first. You must make sure it is a comfortable fit and doesn’t have bits hanging off it that could get caught in bushes or furniture. These include zippers, buttons, tags and hooks. All these can get caught or chewed off and swallowed. Make sure it is easy to pull on and off and it does not cause your Dog to struggle. The most common mistake I have seen is jumpers that are too tight which cause your Dog to act like a fish on the end of a line when they are being removed.

Think about the material, a wool jumper may be warm but how often will you need to wash it? Will your Dog be comfortable with wool or will it cause him to itch? A good blend of wool and cotton is a great idea. Make sure it has a tight weave so it is more durable and will last longer.

Measuring for a Jumper or Coat

Make sure you know the measurements of your Dog before you go to the shop or order online. Make sure your best friend is standing up and measure from the base of his neck (where the collar should sit) to the base of his tail. Also, measure his chest and waist. The majority of clothes use these measurements. If unsure go for the larger size as comfort is paramount. Never make him wear tight clothes that impairs his movement or breathing.

Once you have your garment and he is wearing it, check he has plenty of movement around the neck and the armpit area and he has plenty of freedom of movement. If, you are happy with his fit then he should be too.

Conclusion

It can be a confusing time once winter arrives on our doorstep. Does my Dog need a Coat or Jumper or is it just a fashion thing? It really does depend on where you live and the breed of your Dog. Just because your neighbour has a Yorkie with the latest trendy dog coat it doesn’t mean he needs it. He could be overheating and dehydrating quickly in his coat.

On the other hand you maybe in your house and your toy poodle who is shivering uncontrollably. There is only so much curling up they can do to keep warm. Get a blanket to cover him and he will let you know when he is too warm. Alternatively put a pretty jumper on him to keep him warm. He won’t care what design or pretty pattern it has. As long as he is warm he will be happy.

I hope this article has helped with any misconceptions as to whether or not to go and buy a Coat or Jumper for your loved one this winter. Please see a few of my favourites on amazon.co.uk.

Any tips or comments please feel free to leave me a message below.

Until next time.

David

Online Deals Of The Day

Online Deals of the Day

Did you know that amazon.co.uk and amazon.com offer online deals of the day? I certainly didn’t until recently and was extremely surprised at how much money you can save. Just by spending a few minutes of your time, you can save massive amounts especially if you are buying in bulk.

Here is a good example of one item on offer today. Amazon online deal of the day.

How Does It Work?

Amazon has three kinds of Deals which are daily deals, weekly deals and Lightning Deals.

  • Daily Deals – These are advertised on the website from 00.01hrs to 23.59 hrs. You must purchase within that time or you will not get that deal.
  • Deals of the Week – These start at 00.01 hrs on a Monday morning and finish at 23.59 hrs on the following Sunday. As above, if you order out of these times you will not get the deal.
  • Lightning Deals – These are a promotion where a limited number of discounts are offered on an item for a short period. These are found on the Daily deals page and are available until the short time of the promotion lasts or until all the discounts are claimed. Therefore, you have to be on the ball when these are available. You can also join a waiting list for an item if all the discounts are help in other peoples baskets. If they don’t purchase then you have the option to buy if you are next on the waiting list.

There are also others way to save. Amazon also has a link for Savings and Sales and they even have Upcoming Deals where it tells you how much time there is before an offer becomes active.

What type of Items are Available?

When you go to the Deals page there is a list of every category available for savings. I have certainly been impressed by the amount of items available. Just today there are 107 items available under Pet Products.

Conclusion

Just by spending a bit of time on either of the amazon sites you can save a lot of money on your pet products especially if you are buying in bulk. Also remember that comparing between amazon.co.uk and amazon.com can save you a ton of money. Please see my post on how this works.

I hope you have enjoyed this article. Please feel free to leave any tips or recommendations.

All the best

David