A dog lifting harness can help you lift a senior, large, disabled or convalescing dog.
With a lifting harness you can also take some of their weight and help them with their walking, exercising and mobility.
If you use a dog stroller or bicycle dog trailer then you are already helping to improve your dogs mobility. Getting your dog outdoors and taking them on trips is extremely important for their health and well being. They may have issues with their mobility but there is nothing wrong with their mind. Dogs that cannot walk far or have trouble walking still need to experience new things and venture outdoors. Dogs are inquisitive, social animals who like to explore new surroundings, sights and smells.
If you do have a dog that needs help with their mobility there are lots of options out there. Dog strollers are one of them. But if you have trouble getting your dog into a stroller or in the back of your car then perhaps a dog lifting harness is the solution you are looking for.
Using a dog lifting harness is a safe and ideal way to lift larger or older dogs from elevated spaces. They are also a more compact, mobile and lighter alternative to using a large foldable dog ramp. Some dog ramps are of a large size and take up quite a lot car boot space, so a handy pet lifting harness is a much better solution.
Many large, overweight or geriatric dogs find getting into cars a problem due to their size and state of health. The lifting harnesses for dogs are a great way to get your dog in and out of a car quickly and safely. It’s also safer for you and your dog to carry them out this way rather than picking them up with your own arms.
Some dogs when they suffer from old age, leg, disabilities, joint or hip problems can be confined to the home and garden indefinitely, never to step beyond the front door again (unless they are taken to the vets). Some dogs are lucky enough to be taken out in a dog stroller which offers them a new lease of life. Using a dog stroller can provide your dog with some new experiences, they can travel to places to experience sights, sounds and smells and to also socialise with people and fellow dogs.
Dog strollers are designed for dogs of all sizes and breeds. Larger dogs tend to use a step in stroller which have low entry points so they don’t have much impact on their legs and joints. Once inside the pet stroller they can sit, sleep or relax and even get out and walk or exercise if the situated arises. Smaller dogs, on the other hand, have to be picked up to be placed into strollers which are designed more like infant buggies. Picking up a small convalescing or disabled dog may need some careful handling on your part to avoid any harm to the dog’s problematic areas. Here is where lifting harnesses can help.
How a dog lifting harness can help you and your pet with their mobility
Gives full, even body support when lifting your dog
Harnesses are easy to fit and easy to use
Harnesses are perfect way to lift your dog in and out of the car
Harnesses are hard wearing, very functional and value for money
Can be used to lift your dog onto a high vet table
Handy way of lifting your dog onto a sofa, bed or raised surface
Perfect for dealing with unexpected flights of steps when out with your dog
By lifting the harness it can help take weight of a dog’s legs or hips
Very handy in an emergency and you need to lift your dog
Harnesses are lightweight and accessible and can be carried with you
Harnesses work in collaboration with a dog stroller or bicycle pet trailer to aid mobility
Using a harness is an easy and safe way to lift a dog in and out of their stroller or bike trailer
Harnesses can be used when treating your dog with hydrotherapy, you can control and carry them along in the water
Fit and healthy dogs can wear an adventure harness so they can accompany you on treks, hikes and other outdoor pursuits
What sort of harnesses are there?
There are a number of dog lifting harnesses on the market and they all have different purposes. There are full body harnesses and there are also front body harnesses and rear body harnesses. The design of these harnesses give your dog full support across the underneath of their body which is far more safer than carrying your dog in your arms.
Lifting harnesses are designed to take the weight and support the majority of your dogs body. The ultra strength harness panel distributes the weight evenly, something you would be unable to do if using your arms to carry them.
Lifting harnesses tend to be a ‘Up and Out’ harnesses, which do not get fitted to your dogs body like a dog coat, but rather acts like a sling with handles. When the dog is placed in the car, the harness is removed, whereas other fitted harnesses can be fitted to your dog and they wear it throughout the trip.
Lifting harnesses can be used for disabled dogs, or dogs that just need a little help with their mobility. You can take some of their weight but still allow them to do some of the walking and exercising if the are up to it.
Front and rear harnesses can be used to lift your dog and take some of the weight off their front or rear body which will help them with their mobility and walking. By taking some of the weight it can reduce the pressure on their problematic joints and help them walk and exercise better.
Multifuctional harnesses can be worn full time if your dog needs a great deal of assistance. They can also be used occasionally to lift your dog in and out of cars easily and efficiently, which is a very safe way for you to lift your dog. Multifunctional harnesses are also very comfortable and safe for your dog.
Front body harnesses
Front body harnesses also enable the handler to take much of the weight off the front legs whilst allowing the back legs to function normally. This still allows the dog to continue to do walks and exercise which can also aid and improve a dog’s circulation and help them to rehabilitate during a convalescent period.
Rear body harnesses
Rear body harnesses will enable the handler to take much of the weight off the hind legs whilst allowing the front legs to function normally. Thus allowing the dog to still be able to exercise which can also aid and improve a dog’s circulation during a convalescent period.
Some designs of rear body harnesses fit around your dogs back body while others are more of a looser fit. The fitted rear harnesses tend to be used as a fitted harness which the dog can keep on while walking or in transit. With a looser fit rear body harness, you simply lay the harness flat on the floor for your dog to step into, then you just lift the harness up and adjust the handles to suit. You then lift an place the dog in the require place then remove the harness until you need to lift them down.
Hiking harnesses for outdoor pursuits
These type of outdoor harnesses can be expensive and this is because they are designed and made with many safety features which can include: strength rated, anodized aluminium lace-back buckles, padded belly support, adjustable frames, and leg loops for steady weight dispersion.
You can also use a supportive multi-use harness like this for rehabilitation and mobility assistance for senior, convalescing and disabled dogs.
Slings and hoists
Hydrotherapy treatment may consist of light swimming and gentle exercise which help to keep your dogs limbs active. The harness is a great way to hold and control your dog during their exercise or therapy.
Full body dog slings can also be used not only for therapy and walking but they can also help you to lift a dog in and out of a car safely and conveniently.
Hoists are also ideal if you have a large breed of dog who are too heavy to lift using a harness. Mechanical hoists are a more lighter alternative to a folding dog ramp and your dog can be lifted with ease and speed and very little physical work from you.