Pull tab for dogs on leashes is also found on the top left hand side of the harness strap at the back of the dog.
A handle behind the belt of a traditional leather and webbing harness, sometimes referred to as a "haul back".
An all-purpose hook is commonly found in an active or trning harness. Most commonly, they are used to attach to the body or harness of an animal to prevent it from slipping away or, when the animal is a human, used to prevent the harness from slipping down, for example, if a wearer falls.
Incorrectly referred to as a "thong" or "pantiloon"
Pantiloon/thong refers to a short, non-restrictive dog harness with a slip crotch. The thong consists of a wst belt and a leash. Pantiloons are worn without a body harness or neck strap, are typically made with high visibility material and are designed to be easily put on and taken off.
As early as the early 19th century, some people have worn a harness for working or walking dogs. It is believed that the first use of the modern harness for use with dogs was in the 1960s.
Different types of dog harnesses
Belts are traditionally worn by dog owners who would otherwise carry an animal on its back. This might be done in public places where it is uncomfortable for the animal to carry around a dog's head and neck, or if the dog were to be taken on a walk or run in a manner that prevented the dog from turning its head. Belt dog harnesses are commonly used in dog shows or events.
Belt harnesses come in various sizes and styles, allowing users to customize their dog's harness, with many having a collar and leash. In some designs, the belt is attached to a harness strap so the dog is unable to turn its head or to leave the dog alone while walking. Other designs have the ability to allow the dog to turn its head or to leave the dog alone while walking. A belt harness is considered to be a trning tool to increase trning for safety in places that are not suitable for dogs and to keep dogs from damaging belongings.
Belt harnesses are also useful for children who would like to have an animal to take along for outdoor play.
A dog walker is a person who takes a dog for a walk around a prescribed route, with or without a human walking alongside.
Dog walkers can be classified by location:
Park walkers work mnly in parks or on private land, usually just outside the borders of the park. They might work in prs, or in groups, and walk in a predetermined pattern, usually around the perimeter of the park, and sometimes back to the starting point. Dogs often have their collars and leashes placed in a basket as they cannot carry the items.
Neighbourhood walkers are not affiliated with a park or a dog charity and may walk only in their own neighbourhood. They may or may not walk around the boundaries of a park or a park estate, may not have leashes, and may take the dog off its lead during an outing.
Urban walkers walk the streets of an urban area, may walk around a residential area, or go for a round-about walk of up to 10 miles. Urban walkers can be associated with any type of neighbourhood or private owner.
Dog walkers are also used for other recreational purposes, including trning and sightseeing.
Walking for fun
Walking for fun is done to promote exercise and the activity of walking, and is often used to improve morale or mntn a healthy lifestyle.
Some places allow dogs on a leash to walk freely. Dogs on a leash are usually not under control and may be allowed to run freely with the owner, especially in suburban areas, and also in parks in some states, such as California, Colorado, New York, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington. Some places have laws that prohibit dogs from running or walking on leash, in such cases, some areas require a leash to be worn at all times.
Dogs that are on a leash may participate in other activities, such as agility, show jumping, disc dog (a small dog which jumps through hoops, usually in prs), and freestyle obedience. Dogs that are on a leash also may join in with other dog walks and social events. In some areas, dogs that are on a leash may also be seen socialising with other dogs.
Urban walking is popular with many dog owners. This may be because dogs who are well-mannered, and well-trned, are used to walking in urban areas. Dogs that are used to the sights, sounds and smells of the city, such as, for example, a Labrador Retriever, may have greater enjoyment of the activity than a dog from a rural area who is accustomed to hearing birds chirp, being able to smell the fresh r and smelling of livestock. Urban walking is also enjoyed by dog owners because it may be done in places such as:
Mall or other shopping centre
Suburb or other residential area
Because of the many benefits associated with walking, many communities offer special walking areas, which may include a special dog park or just a special section of a neighbourhood park. Some cities and towns have organised community events at which dogs are not allowed to participate. When a dog is not allowed to participate in a community event, it may be asked to wt at home.
While dogs can and should be walked at all times, there is also an important time and place to keep dogs safe: When playing in rough or other dangerous areas, dogs are at risk of injury. When dogs play in these dangerous areas, it can also be dangerous for the owner. When travelling, it is possible to purchase pet restrnts that are designed to keep pets secure, and to ensure that children cannot play with the pet. For most dogs, it is safer for them to be left at home when on trips with their owners.
Dogs being left in cars
Many dog owners keep their dogs in their cars for long periods. This may be done for reasons such as:
Keeping dogs inside during inclement weather, or to provide extra security, for example, in areas with high crime rates.
This may be done to both protect the dog from harsh weather and in order to reduce the risk of theft. Dog theft in the United States of America has become more common over the past decades. One reason for this may be that dog owners are spending less time observing their dog and more time paying attention to their phones or other items, thus making their dog more vulnerable.
The World Health Organization advises that it is important that pet owners have their dogs inside a car to reduce their risk of being stolen. The risk that the dog will be stolen may be increased if:
the temperature is very cold, very hot, or very humid
the car is unlocked, or the owner has had their keys lost or left in the car
the car is parked in a dark area
the dog is not restrned with a cage, belt, crate or leash
the dog is not being fed or watered during the time that the car is unattended
dogs that are frequently taken from their owners often get overstimulated and cannot concentrate on their surroundings, and become hyper or aggressive.
Dog theft may be a criminal offence in some jurisdictions. Other consequences may include:
Dogs that are not secured or tethered in a manner that prevents them from getting outside are at risk of harm if