Kirby looks like a sweet, fragile Yorkie when in fact he is a Dorkie (Dachshund/Yorkie mix). Kirby is NOT a fragile little dog. He is a hefty 15 pounder who is all muscle which makes him a very strong puller.
At one year of age I remember hooking his leash to a cast iron umbrella stand which he easily pulled completely off the deck, not to mention around part of the yard. At two years of age he does rally and obedience training and understands "heel" which is walking beside me at the pace I set. He also knows the difference between work time and play time. Walks and leisure activities are considered playtime where he can sniff and investigate at his whim. He is curious about everything pulling me along behind him as he wanders this way and then that way. I tend to switch arms as one gets tired. It becomes an exhausting battle as he pulls then I pull back.
So you can only imagine my excitement when we were given the opportunity to test out an
and Sparky Leash.
Who is EzyDog? EzyDog is a company specializing in a line of products encompassing the rugged outdoor lifestyle dogs love along with the comfort and style pet owners prefer. They manufacture the Original Shock Absorbing Leash that combines the latest in sports technology with the durability dog owners demand. Their unique and highly functional leash systems are designed for comfort, control and safety, paying special attention to dogs that pull or are in training. All EzyDog Products are designed to help both owners and pets get more out of the great outdoors.
What is the Chest Plate Harness? ($22 - $26 value)
- The EzyDog Chest Plate Harness features an EVA Chest Plate. EVA is a foam rubber that will form to the dogs chest for an Ergonomic Fit.
- The EVA Chest Plate keeps the load of the dog spread across the length of the dogs chest providing Comfort and Control, not to mention Style!
- The EzyDog Harness is adjustable and easy to fit. See the Fit Chart for the perfect fit.
- The EzyDog Harness uses Reflective Stitching for enhanced visibility at night.
- A Swiveling Seat Belt Restraint is included for safe travels by automobile.
- A Rust Proof Welded D-ring is used for attaching leashes.
- For Ultimate Control, use with an EzyDog Shock Absorbing Leash.
This harness is available in 6 sizes based on the girth measurement of the dog so there is a size for every dog. It is easily adjustable for optimum fit and comfort. The front chest piece is wide and runs from below the neck to slightly underneath the chest. Over time it will form perfectly to the individual dog's chest making it a custom fit. This harness comes in 7 beautiful colors to please any owner. We requested the blue to show up against Kirby's black and tan coat.
A few days later when it arrived, I placed the harness on Kirby letting him run around the yard to adjust. Because he is part Yorkie I worry about undue stress on his neck so he always wears a harness when in his car seat and whenever we are out and about. Since he is used to wearing a harness it didn't phase him at all. Then we decided to jump in the car and head to the local public walkway. First, we tested the included Swivel Seat Belt Restraint...
This is a great accessory for large dogs or dogs who don't use a car seat. It will definitely come in handy with our foster dogs. But since Kirby is short and can't see out the windows, he prefers his car seat...
As I mentioned Kirby always wears a safety harness when traveling in the car which involves slipping it over his head and then placing each front leg into the harness and finally, snapping it closed. Once we reach our destination the same steps in reverse. This harness eliminated those added steps - I can just unhook his leash and hook the harness to the built-in car seat restraint. When we arrived at the walkway all I had to do was unhook Kirby from his car seat and hook on the Sparky Leash. Quick and easy!
What is the Sparky Leash?
We tested the harness using the Sparky Leash with amazing results. This leash is constructed with a section of shock absorbing stretch built in the center. What a difference! Every time Kirby pulled, the built-in tension in the leash would automatically pull back! The section containing the stretchy part not only did all the work, it took all the pressure too. I also love the Sparky handle. His other leashes have the normal loop handle which digs into my hand when he is pulling. This one is like the kind water skiers use - very comfortable. We walked over two miles. Kirby showed no signs of discomfort whatsoever whether walking or riding in his car seat. My arm never hurt. My hand never got sore or pinched. In fact I didn't even need to maintain a tight hold on the handle. Honestly, this is now my go to harness and leash!
Watch my video and be amazed! In the beginning Kirby starts out pulling me along as usual which is evident by the taut leash. Notice each time he turns to look at me - that is when the leash has pulled back. I never felt any pulling but he felt the tension spring and quickly learned to slow down. Quicker than I thought possible he was walking beside me. Whenever I stopped walking, he stopped. Truly amazing! This harness has a $22 - $26 value, and in my opinion, is worth every penny!
EzyDog carries a great selection of products for your active dog including collars, harnesses, leashes, and flotation devices to name a few. We also received the cutest key ring that looks just like their collars - perfect for attaching a poop bag dispenser to the leash handle! Mmmm, maybe it's time to stock up for holiday gift giving.
Now for our giveaway! EzyDog wants to give one of our lucky readers their very own Chest Plate Harness! All you have to do is visit the EzyDog Online Store then come back here and leave a comment telling us what size and color Chest Harness you would choose for your dog. We also have options you can choose to do for extra entries but aren't necessary to enter.
Now let's see who wants to win an amazing EzyDog Chest Plate Harness just like Kirby's. The winner will get to choose their favorite color and submit their dog's girth size for a custom fit. Of course you can order your own harness and leash today if you just can't wait! Good luck!
Disclaimer: We were invited to review these products and offer a giveaway for EzyDog. The only compensation we received were the two products we reviewed. This opinion is my own based on my observations and Kirby's reaction to the above mentioned products.