Y Shaped Harness for Therapy

Y Shaped Harness for Therapy

We would like to begin by exploring the therapeutic advantages of a well fitted Y shaped harness. This is so much more than just a harness to have a walk in, as it's a proven therapy tool to use to assist in improving the dog's mobility.

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Below are a selection of different Y shaped harnesses, each with a description for you to view.

Ttouch harness, clips in 4 different places to allow easy fitting especially good for dogs that don't like things going over their heads.
Ttouch harness, clips in 4 different places to allow easy fitting especially good for dogs that don't like things going over their heads.
Front view of Ttouch harness showing Y shape, also has a "D" at the front for the lead attachment.
Front view of Ttouch harness showing Y shape, also has a "D" at the front for the lead attachment.

Mekuti harness, similar to Ttouch but tis one only has 2 clips so has to go over the head.
Mekuti harness, similar to Ttouch but tis one only has 2 clips so has to go over the head.

Front view of Mekuti harness. These are great for small + medium breeds, but a little "strappy" for larger breeds
Front view of Mekuti harness. These are great for small + medium breeds, but a little "strappy" for larger breeds

Kumfi fit harness. Sizes tend to come up a little small and clips are quite bulky + noisy, so not ideal for noise sensitive dogs.
Kumfi fit harness. Sizes tend to come up a little small and clips are quite bulky + noisy, so not ideal for noise sensitive dogs.
Front view of Kumfi Fit harness, these can be purchased in your local B&M store.
Front view of Kumfi Fit harness, these can be purchased in your local B&M store.

SASS harness, these are made to measure + have fleece padding round the neck.
SASS harness, these are made to measure + have fleece padding round the neck.
Front view of the made to measure SASS harness.
Front view of the made to measure SASS harness.
Ruffwear harness, similar to the ones we use for hydro. These have a handle on the top which is great for the neurological + elderly dogs.
Ruffwear harness, similar to the ones we use for hydro. These have a handle on the top which is great for the neurological + elderly dogs.

Front view of Ruffwear harness showing the padded chest plate.
Front view of Ruffwear harness showing the padded chest plate.

Perfect Fit harness, comes in 3 sections which can be mixed + matched to get the "Perfect fit" for each dog.
Perfect Fit harness, comes in 3 sections which can be mixed + matched to get the "Perfect fit" for each dog.
Front view of the Perfect Fit harness. These are also fully fleece lined and have a "D" ring at the front for a lead attachment.
Front view of the Perfect Fit harness. These are also fully fleece lined and have a "D" ring at the front for a lead attachment.

Perfect Fit harness in 3 sections, which all come in different sizes.
Perfect Fit harness in 3 sections, which all come in different sizes.

It's so important to find the best fit for each dog depending on their breed, size, age and conformation.

Owner Home Programme Videos

The series of videos below have been produced specifically for K9HS owner clients and are part of our Owner's Community Hub.

Barbara shares ideas with owners and chats about some of the different Y-Shaped harnesses available. These are far superior to the step in harness or anti-pull harness which takes a dog out of their natural balanced motion.

By using the Y-Shaped harness randomly throughout the day, applying it using therapeutic touch and putting it on for 10 to 15 minutes, using sensory work and then removing it, raises the body awareness and has a high rating value of proprioception for the dog.

Using a Y-Shaped harness linked to Therapeutic Handling techniques is a therapeutic treatment in itself, with a high rating value of proprioception, leading to improved canine movement.

This piece of equipment becomes a useful therapy clinical tool with with proven therapeutic benefits for your canine client. Activating the canine proprioception system with a range of high rating valued proprioceptive enriched techniques, leads to improved canine function and quality of motion.

Watch Meg's head turn and register the different harnesses and look what she signals when it is her own harness! She has ownership over her own belongings and this is why we always use our harnesses in clinic. NB Meg is 17 years old and has a head tilt.

This discusses where to hold the harness. By using the best points to therapeutically hold your dog's harness you can help your dog move in balance and improve their mobility.

Barbara discusses why it is so important not to choose to pat your dog on their head and shares the best places to have that all important cuddle and love touch. Notice how slow you need to work to put on the harness to have a positive therapeutic impact.

Barbara discusses how important your position is in relation to each dog when applying. Assisting the dog to use a tidy posture is easily done and this primes the next movement sequence.

Top tips about sensory work that help raise your dog's awareness. It's like revving up your car engine before you drive, so very important to help your dog start movement and use the correct muscles.

Barbara shows how to a do a therapeutic lift to help your dog get up from lying, it's called a Tuber Ischii lift and can be done from the side or behind the dog. This is taught to owners as they describe rising from lying after rest as a very common problem.

Check out the links below detailing how to measure a dog and where to purchase the Y shaped harnesses.

Ttouch

SASS

Ruffwear

Perfect Fit

Mekuti

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