Mobility Support Harness for service dogs by Bold Lead Designs
BLD MSH standard shown with banner badgeMSH SIDE, lined with thick shearlingMSH TOP OF SADDLE closeup, d-rings and velcro tabsfolding handle mechanismHand made to order, 3 sizes availableQuick –Release Buckles make it easy to put on and take off dogErgonomic handle, left hand shownErgonomic handlepull ring option for low dexterityCOMET in standard MSHThunder under Plane Seat with Harness Handle Folded DownBEAU, a Mastiff in GIANT sized MSH 2Bernese Mountain Dog USHER at the BLD shop, XL harness, erg handleGolden Retriever SHEP sitting in standard MSHCORA with tall ergo handle, foldedGerman Shepherd EVA with standard harness, ergo handle, with accessories: banner badge, cape, and double patchGerman Shepherd BEAR with XL harness and ERG handleMAPLE a mixed breed with ergo handle, and accessories: Infinity Lead, cape, velcro patchLabrador sitting in standard MSHgolden retriever ELLIE helps Amanda (child) learn to walkStandard Poodle BUTTERSCOTCH with tall ergo handleGolden retriever SHAI with tall ergo handle, foldedLarge Doberman CHOBE in XL harness with standard handle, double patch shown on handleNewfoundland Dog FINN in XL MSH harnessBEAU, a Mastiff in GIANT sized MSHFALCOR in XL size MSHThe BLD workshop, custom made harnesses

Mobility Support Harness for brace and balance stability assistance

From: $425.00

  • Bracing and balance support for stability
  • Rigid support handle is adjustable and folds down
  • Secure support with no slipping or shifting
  • Excellent communication between dog and partner
  • Proper weight distribution for dog’s anatomy–does not pinch or rub
  • Lightweight, comfortable, flexible
  • Easy to put on and take off with quick release clasps
  • Custom made to fit both you & your dog
  • Guaranteed fit and lifetime customer support

This harness is simply the best balance/mobility/support harness available!

If possible, please measure your dog before you order. Download detailed measuring instructions here: MSH Measuring and Pricing 2015
Also, check out the ORANGE buttons below for video and downloads. You can provide the measurements and details via email, phone, or type the measurements and order details into the notes section when you check out. We’ll follow up directly with you to be sure we have all the info. Give us a call at 303-856-3012 if you need assistance or have questions–we’re here to help.

Keep scrolling! Detailed descriptions, sizing, options, etc. can be found below.
Allow 4 weeks for completion of a custom harness.

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Product Description

The BLD Mobility Support Harness (MSH)

Our custom made Mobility Support Harness is designed to provide balance support and stability for people with mobility impairments. It is also wonderful for anyone needing good communication and contact with their dog where a rigid handle is helpful. We have designed this Service Dog harness with the dog’s physical structure and movement in mind, then added features to make it user-friendly and truly accessible. This is the most stable and ergonomic service dog harness available!

Guided by a veterinary orthopedic surgeon, this harness is design allows the dog to move, breathe, and work unencumbered by the equipment. Weight and pressure are properly distributed. Our harness does not wobble, shift, or pinch the dog. It is lightweight, sturdy, and very comfortable.

Features, sizing, and lots of helpful information below. . .

Watch the harness in action:

Video: Measuring for your BLD Harness

Measuring for your harness video

Document: Pricing & Measuring Guide

Download MSH Pricing, Measuring, & Ordering PDF

Fill-in Harness Order Form (email it to orders@boldleaddesigns.com)

Fill-In Harness Order Form 

Mobility Support Harness Features:

  • Harness provides balance/stability support for the handler
  • Custom made by hand to your specifications
  • Rigid support handle for brace and balance support
  • Handle is well balanced and properly supported for maximum stability (and will not loosen over time)
  • Handle height is adjustable and folds down
  • Handsome black leather with white stitching and rust-free chromed brass and stainless steel hardware
  • Made with premium supple leather and real shearling sheepskin that is durable and easy to clean
  • Reflective strips on handle for safety
  • Easy to put on and take off the dog with 2 quick release clasps
  • All straps are adjustable
  • Fully padded, with no hard edges or synthetic materials to irritate the dog (padding is optional on belly strap)
  • Allows dog proper freedom of movement
  • Harness flexes with movement, and conforms to the dog’s anatomy
  • Lightweight: weighs less than 2.5 lb. (under 3 pounds for XL size)
  • Orthopedic Veterinarian and canine physical therapist approved
  • Designed with replaceable straps and handle to re-fit as needed: Replacement parts are available:

Pricing Includes: 

  • Complete harness saddle with straps custom made to fit your dog’s measurements
  • Folding rigid brace handle, custom made to desired height up to 8” tall (taller handle available with upgrade)
  • Three D-rings on the back of harness for attaching accessories
  • Great Fit Guarantee: fit adjustment if necessary within 4 weeks of delivery
  • Lifetime warranty for materials & workmanship, excellent customer support

Custom Made to your Measurements:

  • Every harness is made to order!
  • Please provide all the measurements and details outlined in the measuring guide (download PDF, see pages 3&4 for instructions), including the dog’s name, breed and weight, handle measurement, etc. Watch the video to see how to measure. It is helpful if we also know the name of the person using the harness (if different than the name on the order).
  • You may provide the measurements and other details by phone, in an email, or type them into the “order notes” field when you check out online.
  • We’ll call or email to follow up with you so we can make your harness to your specifications. Don’t worry, we’ll review the details and let you know if we have any questions about your order.
  • Please know that we cannot start working on your harness until we have ALL the measurements and details outlined on the measuring guide. Delays in getting us the information we need may delay your order.

Harness size: 

  • Standard size, $425
    For most dogs 60-90 pounds, with a girth size of 26-33 inches (if your dog is under 60 pounds, consider the Basic Assistance Harness)
  • Extra Large size, $450
    For dogs 90-150 pounds, with a girth size of 33-40 inches (also recommended for some breeds with deep chests weighing 85 pounds or more, such as GSD’s and
    Dobermans)
  • Giant size, $525
    For dogs 140-200 pounds, with a girth over 40 inches (Tall handle not available on this size.)

All straps are made to fit your dog’s actual measurements. Need help with sizing? Don’t worry. Just ask. We‘ll take a look at your dog’s measurements/breed/weight to be sure you get a perfect fit.

Handle size (rigid handle): 

  • Standard handle is up to 8″ tall (example: 3″, 4″, 6″, etc)
  • TALL handle is 9″ or more (heavier gauge metal & reinforced support bars on harness saddle), up to 14″ maximum height.
  • Handles are made to your measurements (both height and width), see measuring guide for instructions.
  • Handles adjust approximately 1.5″ up or down from the determined height.
  • Note: The laws of physics apply. Handles 6″ or lower will be the most stable and are ideal for mobility work.

Available Options for the BLD MSH:

Choose from these upgrade options to customize the harness to meet your needs. Must be selected when order is placed, as these options are built into the harness.

  • TALL handle upgrade: $30
    Required for brace handles 9” or taller, up to 14” maximum. Includes upgraded support bars on saddle and heavier gage metal for handlebar. (Please know that the physics of tall handles will apply more torque and pressure to the dog. Harness must have tall support bars to accommodate handles of 9” or more.)
  • Ergonomic Handle Grip upgrade:$50 *Highly recommended!
    Z- shaped grip allows for a more natural hand and arm position.
    Choose left or right hand.
  • Pull-Rings: $25
    For people with limited dexterity who have trouble grasping a small knob, pull-rings can be added to make it easier to operate the handle folding mechanism. (Cannot be retrofitted.)
  • Sheepskin padding on belly strap: $15
    Optional padding on rear belly strap is recommended for short coated or sensitive dogs. (All other parts of the harness come standard with sheepskin.)
  • Other: please let us know if you need any special accommodations. Some requests require a quote.

Accessories: click on links for details

  • Extra set of knobs:$6 *Highly recommended!
    Removable knobs hold the handle onto the harness. Keep an extra set handy just in case. Choose: set of 3 low-profile black knobs or set of 4 of self-locking wing nuts
  • Pull-strap: $25
    Adapt your harness for pulling & forward momentum to add extra functionality. Adjustable strap clips onto the d-rings on the harness.
  • Guide Handle: $45
    Flexible leather handle for leading and momentum. This sturdy handle offers excellent communication and feedback. Angles back for proper leading or momentum contact. Mounts to harness with quick-release buckles, includes Velcro stabilizers. Sturdier than the standard pull strap. Made to your desired length. (Not easily removable. )
  • Cape/Vest: $55 standard size, $59 XL/Giant *Highly Recommended!
    Specially designed for the BLD harness to hold essentials like ID, money, phone, treats, medicine, cleanup bags, etc. Has 2 pockets, reflective stripes, and Velcro on the top to accommodate the Velcro patch listed below. Choose RED or BLUE.
  • Leather Pouch for holding essentials

ID Patches & Badges: various designs and phrases; see website or call for available designs.

  • Banner Badge $25 *Highly recommended!
    Our special 2-sided badge that spans the handlebar (fits handles over 4” tall, up to 10” wide)
  • Double Patch/Leash badges: $18-20
    3” round 2-sided badges Velcro onto leash, strap, or side of handlebar
  • Clip on 2-sided badge$25
    3” round patch clip to attach to a d-ring on harness
  • Velcro Patch: $10
    Hook Velcro-backed patch for cape, 2.5”x5”

MSH Replacement Parts are available:

This harness has been designed with interchangeable straps for the greatest flexibility; perfect for adapting a harness to fit a new dog or user. You may order replacement parts any time you need them. Brace handles are replaceable if the harness is built to accommodate the height you need.

How to order:

You may order online, call to place your order by phone, or visit the workshop in person. Whichever method you choose, we will work with you directly to be sure we have all the details we need to make your harness.

Turnaround Time:

Harnesses take 4 weeks to complete and are built to your specifications. (Contact us if you need it faster. Rush fee applies, subject to availability.) Shipping price includes insurance and tracking via USPS Priority Mail (2-3 days in USA). Yes, we ship WORLDWIDE!  

Important notes: Dogs should be physically mature (growth plates fused) before beginning harness work. Dogs must be physically sound and of appropriate size for mobility work.  Please be sure your dog is the right age, height, weight, and strength for the assistance you need. Consult a veterinarian to determine your dog’s suitability for harness and/or mobility work. Tall handles apply more pressure and torque to the dog than shorter handles, due to the laws of physics. A dog should never be expected to replace the heavy-weight-bearing capacity of a cane or crutch.

Please note that due to the custom nature of this special harness, returns and refunds are not available on this product. But we are always here for support and promise to work with you if you have an issue. See our guarantee page for details.

MSH Customer Photo Gallery:

Additional Information

Harness Size

Standard, XL, Giant

Handle Height

Standard 8″ or less, Tall handle over 8.5″

Handle Grip

Standard grip (straight & ambidextrous), Ergonomic Grip (Z-shaped +$50)

Harness Options

Add sheepskin to belly strap (+$15), Standard belly strap

Other Options

NONE, Add Pull-rings (+$25)

19 reviews for Mobility Support Harness for brace and balance stability assistance

  1. lady.realtor@earthlink.net
    5 out of 5

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    I just got my MSH harness & cape and I absolutely love it!! The quality of workmanship is amazing and I have already gotten many compliments on how good it looks. I’ve also now purchased 4 8-way leashes with the oldest being about 3 yrs ago and it looks as good as the day I received it. I will never buy leashes from anyone but Katrina and Bold Lead Design.

  2. weldingman616@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    If you have found BLD your search is over. Hands down Katrina makes the best mobility harness on the market. Best quality& durability around ! I wanna thank you Katrina for opening up a whole new much less difficult world for me & Hershey both. Yes it says five stars but deserves much more.

  3. trina@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    Jun 16th 2012:
    Great harness, far superior to our previous harness. Excellent fit, Moses is much more comfortable now and literally sticks his head into the harness as soon as I pick it up! Fold down handle is a great feature, especially for restaurants-no more bumping into the bottom of the table. My only suggestion is to make the knobs on the outside a little more flush with the handle so they don’t get hung up on my trousers. Otherwise a wonderful product.

  4. gfgf@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    Jun 16th 2012:
    Blaze and I started out with the basic mobility harness and then when I needed to upgrade to the new harness, Blaze was able to adjust to the Mobility Support Harness. This harness is by far the most comfortable and easiest one to use. I can feel the support I need and I can see that Blaze isn’t under any strain at all when he’s working. He actually enjoys being in this new harness. Thanks Katrina for providing the upgrade in your usual timely manner! Even my Doc thinks I have found a “great source”. I love what you do. Thanks!

  5. gfgf@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    – Aug 3rd 2012:
    I’ve had my mobility harness for a year now and it’s by far the best thing I have ever used! I had a harness before this but it moved all over and it wasn’t even high enough to really be of any use. BLD Mobility harness is by far the best thing I have found on the market yet. Saxton loves to wear it and wears it with pride. It looks so professional and works so well. I don’t have to worry about it breaking and with the help with fitting it to Saxton perfectly its just so care free. Katrina has been so easy to work with and so helpful with the whole thing. Even when things go wrong she’s right there to help figure out a way to fix it. She has saved my life with this harness!
    And her leads are amazing as well, most leather leads are hard and bulky and her’s are just so easy to use!

  6. df@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    (verified owner) – Aug 22nd 2012:
    Sigh! Sometimes life hands us lemons… That’s when we need to grab our powered juicer and share lemonade with friends. Embrace life with the best possible tools we can find. As my neurological problems advance, I need more assistance. So, I started the long training process to teach my dog to be my Mobility Assistance Service Dog. And I started to look for the best tools available. I spent hours searching and found several users who were happy with Katrina’s Mobility Support Harness. Yes, it’s expensive. But this harness needs to last around 10 years. And my dexterity continues to decrease. It is important the harness be easy to use. I needed a design that made it simple to use even with my awkward hands. So, I ordered a Mobility Support Harness.
    Though I was hopeful, the quality of workmanship on the harness astounded me. The leather quality is exceptional. Though it is new, it’s not terribly stiff. However, it feels quite sturdy. The stitching is very even, tight and consistent. The handle support is rivited to the harness with FOUR rivits. Most manufacturers would think just two would do the job. The ability to easily swivel the handle down is a great design – and easy to use with the pull rings. The fit on my dog is exceptional. As recommended, I adjusted the straps to get the best fit. With those adjustments, it is very sturdy. It does not slip about.
    What’s more important is how the harness seems to transform us. The handle tends to transfer my intentions to my dog, who automatically reacts. I start to turn left and he senses it. I start to turn right and he senses that. And he tends to counteract my normal tendency to weave about it bit. It’s a normal reaction. Dog’s instinctively react against pressure. Lean into them and they lean back. Lean away and they lean away. As a result, my instability is stabilized. As another person with ataxia noted, having a service dog makes it feel as if you have a mobile handrail that goes with you.
    So, lemonade anyone? [ Thanks Katrina for this particular power juicer !! 8^) ]

  7. fggfh@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    Journey and I have been using our mobility harness for a month now and I am really impressed with the fit, craftsmanship and overall professional look. Not only that, it’s safe and comfortable for him, provides the support I need and makes us really able to work together as a team.

  8. fggfh@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    – Nov 4th 2012:
    I just got my MSH harness & cape and I absolutely love it!! The quality of workmanship is amazing and I have already gotten many compliments on how good it looks. I’ve also now purchased 4 8-way leashes with the oldest being about 3 yrs ago and it looks as good as the day I received it. I will never buy leashes from anyone but Katrina and Bold Lead Design.

  9. fggfh@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    – Nov 7th 2012:
    AMAZING HARNESS! The quality and craftsmanship of this harness is outstanding and it is clear that a lot of thought was put into the design. My dog also loves the harness and seems to find it very comfortable, he actually runs into it now when it is time to work! You cannot find a better harness out there and this one will last you forever. Katrina really is an artist and I wont put another product on my dog. I know with her products that it will not only be of excellent quality, but also be safe and comfortable for my dog.

  10. fggfh@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    – Nov 8th 2012:
    I have had my mobility harness for a little over two months now. It is beautifully made and worth every penny. My dog is not professionally trained. We are working with a wonderful trainer and making progress. Even though my precious dog and I aren’t a perfect team yet, I am out of the house and enjoying this incredible adventure. Many thanks to Katrina for her help – the fit of the harness is perfect.
    Let me simply add that I needed to remove the padding on the breast strap because it seemed to hurt my dog’s front legs when he walked. Otherwise, the harness is wonderful.

  11. fggfh@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    – Nov 22nd 2012:
    I’ve looked at every mobility harness made and this is the best quality harness there is on the market. The quality of the leather and metal is un questionable. The harness is comfortable for the dog and is easy for her to move around in. She took to the harness within a week and after we got the new belly strap, there haven’t been any troubles at all. The fit is excellent. I love this harness and recommend it to everyone that I run into that needs this type of equipment. I direct everyone that I can to Bold Lead Designs that I can for that has any type of need that Katrina supports. I LOVE working with her.

  12. fggfh@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    – Nov 24th 2012:
    Hi Katrina
    I just wanted to take a moment & thank you for the EXCEPTIONAL harness & custom leads you made for me & Emmy. Not only are the gorgeous but she is very comfortable wearing it all day. I have had many people comment they have never seen anything like this & what an amazing thing for people who have mobility challenges. I have been in & out of the hospital with my Mom the past several months & literally no one had ever seen this before. The physical & occupational therapists asked lots of questions so hopefully more people like me can get out in the world again & “have a life”. Everyday I walk with Emmy & my harness I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the freedom & ability to go places without my cane or walker.I LOVE both the quick release collar and locking jaw snap on the leads. It makes it so easy to get on & off as well as change lead length from walking to resting.Again, so many things to be thankful for this year & finding you is at the top of my list.

  13. fggfh@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    – Jan 8th 2013:
    This is by far the best support harness ever! Killian adjusted to it very well. The harness and my wonderful dog have saved a fall more times than I can say not to mention the never ending aid in balance support. Thank you BLD for a job well done. No regreets. Will do future business!!!!!

  14. fnldfjs@yahoo.com
    5 out of 5

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    I wish I could give Katrina ten starts. I’ve had my harness for less then a day, but I’m already so much more confident in my balance that I can actually walk with my head up to the horizon, a first in a long time. I was blessed to live close enough to Katrina that she could do the fitting work in person, and she is just the sweetest, most helpful person I could have hoped to do business with. I’m so happy.

    My harness handle doesn’t shift or wobble- at all- not even a little bit. The ergonomic handle is worth the extra change, it has the perfect positioning for my hand and elbow that makes using the harness feel so natural.

    We did also get the cape in red and the ill strap. Maple looks professional and stylish.

    Previously I had another harness which made Maple harness shy and resistant to work, along with taking forever to put on. In the bold lead, maple is clearly comfortable and adjusted within hours of wearing it.

    I will from now on only shop and support bold lead design for all my SD needs.

  15. ragsdalemb@yahoo.com
    5 out of 5

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    I just wanted to say thank you for making such awesome harnesses. You really made a harness that is comfortable for Raven and me. She loves this harness and prefers to work in it even on my good days!! I would recommend this harness to anyone that has a mobility service dog!! Its very durable and long lasting and its great that we are able to replace parts if needed instead of buying a whole new harness!!! Thank you!!!!

  16. lgraf1196@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    To All Who Crafted Mojo and My Stability Harness…..THANK YOU!
    The product is everything you say about the quality and craftmanship I receive- It’s one to be treasured and used with delight by us both! I am so glad that your company was accessed for my needs and the need’s of others. Best of luck and may your business remain five-star!

  17. jmcallister0@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    Bradley’s new harness arrived today!!!. . . It is wonderful. Bold Lead Designs this is the best harness Bradley and I have ever had or seen. He didn’t fuss at getting it on, he just slipped right into it. It’s well padded for him. The handles are perfect for him and for me. Your harness is the first one I’ve ever seen that has the extra strap under his stomach which makes it so secure for me. And the release buckles will be easier than anything we’ve had. The way you have the front chest straps make it better for Bradley and sturdier for me. I’m really happy. I like the release on the handle too. It will allow him to go under the table at restaurants and in church. This is very well designed.
    I will send pictures.
    Thank You Bold Lead Designs and Thank you National MS Society
    -Jeannine

  18. tgainsbrough@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I had been debating getting a new harness for a while. I had purchased other harnesses, they either slide around or my service dog was so uncomfortable in them that she didn’t even want to put them on. I got this one in the mail and she couldn’t stop sniffing it. I got it all set up put it on her and she acted as if she wasn’t wearing a harness. She was able to jump in the car, trot around and definitely felt more comfortable that any other harness. It was well worth the month and the mobility handle helped greatly with my balance/dizziness problems. I could feel the dog move underneath the handle unless other soft handles and was able to use that very easily even without putting much pressure on the dog.

  19. lady.realtor@earthlink.net
    5 out of 5

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    I ordered my MSH about 18 months ago and it has been a pure godsend for me!
    Several times when I have gotten overbalanced I was able to hold the handle and steady myself instead of falling.
    Rachel my beautiful standard poodle is so comfortable in the harness she will fall asleep under the table when we go to restaurants, or for coffee. Rachel totally approves of the fit and feel of this wonderful harness as do I. And the over the shoulder leashes are awesome as well, I have sent many many people to BLD with the highest praise for the products. I will never buy a leash anywhere else!!!

    Awesome products Katrina and crew.

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