BLD’s NEW premium quality leather harness has been developed and tested with the K-9 handlers and Military Working Dogs at Buckley Air Force Base and abroad.
At a glance:
- Multi-purpose: tracking, scent work, search & rescue, patrol, service dog, walking/hiking, etc.
- Thick padded Y breast collar and belly pad for proper distribution of pressure
- Optimal comfort with 3-points of padding: breast, belly pad UNDER the dog’s chest, and back
- 5-point adjustment — fit is guaranteed! (NO need to adjust each time!)
- Easy on and off with 2 latch design (NO feeding leg through or fussing with buckles)
- Choice of latch style: Quick-Release, or Spring Snap
- Grab-Handle on the top of harness for pulling, restraining, lifting, or balance
- Premium American leather is thick and flexible, all edges beveled smooth (never stiff!)
- Genuine shearling wool sheepskin padding wears like iron
- Top quality rust-free solid brass hardware has minimal contact with dog’s body
- LONG backed harness now available for really big and long dogs
See Size/Color & Harness Options tab for details on all the available options.
Broad Y-shaped Breast Collar: The dog can really pull hard into this harness. The 3-point Y-shape of the breast collar pad keeps pressure off the dog’s trachea and shoulders and directs it into their sternum and chest. Its shape allows full range of motion for the dog’s legs and shoulders and is soft and flexible to conform to the dog’s anatomy. Fully padded with thick sheepskin for comfort. Most pulling pressure is under the dog’s ribs, so the girth pad is wide and padded as well so the pressure is distributed over the dog’s core.
Lead Attachments: We’ve included two heavy-duty attachment points for attaching your lead, depending on where you’d like the leash pressure. Choose the D-ring on the top of the harness for a forward point or use the O-ring on the handle loop to position the leash further back.
Grab handle: Well balanced on the top of the dog to offer pulling, restraint, lifting, or stability. 1? wide leather is heavy-weight and very comfortable in the hand. It’s reinforced to distribute pressure into both the breast collar and under the chest. Can be used for holding the dog back, front end lifting, or even as a balance handle on a mobility service dog. The handle is about 2? tall.
5-Point Adjustment: Includes five adjustment points that are essential to tailor the fit for your dog’s anatomy and proportions: Left and right shoulder, left and right girth strap, and between front legs (martingale). This makes it easy to fit the harness to other dogs of similar size.
Easy On-and-Off: Harness slips over the dog’s head, then clips around the dog’s girth/chest. Adjust the harness once, then put it on and take it off with ease. No need to thread the dog’s leg through or fumble with adjustments each time!
Durable Construction details: We use only premium quality, rust-free hardware, including solid brass buckles, D-rings, and O-rings (or chrome plated for a silver finish with stainless steel O-rings). Screw posts are used for assembling the harness for reliability. We never use cheap rivets or stitching for structural components. The stitching we use is for attaching padding, not for holding the harness together! Additionally, the harness is designed so the hardware has minimal contact with the dog for long-term comfort and to minimize rubbing or pressure points.
Genuine shearling wool padding: We’ve lined the harness with thick, premium sheepskin at all the pressure point spots for comfort and to distribute pressure correctly. The belly padding UNDER the chest offers optimal comfort and weight distribution because this is the location of most of the force when restraining or lifting the dog. The top of the harness is padded to protect the dog’s spine and keep the latches off the dog’s body. Plus, the breast collar is lined as mentioned above. Our shearling/sheepskin is the real deal–it wears like iron for a lifetime of durability and comfort for your dog. This natural material is breathable, super comfortable, non-irritating, does not build up heat like synthetics, and is great for all climates. Yes, it’s easy to maintain and is washable! See the Harness Care tab for more information.
Safety considerations: This harness is NOT to be used as a safety restraint. It is not crash test rated or intended as a seat belt harness, or a tie-out. Always supervise your dog while using this equipment, do not leave a dog unattended with any harness. Dogs should be physically mature to perform any load-bearing or pulling work. Not designed as or recommended for heavy or full-time wheelchair pulling, as this is a challenging asymmetrical task for a dog to perform.
- Medium: girth/chest size of 28-32″ (71-81 cm), dogs approximately 50-65 pounds.
- Suggested breeds: most Malinois, most pit bulls, smaller retrievers, etc.
- Large: girth/chest size of 32-36″ (81-91 cm), dogs approximately 60-95 pounds.
- Suggested breeds: German Shepherd, Doberman, large Lab or Golden Retriever, Am. Staffordshire, female Rottweiler, Blood Hound.
- Extra Large: girth/chest size of 36-40″ (91-102 cm), dogs approximately 90-140 pounds.
- Suggested breeds: Large GSD, Great Dane, Rottweiler, Bernese Mountain Dog
- XXL: Girth over 40″ dogs approximately 140 pounds and up
- XL and XXL sizes available in LONG style by request (top piece is 6 inches longer, with 2-d-rings, to extend further down the back), as seen on the picture of the bloodhound:
Need something different? Contact us to discuss a custom order. Please note that due to the substantial nature of our leather and hardware, we cannot make this harness any smaller.
Choose the latch style:
- Quick-Release Buckles: metal side-release buckles. These buckles are easy to use and are low profile. This style adjusts with Conway buckles around the dog’s girth/chest for a smooth, comfortable strap around the dog’s girth/chest. No clanking hardware.
- Spring Snaps: large spring snaps clip onto d-rings on the top of the harness. This style adjusts with regular tongue buckles on the dog’s sides. Faster and easier to adjust if frequent changes are necessary.
Leather & Hardware Color
Our leather comes in two colors: tan and black.
Our standard leather/hardware color combinations are:
- Black leather with stainless steel/silver colored hardware
- Tan leather with brass/gold colored hardware
*If you would like a different leather/hardware color combination, select the option “Make with OTHER Color Hardware”.
*Note: brass hardware can stain white/light coated dogs. Sometimes the oil in dogs’ coats can create tarnish, a harmless chemical reaction.
About our leather:
Our Golden TAN BRIDLE leather is 100% American vegetable-tanned leather, made with NO dyes or toxic metallic chemicals. Reminiscent of fine English horse tack, this leather is superior in quality to any other leash you’ve seen. Every leash is HAND-OILED to bring out the softness, so your leash arrives supple and feels great in your hands immediately and only improves with age. The color will darken with use and age.
Our lovely BLACK LATIGO leather is solid black, and superior to ordinary leashes in texture and quality, cut from select USA hides. It is incredibly durable, yet is very flexible. Feels great in your hands and will simply get better with age.
Leather care is easy! Don’t worry too much, and don’t be afraid to use your items — we promise leather is incredibly resilient, and regular weather won’t hurt it. If you think your item looks dirty, dry, or just need a little extra love, pouring a little leather conditioner on a cloth, and rubbing it in like lotion will usually do the trick. Baths and a jaunt in the river are just fine, but you might want to offer a little conditioner to your products afterwards. Saltwater can be harsh, so after a visit to the ocean, a good rinse in fresh water and proper conditioning will help preserve and protect your treasured leash or collar. See our Leather Care page for more specific information.
Luckily, the harnesses are easy to clean and maintain! Simply apply leather conditioner regularly to keep harness supple & weather resistant and clean the wool lining using a brush and vacuum.
Your harness can also be hand washed if needed. Here is a video on how to hand wash your harness:
The proper fit for each harness is assured by our Great Fit Guarantee. Our famous Lifetime Warranty, plus BLD’s excellent customer support, is standard with everything we make in our workshop.
Great Fit Guarantee
All new harnesses and custom service dog equipment come with a Great Fit Guarantee. Every effort is made to produce a harness that fits your dog perfectly. If we made an error, or a fit adjustment is needed, we will correct it at no cost to you within the first 4 weeks of delivery. This includes new parts and standard shipping. If inaccurate information or measurements were given when the order was placed, we will still adjust your harness or fabricate new parts at no charge to ensure the correct fit, but shipping costs will apply. (There may be additional charges for a change of size and/or features as well.) Sorry, no refunds or returns are accepted on custom-made service dog harnesses. We will do our best to be sure you have the right equipment, properly fitted, and we promise to be here if you have questions.
We proudly stand behind the quality of our products. Bold Lead Designs’ handcrafted leather & Brahma products are guaranteed against defects in materials and craftsmanship for life!
If your BLD harness ever breaks or is damaged from regular use due to materials or craftsmanship flaws, contact Bold Lead Designs for a replacement or repair at no charge. There is no time limit. Customer is responsible for shipping charges.
If you ever have issues or questions about your equipment, contact us at the workshop so we can help find a solution! Non-warranty repairs and service may be available for a nominal repair charge. Replacement parts may be available for purchase.
Warranty is limited to replacement or repair of covered product only, and does not cover chewing, neglect, misuse, normal wear, or customer alterations. Bold Lead Designs reserves the right to determine if a repair or replacement is covered by our warranty. Items we don't make in our workshop, like accessories and consumable items, are excluded. Note: any item sold as used or imperfect or marked with a star is excluded from any warranty or guarantee.
Limitation of Damages:
Guarantee/Warranty is limited to replacement or repair of product only. Bold Lead Designs, LLC, or its associates, cannot be responsible for any claims or liabilities beyond the scope of the guarantee. Chewing, neglect and misuse, customer alterations, and items marked with a star void all warranties. No other warranties, expressed or implied, are made. User assumes all responsibility for proper and safe use of products and care of animal. Customer pays for shipping for warranty claims. See our warranty page for complete details.