“ Animals Equipment Type: Dog Equipment „
Regular readers of my reviews will know that I have been seeking the perfect harness for my dog Molly. This journey began in "Pets At Home" with a very unsuccessful purchase in the form of their "Stop Pull Harness". This useless item was, in all credit to them, fully refunded enabling me to continue in my quest to find an alternative.
Molly is a Shih Tzu, and common to others of her breed has an acute sense of adventure. This overpowers all her other senses of danger, and would lead her into mischief in the least, and injury in the worst, so a comfortable harness which is safe is of paramount importance.
If you are a new dog owner it might be worth saying here that many dogs will go through life with a simple lead attached to their collars, and will never get into trouble or injury. However, as I may have mentioned in other reviews one of my daughters is a vet, and she had verified on several occasions the importance of adequate restraint, which makes slipping the lead impossible, because even the most trustworthy of dogs could act of out character in certain situations.
Purchasing a harness was actually very difficult the second time around. My last purchase was over 10 years ago, and has lasted well but was beginning to show signs of wear. After reading several very complimentary reviews I decided to opt for the Ferplast Ergocomfort Harness. Reading reviews on the Petplanet website written by customers who were delighted with the product gave me confidence, and I would highly recommend this approach before making a decision, something I regret not doing with the Pets At Home harness. Ferplast are a company which began in Northern Italy over 40 years ago, and are well known for producing quality items throughout the pet market.
Retailing for £20.42 for the size I purchased this is quite an expensive harness, but when you consider the quality and the safety features this is, in my opinion, a superb choice. I did actually purchase this from Pet Planet themselves, and I was delighted to see that they would offer a refund if I was in any way unhappy with the product or the fitting.
Prior to purchase it is advised that you measure your dog around the neck and also around the chest. These two figures then guide you to the perfect fit. There is "Extra Small" through to "Large" in the range. Molly was large for the "Extra Small", but only just over the threshold for "Small", but I did opt for this as I though she would be larger than the smallest size which is usually for toy dog breeds. Shih Tzus are stocky little dogs, and as the measurements were within the margins I thought small would be perfect, and it was.
The harness is a perfect fit. It is so simple to clip round as it has two straps which have a slide in buckle clip with a push release mechanism. Compared to many harnesses this is so simple to put on. First you secure the neck collar, then the chest strap. Molly was quick to learn the procedure and obliged by lifting one leg at a time to help, and finally the lead can be attached to the o ring which is nicely positioned at the top.
Well made sturdy and strong, this product is a quality item for which I have nothing but praise. It comes in a choice of colours. I chose red to go with my existing lead, but you also have the option of purchasing a lead which matches if you prefer. Red is actually red and black in reality, but this looks good, and to be honest it could have been tangerine with gold spots and green diamonds, and it would still have delighted, as anyone familiar with my previous quest for a new harness will know it was far from a simple affair!
The larger sizes carry a slightly higher price tag rising to £29.99 for the large.
This isn't my first encounter with Ferplast, I have purchased pet items before and have been highly delighted. Having recently returned from a 2 week trip to The Outer Hebrides with Molly I can say that the harness has performed very well indeed. Molly has been walked off her feet, but never once have I been worried about the harness and its capabilities.
It is 10/10 for comfort and fit.
It is 10/10 for being sturdy made with high quality materials.
It is 10/10 for my opinion of its safety.
I would recommend this product to anyone. It excels in all areas and is fantastic value for money. Molly has been a joy to walk even in the presence of sheep, which certainly excite her rather too much. What I really love is the speed I can have the harness fitted and removed in seconds allowing for hassle free dog care.
My daughter has a new Golden Retriever puppy and she will no doubt be purchasing this for her new puppy, Rosie, before too long. Pet Planet were so helpful, their website contained all the information I needed including the reviews which were priceless, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them as a company. Now we can meander along river banks where Molly loves to spend time in the knowledge that she is safe and comfortable. This is journey's end as far as dog harnesses go - a brilliant product.