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Harness suggestion for a large head

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We currently have the Ruffwear Front Range harness and a similar one from Embark Adventures. I like everything about these except the fact that Tomo's face is so large... If I adjust the upper chest so it fits snugly, then it's difficult to pull over his face. If I adjust it for his head circumference, then it's loose around his chest.

So, I'm looking for a clip on harness that has a clip for the upper chest in addition to the clips at the ribs, to use in the car and on walks once out of the car. Any suggestions?

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quick to put on
comfortable!
ring or carry handle at the back to use in car with the seatbelt
a ring at front or side for "easy walk" (I can clip the leash to the collar but it's nice to have an alternative if he's pulling really hard)

I know there's step-in harnesses (only going through his legs), but he doesn't seem to like wearing them as much. But if that's the only other option, we can do more training to like those.
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Exhibit A of his large face lol

This is the Embark harness
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Luke used the Ruffwear Front Range harness. I didn't have a problem with fit and he had a big chest. I don't know if his head was larger than others. Tomo is so cute!
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Check out the Perfect Fit harness - it comes in three pieces (which might help your head issue). I use it for tracking - the sizing is really bang on, and the shipping and shipping time were surprisingly good on both fronts (the company is in the UK, but they ship to the U.S. and Canada).

https://www.dog-games-shop.co.uk/per...g-harness.html

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Looks more like a "regal" head to me!

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It looks like he has a nice collar. I would just use that. Harnesses encourage pulling. That's why you see them on sled dogs. Maybe some obedience classes to help you teach him not to pull if it's a big problem.


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Check out the Perfect Fit harness - it comes in three pieces (which might help your head issue). I use it for tracking - the sizing is really bang on, and the shipping and shipping time were surprisingly good on both fronts (the company is in the UK, but they ship to the U.S. and Canada).

https://www.dog-games-shop.co.uk/per...g-harness.html
Thanks, I'll check it out!

e: Oooh, there's buckles between the top and the front pieces!! Exactly what I'm looking for, THANK YOU!

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Looks more like a "regal" head to me!
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It looks like he has a nice collar. I would just use that. Harnesses encourage pulling. That's why you see them on sled dogs. Maybe some obedience classes to help you teach him not to pull if it's a big problem.
Thanks, I do really like the quality of his collar! It's the Orvis personalized reflective collar.

We're working on walking nicely (I'll stop or back up if he pulls hard), but some days when I'm running late for work or trying to get somewhere on time so I don't have the time to train, I'm supposed to use a different command (and allow him the freedom to pull a bit). Also we use a harness restraint in the car, and we're in the car probably 6 days out of the week since he goes to daycare.
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Thanks, I'll check it out!

e: Oooh, there's buckles between the top and the front pieces!! Exactly what I'm looking for, THANK YOU!

Yes - the three pieces all "click" together - not quite buckles, but that hard plastic that clicks into each other. I love it. It's fleece padded, and you can leave it all connected the way I do, or you can put it on in separate pieces, which I think you save you from having to pull it over his head.

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