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  1. What is a Buddy Belt?
  2. What is so special about a Buddy Belt?
  3. How do I care for my Buddy Belt?
  4. What inspired the making of Buddy Belt?
  5. What is the size range for Buddy Belts?
  6. Does the Buddy Belt work with all breeds?
  7. How many Buddy Belts will a dog need in its lifetime?
  8. How do I know what size Buddy Belt my dog needs?
  9. The Buddy Belt fits snugly around the front legs. Does it ever cause chafing?
  10. Does the Buddy Belt meet with professional approval?
  11. Has the Buddy Belt saved lives?
  12. Can Buddy Belt be worn on my pet for an extended period of time?
  13. Can the Buddy Belt stop my dog from pulling?
  14. Can a Buddy Belt be worn in the rain?
  15. Can a Buddy Belt be worn while swimming?
  16. Is it possible to wear a sweater or coat with the Buddy Belt?
  17. What are the current Buddy Belt colours?
  18. How does the price of a Buddy Belt compare to other harnesses on the market?
  19. Where does a leash and ID tag(s) attach?
  20. Why are Buddy Belts made with leather instead of nylon or some other material?
  21. Should I take any precautions when applying my pet’s liquid flea treatment, considering that it is applied
  22. What warranty exists for my Buddy Belt?

What is a Buddy Belt?

A Buddy Belt is a harness designed to reduce stress on your pet’s neck.

What is so special about a Buddy Belt?

Buddy Belt has a unique patented design that makes it easy to use. It has only one buckle and slips on in seconds. The most important aspect of the design is the reduction of pressure on the throat or trachea. Pressure on this area over time has been shown to cause problems. In some cases, this pressure can significantly affect your dog’s health and, potentially, its lifespan.

How do I care for my Buddy Belt?

Buddy Belts are made of leather. Before initial wear, it is highly recommended that you treat your Buddy Belt with a quality water and stain repellent product. If your Buddy Belt gets wet, allow it to dry flat at room temperature. Never put leather in the dryer or near a heat source. For suede Buddy Belts, buff with a soft towel to restore the surface. Try to avoid products with silicone and/or wax as these ingredients tend to break down the natural oils in leather. Apply product initially and every two to three months after with regular wear. Please note that the Buddy Belt is not intended for swimming or other full water play. To clean your Buddy Belt, gently blot liquid stains with a damp cloth. In the event of salt stains from winter wear, wipe with a clean, damp cloth after each wear and dry naturally. Re-treat as necessary.

What inspired the making of Buddy Belt?

The first Buddy Belt was made for ‘Buddy’, a miniature Dachshund. He was coughing and pulling. Other harnesses were complicated to use and were bulky on his body. Also, other harnesses had a strap that pressed on his trachea.

What is the size range for Buddy Belt?

Buddy Belts are available in 11 sizes to meet the needs of most dogs sized teacup, toy and standard (2 to 100+ pounds).

Does the Buddy Belt work with all breeds?

Buddy Belt has been very successful for most breeds. Breeds with extremely thin bodies or dogs that are very large (over 100 pounds) may require custom made Buddy Belts.

How many Buddy Belts will a dog need in its lifetime?

From a puppy to adulthood, the average dog will require 3 Buddy Belts. A Buddy Belt, if taken care of properly, will last many years. Buddy Belt wearers usually have one Buddy Belt for everyday wear and one for special occasions. There are many Buddy Belt wearers that have a different Buddy Belt for every occasion.

How do I know what size Buddy Belt my dog needs?

Please see our Measure & Fit page for step-by-step instructions to properly fit your pet with a Buddy Belt harness.

The Buddy Belt fits snugly around the front legs. Does it ever cause chafing?

First of all it’s important to remember that all dogs are unique and some may be more sensitive and need more time to adjust to their new Buddy Belt. In very rare instances a dog may experience sensitivity around the front armpit areas. As with a new pair of leather shoes, there may be some discomfort before the Buddy Belt is broken in. It is important to monitor your dog’s behavior when first wearing their Buddy Belt. Observe how they walk as well as inspect their underarm area after initial periods of wear. Extra soft removable Buddy Belt liners are recommended for sensitive dogs or simply as added comfort until the Buddy Belt softens and customizes it’s shape to fit your dog.

Does the Buddy Belt meet with professional approval?

Yes. Buddy Belt continues to be tried and tested in the field. Both animal chiropractors and veterinarians have been endorsing the use of a Buddy Belt.

“FORM affects FUNCTION and function affects HEALTH!

Buddy Belt enhances proper function and health.”
As quoted by: Dr. Leo K. Rosenberg – Certified Animal Chiropractor

Has the Buddy Belt saved lives?

There have been hundreds of testimonials supporting the Buddy Belt, including a few life saving and life altering stories. In one case a small Westie was being attacked by a large dog. The owner’s instinct was to get her dog into her arms as quickly as possible. She succeeded by swinging around and lifting her dog by the leash up into her arms. Because the dog was small, and because the Buddy Belt did not put pressure on its neck, the dog was lifted safely into the arms of her owner. On another occasion a dog fell off the edge of a cliff and was safely lifted back up. Other dogs’ lives have improved simply due to the fact that there is no more stress on their throat. The Buddy Belt design has also made it easier to use for people with fine-motor difficulty.

Can Buddy Belt be worn on my pet for an extended period of time?

Yes. However, precautions should be taken if a Buddy Belt is left on a puppy, any sensitive dogs or a dog that is known to ‘chew’. If a dog is being crated for any period of time it is recommended that the Buddy Belt be removed.

Can the Buddy Belt stop my dog from pulling?

The Buddy Belt design reduces both stress and resistance on the neck, spine and throat. Buddy Belt gives back a dog’s mobility, allowing it to sniff and walk comfortably. This freedom naturally reduces the pulling.

Can a Buddy Belt be worn in the rain?

A Buddy Belt can be worn in the rain. As it is made of leather, it is highly recommended that you treat your Buddy Belt with a quality water and stain repellent product. If your Buddy Belt gets wet, allow it to dry flat at room temperature. Never put leather in the dryer or near a heat source. Refer to question 3, above, for full care instructions.

Can a Buddy Belt be worn while swimming?

It is not recommended for your dog to wear the Buddy Belt while swimming. Getting the harness wet will not affect the function of your harness, but it may damage the leather and cause the hardware to rust (especially if worn in salt water). If your Buddy Belt gets wet, allow it to dry flat at room temperature. Never put leather in the dryer or near a heat source. Refer to question 3, above, for full care instructions.

Is it possible to wear a sweater or coat with the Buddy Belt?

Yes. The Buddy Belt can be worn over top of a sweater or coat, provided that you have enough room for adjustability. Another option is to purchase a second Buddy Belt, one size larger, just for winter. There are some coats/sweaters that include a hole at the top in order to accommodate Buddy Belt so it can be worn underneath.

What are the current Buddy Belt colours?

Buddy Belts are available in two Collections: Premium and Luxury.
Premium Collection colours are solid colour leather and Luxury Collection colours are printed, patterned, textured or patent leather.

Please view our Colour Collections page for current colours.

How does the price of a Buddy Beltcompare to other harnesses on the market?

Buddy Belt is a premium product. Before discovering the Buddy Belt, several users said they spent a lot more money buying collars and harnesses that simply did not work, or that were difficult to use. Buddy Belt’s value lies in its design, fabrication and function, and in the fact that it provides better health and well being for both the dog and the owner.

Where does a leash and ID tag(s) attach?

Both the leash and ID tags are attached to the sliding o-ring. The o-ring slides to accommodate leash mobility while the Buddy Belt stays snugly in place. ID tags may also be attached to a BB Matching ID Collar.

Why are Buddy Belts made with leather instead of nylon or some other material?

The Buddy Belt design and production process requires a material that is ‘self-healing’. This means that once the material is cut, the edges will not fray. Leather is a natural material that has self-healing properties. Not only is leather durable, it also softens and moulds to the body for a custom fit. It is very important to note that leather is tear and puncture resistant.

Should I take any precautions when applying my pet’s liquid flea treatment, considering that it is applied between the shoulder blades directly beneath the Buddy Belt strap?

In some cases the leather and oil can create a problem, but this usually cleans up easily with mild soap and water. It is best to allow the treatment to sit for a few hours, if possible, before wearing the Buddy Belt.

What warranty exists for Buddy Belt?

Quality workmanship and care are engineered into every Buddy Belt product. Please see our Warranty Page

If you have any further questions or concerns please email us at: customerservice@buddy-belts.com

 

 

Testimonials

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Lilly and Rosie (Pugs)

I feel a little spoiled here in Paris, one becomes accustomed to the French style and Italian workmanship in leather goods but I have to say your product is definitely on par.

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Jabba the Pug

After 7 pet stores and about 13 harnesses we finally knew, as soon as the Buddy Belt was put on, the search was over!

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Jennifer's Boston Terrier

No more shaved, red chest from nylon harnesses, no more red irritated neck from collars.

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Owen the Super Dog and Daisy the Ladybug

The Buddy Belt have performed well above expectations in all situations including damp or snowy weather

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Tara's Bullies

Buy one, seriously, it will last a lifetime, they look and feel great and they’re humane. And they fit like a dream, no twisting and digging into the skin like the nylon harnesses!

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Taz

I love that the leash hook slides from side to side for full mobility.

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Izzy

She has gone from sounding like a dog in distress to being a canine in control.

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Oreo (Boston Terrier)

He doesn’t pull, he pays more attention to the walker

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Aimee's Lab mix

It was worth every penny as we both enjoy our walks much more now!

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Penelope (French Bulldog)

It is so easy to put on and looks different than every other harness in the market!

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Cindy's Bichon

I bought a Buddy Belt for my bichon. It saved his life last night.

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Ziggy (pug)

My little fella can stay warm and he looks super stylish in his soft leather harness.

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Auggy (English Bull Guy)

I had tried many combinations of halters and harnesses but Buddy’s works great.

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Sophia (Chihuahua)

[Sophia] moves more freely since the BB does not restrain her at all.

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Kyber (Belgian Shepherd)

BB is the best harness we’ve used. BB is perfect for all dogs and activities.

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DiDi, Adara, Summer, Ghost and Cappi (Toy Fox Terriers)

BB doesn’t constrict my Terriers movements in any way, shape or form. It’s like they don’t even know they’re wearing it!

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“Griffey” (Champion Jack Russell Terrier)

Without doubt, the design and materials have proven to be safe, effective and durable.

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Lil Sam (Chihuahuas)

The BUDDY BELT gets a FIVE-STAR rating from all of us.

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Mr. Binky (Yorkshire Terrier)

It was evident that it was very well thought out and especially well made. The leather, the buckle, everything was quality.

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Zero (Jack Russell Terrier)

Just to look at it and to feel it, you can tell it’s a quality product.

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Boo

The Buddy Belt comes NO WHERE NEAR MY TRACHEA, unlike all other collars and harnesses. I love it. I can walk as fast as I want and the Buddy Belt feels GREAT! No more hacking and coughing for me!

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Bichon

Best $100 I ever spent!

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Lucy

Thank you so much for this wonderful creation!

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Catherine

This harness has all of the features I have been looking for!

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Teddy

Bob and Sheila Martin

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Charlie

This is easily the best harness i have ever had.

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Koa

The quality and fit are exquisite.

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Aerial

Nothing out there could ever replace our Buddy Belt.

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Judy

The best thing is that I can put this off and on, unlike the [other] harness, which was so difficult to figure out.

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Beau & Oreo

After walking Oreo on the buddy belt, NO regurgitation at all and her surgery site was not bothered one bit!!

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Stretch & Lily

Before the BUDDY BELT, walks for our family were stressful and training method after training method failed us. Now, with the BUDDY BELT, Stretch walks with confidence!

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Rex the bearded dragon

We think they are so fantastic we got the smallest size for our bearded dragon, Rex! Now he can go out for walks, too!

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Bella

Bella

Overall the Buddy Belt is an awesome product!

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Chelsea loves her Buddy Belt!

Chelsea

Two steps in, buckle and we are ready to roll. It makes perfect sense! And, it has made our walks so much happier!!

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