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This is a revolutionary harness that I think all Yorkie owners should consider when purchasing a new harness.
As the owner of a Yorkie, I learned very early on that harnesses are the only way to go when walking with a leash. Collars are unacceptable because of the pressure they put on the throat and the potential damage they can cause. Harnesses are best when walking a Yorkie, but they are not all created equal. Their designs have evolved over the years and in the late 1990′s the next revolution in harnesses emerged.
First, let me say that most harnesses look like two collars with some straps between them. This “typical” harness was always difficult for me to get to fit properly. The front strap would always ride up on Catherine’s neck and be just as dangerous as a collar alone. Her little chest doesn’t protrude enough and her body is so small that a regular harness just wasn’t safe. I generally used a harnessed piece of clothing when taking her on walks – in the winter it was a snowsuit with a D-ring to clip the leash to and during the warmer months it was a dress with a D-ring. While this solution worked, it became pretty annoying to have to dress my dog to take her outside. But, what could I do? Her odd, little body was just not safe in a typical harness.
So, what makes a Buddy Belt different? The design for sure. I had never seen anything like it. Laid out flat, they look like spectacles. The design ensures that there will be a snug fit and that the harness will not put any pressure on the structures of the neck – the pressure will remain at the chest. The harness is made of leather and is highly durable and strong. Also, since the adjustment is all at the top, in a belt design, they are not confusing at all. The Buddy Belt is very easy to step in and out of, making it easy to take on and off and use multiple times a day with no hassle.
For me, this harness has all of the features I have been looking for, so I had to buy one and see for myself. The result: Catherine and I both absolutely LOVE the Buddy Belt! It is so easy to take on and off – no more fumbling with typical harnesses and adjusting them over and over again. No more riding up on the neck. And, no more tangled, messy hair. Since we have been keeping Catherine’s hair long, the problem with clothing has been the tangled mess her hair is left in after a walk. With the Buddy Belt, her hair stays in place and doesn’t end up a tangled nightmare when we get home.
I originally bought a Buddy Belt for my 7lb toy poodle, Charlie, because he has a partially collapsed trachea.
He needed this harness to prevent frequent coughing. Recently, I found another benefit for my Buddy Belt. Charlie sprained his left front leg and did not want to go for his daily walk. After a couple of days, I knew he wanted to see all his doggie friends. so I used the Buddy Belt like the dog show trainers do. I kept the lead short and walked Charlie right beside me, keeping upward pressure on the belt. His chest, then, bore his weight rather than his front legs. This allowed Charlie to walk without undo pressure on his sprain and enjoy time with his friends until he fully recuperated.
This is easily the best harness i have ever had. Functional and attractive. What else do you need?
So I finally bought a Buddy Belt, after years of wondering what all the hullabaloo was about…Koa has owned every single other harness on the market (that would be a total of like 20. He had a too small puppia for awhile, then a too big one, and he still has one puppia and two hip doggies and they’re okay. He dislikes being anything but naked. He sulks when it’s time to gear up for going out but seems to accept the Buddy Belt above the others. Over the past few months, he developed what seemed like a sensitivity to anything against his skin. He’d be walking down the trail scratching every 2 feet where the plastic buckles on his collar and harness are.I had some acupuncture done on him to help his immune system and decided to break from the synthetic materials of past harnesses and it was time to finally get a Buddy Belt. I always liked that they didn’t have a bumpy clasp right at the side so the dog lays down on it (it’s more toward the top). I was THRILLED to find you make a special “Natural” leather one since the nylons where what we were going away from in the first place. I love this harness to pieces. The quality and fit are exquisite. Size 8 fits him perfectly at 49 lbs and a 27-28 inch girth. The ethical manufacturing, that energy, I feel it radiating from the product literally. I was worried about stiffness and chafing and the truth is that the way it gradually breaks in and conforms to the body has been a beautiful process to witness. I love the scent of the veg leather. I love the branded logo. Chafing has been nonexistent. AND in combination with the acupuncture (ironically the harness arrived the day of the appointment) the itching is drastically reduced now! Hes also much less restless and less inclined to overheat (that’s probably the acupuncture– I guess this is two testimonials in one) Koa just feels better in the Buddy Belt. In addition the perk for me is that he is much less inclined to “forget” not to pull. He used to always need a reminder. He’s much more even keeled on the leash. Finally, I have much greater confidence in the Buddy Belt as a car restraint / seat belt than any other big bulky harness car specific on the market (many that go RIGHT up to the neck!). Not to say that anything will guarantee safety in the event of an accident, but I always felt like plastic buckles were a sadly ignorant product flaw.
Here’s to Buddy Belt! We are fans for life!
When we first got Aerial she was 8 weeks old. Our breeder told us about this wonderful item, the Buddy Belt. We had never owned a dog before and so I wasn’t quite sure what to do and just waited a few days. My trainer had told me about a specific collar to purchase–so I did. She was soooo small when we got her (about 2 lbs.) and everything was just too big. Although she was small she was very active and not having a collar was not such a good idea. I tried putting on the collar and she hated it tremendously. It bothered me soooo much to pull this little 2 lb. fluff ball by her neck.
I then remembered about this wonderful product my breeder told me about and called Roxanne. She was such a great help to us. We went to her home where we met Buddy and she measured Aerial right away. This was great now because I could pull her how I wanted without worrying about her little neck snapping. As Aerial was just a small puppy and always playing, she somehow after a few weeks kept putting her Buddy Belt in her mouth and slowly chewed it at one end. I called Roxanne and she was not around. I remembered her telling me she would be away for a few weeks. So what was I going to do? I went to a few pet stores. I purchased a couple that seemed like they would do the job, but they were horrible. Hard and thick on Aerial’s skin. Nothing out there could ever replace our Buddy Belt. After leaving a few messages, poor Roxanne called and wanted to mail me one from out east. We waited the few days for her to come home and she mailed me the Buddy Belt right away. Roxanne is a very good person. She always was patient and took the time whenever we had any problems. The Buddy Belt has to be the best item ever made for dogs. I know if I am every walking Aerial and a large dog comes towards her I can just pick her up by the leash and I know she would not get hurt. I would recommend the Buddy Belt to anyone who truly loves their pets. Thanks Roxanne from me and mostly Aerial.
The best thing is that I can put this off and on, unlike the [other] harness, which was so difficult to figure out. We are very happy with the Buddy Belt.
Thanks so much for dropping those collars off!! Beau’s fits beautifully, even though he’s going through one of his bone rack phases. Oreo’s fits fine, she might be one for a custom fit when she’s older, she’s such a mini tank. BUT after walking Oreo on the buddy belt, NO regurgitation at all and her surgery site was not bothered one bit!!
Thanks again SO SO much,
We just purchased two BUDDY BELT’s from Muttropolis here in San Diego for our two Mini Dachshunds. So far, we are extremely pleased with them!
Our 7 year old male, Stretch, has been battling fear aggression since he was a puppy. His mother dog attacked him at 5 weeks old, and to boot, he had no litter mates. Socialization and positive, calm experiences have been a key in keeping his life and ours emotionally fulfilling and satisfying. On walks, Stretch would appear fearful most of the time (tail down, ears down, constantly looking behind him). He just couldn’t wait to get back home and wouldn’t relieve himself until he got back to his own back yard. At times though, when other dogs would cross paths with us, he would act aggressively, pulling and lunging at them while wearing a conventional collar. We would be forced to pull back tightly on the leash, which seemed to egg him on even more as the conventional collar restrained him by the neck. Definitely, a conditional response was created based on the misinterpreted messages he was getting from us each time we came across another dog. Our dog behaviorist told us that Stretch thinks that we are telling him that whatever is approaching is definitely a threat, by pulling tightly on the leash, causing the collar to tighten around his neck, aggravating him even more and eventually causing him to choke and gasp for air. Definitely a bad experience from beginning to end. 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! Proudly almost. He can’t seem to figure out what’s going on. He can’t figure out if he actually has a collar on, as strange as that may sound. It’s almost as if he thinks he’s getting away with something! It’s very humorous. Other dogs approach and he ignores them, even wags his tail.
Our other Dachsie, Lily, a two-year old female, is doing great as well with the BUDDY BELT! She is an extremely well-adjusted little soul. Her only problem was pulling on walks. She would pull and pull with a conventional collar until she choked. Now, with the BUDDY BELT, she too thinks that she’s getting away with something, and no more pulling! She walks happily next to the rest of the family.
Thank-you so much for your wonderful product!!
Elke Reed & Stretch & Lily
San Diego, CA
We recommend the Buddy Belt to complete strangers, at the park or just on the street. It is comfortable, durable, and so easy to put on. Our dog, Igwet, loves hers, and we think they are so fantastic we got the smallest size for our bearded dragon, Rex! Now he can go out for walks, too!
Kevin & Sam Sorbo
We splurged and bought our Yorkie, Bella, a buddy belt for her 2nd birthday. The Buddy Belt definitely lives up to its claims! The belt is very comfortable for her and has gotten softer over time. She has had it for over a year now and it is worth every penny! Bella gets a lot of compliments on her Buddy Belt and we talk up the brand to other dog owners. Overall the Buddy Belt is an awesome product!
Chelsea is a Patterdale Terrier. A Rescue Dog with a few issues. I have had her now for a little over one year. She is a wonderful and very loving dog, however, not so great on a leash! For a 17 lb dog she is surprisingly strong.
Not wanting to injure her with a regular dog collar, in the past year I have tried every dog harness on the market. The problem is that Chelsea is a big dog in a 17 lb body. She has a neck measurement of 11” and her “girth” measures 17.5”. Regular harnesses simply were not designed for her body type…If the neck fit, the torso did not….I finally found the Buddy Belt searching online. The idea of it only needed to fit around her torso, sounded like exactly what we needed. I ordered the “splash” design.
Not only does it fit her PERFECTLY. It is made of super soft leather. It looks adorable. (We have already received compliments.) I can tell that Chelsea feels much more comfortable in Buddy Belt. But the best part….My wild child is much easier to control with the buddy belt! It is so much easier to use than anything we have tried before. Two steps in, buckle and we are ready to roll.
Thank you so much for thinking outside the box with the Buddy Belt. It makes perfect sense! And, it has made our walks so much happier!! I cannot thank you enough for this FANTASTIC product!