Posted 3 months ago ago
"They use them on police dogs as they're really tough and sturdy" said my friend and fellow Labrador owner as I sought her advice on all things dog related.
Having used a Julius-K9 harness for months, she reckoned it was the best around, so we had high hopes of a good result with our power puller Milo.
It went on him no problem, the large front opening making it easy to slip over his head and the adjustable chest and belly straps making for a comfortable fit.
There's a lot to be said for a one-buckle fastening when you're trying to pin down your wriggly pup to get out of the door.
With a dog that tends to pull like billy-o - he's still in training - it was never going to stop that altogether and the treats and praise are still needed at this stage.
But the design and robust material gives us the confidence to know that we're in control - and the tough handle attached to the back is an added bonus for grabbing hold of him easily when needed.
There's obviously a reason these are used with service dogs and it's not just because they look the business.
While it's not such an issue at this time of year, the fluorescent Julius-K9 lettering and reflective strips are reassuring for the winter months and a selection of fun velcro labels are also available.
You can use any lead with the harness but we tried the EzyDog ZeroShock lead, which has a highly sprung bungee system to absorb any sudden shocks made by your dog.
This came in particularly handy when Milo chose to dart for a passing pigeon.
The bungee strap doesn't mean the lead feels any weaker though - like the harness, you can tell it's made of tough stuff - and there's an extra handle at the end of it making it easier to grab your dog closer to the collar or harness you're using it with.
The Julius-K9 Powerharness is a web exclusive with Pets at Home, costing £42. The EzyDog ZeroShock lead is also from Pets at Home and costs £24.