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Dog Harnesses: The Ultimate Dog Trainer’s Guide

Dog Harnesses: The Ultimate Dog Trainer's Guide

A Primer for Dog Handlers, Trainers, and Hardcore Enthusiasts

Every K9 handler knows there’s an endless supply of dog gear they can purchase for their partner, and this is especially true for dog harnesses. On the one hand, it’s great to have so many options. The downside is with so much out there, knowing which harness to buy (and where to buy it) can be a challenge.

Our team at Ray Allen has been hard at work putting together a ton of different Tactical Dog Gear Guides to help our customers know what they need and where to get it. From Dog Leashes, Leads & Lines to E-Collars and Muzzles, we’ve covered a ton of different topics and products so far.

Although we already have a helpful Harness Comparison Chart and a Harness Sizing Chart, we haven’t written an extensive guide to cover everything a dog owner needs to know about harnesses. That is, until now!

Whether you’re a hardcore K9 handler or simply a dog lover, our Ultimate Dog Harness Guide will teach you everything you need to know before you purchase your next dog harness.

Dog Harness Definitions & Terminology

Many K9 handlers probably already know about the variety of materials, hardware, and features of different harnesses. But for those who don’t know, we’ve got all the information you need. These are some of the key terms you’ll need to know while shopping for a new harness.

Harness Materials


Ideal for all kinds of outdoor K9 duties, biothane is the brand name for a material made by the Biothane Coated Webbing Corporation. This American-made material (manufactured in Ohio) is made up of a polyester webbing with PVC coating, so it’s both durable and waterproof. We like this material because biothane K9 gear provides many of the same benefits as leather without all of the necessary upkeep.

When it comes to a badass dog harness that can go anywhere and handle anything, check out our Biothane Multifunction Harness. As the name suggests, this harness is ideal for any tkind of outdoor K9 work.

Leather-alternative material called biothane


Cordura is a nylon material blended with cotton and other natural fibers. You’ll often find it used in military-grade backpacks and K9 handler gear. We should note that all Cordura is the same. Each one has a “denier” rating that tells you the thickness of the fibers used in the fabric. The higher the denier rating, the heavier and more abrasive-resistant it is. The Cordura we carry ranges from 500 to 1000D, so you know it’s high quality! Many of our Cordura products also have a DWR rating, which stands for Durable Water Resistance

Better yet, all of the Cordura we use is made right here in the USA.

Our Modular Ballistic Vest is designed to protect working dogs from gunfire and other hazards. We use Cordura in the design because we trust that it can help keep your dog safe in any situation.

Cordura material


Leather is the perfect material for many different types of dog harnesses because it’s durable and won’t slip through a trainer’s hands when they have to grab the dog by the harness. Leather has been an industry standard for well over a century, and is excellent for harnesses from tactical K9s to working dogs of all job descriptions. Better yet, leather dog harnesses conform to a working dog’s body as it ages. Leather isn’t the ideal material for all situations, but we use leather in all sorts of our harnesses, collars, leashes, bite training gear, and more.

Leather is graded on its weight, measured in ounces. Most of our handmade leather products are crafted out of tight-grained, 12- to 14-ounce (which you’ll see written as .12 -.14) leather to ensure optimum durability and water resistance for our customers.

The two most popular ways to tan leather are veg tanning and chrome tanning. Veg tanning uses vegetable oil, while chrome tanning uses acid. We typically use veg-tanned leather because (as we touched on above) it breaks in better over time, resulting in a more comfortable fit for working dogs. Rest assured that all of the veg-tanned leather we use is made in America.

Our Quick Release Leather Harness is one of our best selling models. We even wrote a blog post about this harness!

Photo of high-quality Ray Allen leather


While you probably don’t want a hardcore working dog wearing a harness made entirely out of mesh (a strong K9 would pull right through it), we use this lightweight material in several of our models. Mesh is a very breathable material, which helps keep K9s cool and comfortable on hot days. Plus, it doesn't hold water and dries quickly, which reduces the amount of required maintenance.

The next time you and your K9 partner are performing any type of fieldwork, you can be confident knowing that your dog will be very grateful that their tactical harness is made partially out of mesh.

Mesh material for harnesses


Nylon is another harness material you’ve certainly heard of before, and it’s featured in a wide variety of our harnesses, especially in harnesses designed for military and police K9 work. Some K9 trainers prefer nylon harnesses to other materials because it’s 100% water-resistant and great for use in all sorts of settings.

Our MilSpec type 8 and MilSpec type 13 nylon webbing is treated with a resin impregnation that drastically improves its durability while only making the nylon a bit stiffer as a result. Military and police K9 units worldwide trust MilSpec type 8 and MilSpec type 13 nylon webbing for all of their dog gear.

Nylon material used in a harness

Harness Hardware

GT Cobra Buckle

When it comes to a badass name, the GT Cobra Buckle is at the top of the list. And true to its name, this is a badass piece of hardware. Designed by AustriAlpin and American-made by ITW, these buckles have a 500-pound load-bearing rating for use with even the strongest K9s. They also offer a “two-eared open” design, preventing an accidental release. In addition to using GT Cobra Buckles on many of our tactical harnesses (like the popular Icon Harness™) they’re perfect for collars and other K9 gear.

Be sure to check out our YouTube video, The Difference in Buckles on Dog Harnesses, Collars, and Other K9 Gear to learn more about your hardware options and for help choosing the right harness hardware for your dog.

GT Cobra Buckle

Metal Cobra Buckle

True to its name, a metal cobra buckle is just like the GT Cobra Buckle, but it’s made of high-quality metal. Since they’re made of wear-resistant metal, these metal cobra buckles are often stronger than GT Cobra Buckles. The metal cobra buckles we carry are also made by AustriAlpin and have a 2,500-pound load-bearing rating.

Like the GT model, police and military K9 units often use metal cobra buckles on tactical harnesses because the duel-ear release buckle prevents the piece from popping open when a working dog suddenly pulls or lunges forward.

Cobra Metal Buckle


Also called an “active D-ring,” our D-rings are stainless steel, brass coated rings secured to a harness. D-rings can either lay flat or pop upward, remaining stiff to clasp the end of a leash or line. Generally, the D-ring comes before the buckle in this style. D-rings have one of the most secure designs because dogs must pull against two layers of the harness when they lunge forward.

An image of a D-ring made of brass-coated stainless steel harness hardware.


A V-ring is a triangular or V-shaped ring suitable for efficient and quick deployment. The V-Ring is designed to easily release a K9 during a hostile situation and/or to chase and subdue. V-rings are either cast or machined metal, and ours feature a slot for 1 ¾” and other MilSpec webbings we offer. The V-Ring is possibly our favorite style of ring hardware, and we feature it on all sorts of our K9 gear.

An image of a triangular-shaped V-ring

Harness Features


Handles are typically located near the dog’s neck or around the dog’s back and provide better control over working dogs, which is crucial in intense police or military scenarios.

Most service dog harnesses also include a handle for additional control, ensuring their owners don’t need to rely on just a leash for their dogs to guide them around.

We have a vast selection of harnesses with handles to meet any of your needs, regardless of the work you're doing.

A close-up image of a dog harness handle.

Modular Capabilities

The Ray Allen Modular Harness System includes a variety of different harnesses and ten unique components. These components can be mixed and matched between the different harnesses and accessories, including bodies, frames, pouches, cooling packs, and more.

Modular capabilities aren’t necessary for every working dog, but they really come in handy for military and police K9s.

An image of a dog rappelling down a building in a dog harness.


MOLLE stands for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment and is commonly used on load-bearing equipment and backpacks used by the armed forces. The panels are rows of heavy-duty nylon fabric stitched onto our harnesses, vests, and other gear so you can easily attach MOLLE pouches and accessories to your equipment or K9’s gear.

Many of our dog backpacks feature MOLLE strips for handlers' convenience.

An image of MOLLE material, which stands for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment

Hook and Loop VELCRO®

VELCRO® is a key feature on many Ray Allen harnesses. VELCRO® strips stitched along the sides of harnesses allow K9 handlers to attach ID panels, patches, badges, and other accessories directly to the piece. Better yet, handlers can swap out these VELCRO® accessories as they see fit, making each harness versatile and useful in many different scenarios.  

Now that we’ve covered the terms you’ll need to know when shopping for a new harness, let’s dig in to learn what a dog harness is and why you and your K9 need one.

An image of hook and loop velcro, which we use in many harnesses.

What Is A Dog Harness?

A dog harness is a piece of equipment made of straps that are woven together to securely fit around a dog's torso. Like a collar, a harness allows a handler to control their dogs when they’re on a leash or easily grab ahold of their dog if the harness has a handle.

Harnesses have been around for millennia, allowing dog breeds to utilize their power to pull all kinds of equipment.

Archeological artifacts have shown that ancestors of Rottweilers wore dog harnesses to pull military gear for the Ancient Roman Legions, and sled dogs have long worn harnesses to transport their handlers and necessary equipment across the frozen tundra.

From pulling dog sleds to rappelling down a mountain or jumping out of an aircraft, today's harnesses can be customized to fit any need.

These are just a few examples, but with a proper fit, harnesses allow dogs to pull equipment many times their body weight without straining their necks (like collars might) while still allowing for free range of motion.

Police and military K9s worldwide wear harnesses to this day, but they’re not just for working dogs. Since harnesses provide numerous benefits over collars, even lazy couch potato dogs can wear them for their daily walks around the block.

Pros And Cons Of Using A Dog Harness

With 75 years of experience crafting handmade harnesses, it’s safe to say that we know what we’re talking about when it comes to dog gear. We know the pros and cons of nearly every piece of equipment on the market, and that’s especially true for dog harnesses.

Don’t let blog posts written by mediocre dog owners fool you. These are the reasons dog harnesses are must-have pieces regardless of the breed you own:

The Best Things About Dog Harnesses

Distributes Weight Evenly

Regardless of the harness you purchase, the piece will distribute your dog’s weight evenly once they’re loaded in and the harness is secured. This even weight distribution allows working dogs to utilize their powerful muscles to pull all sorts of different equipment.

Remember how we mentioned sled dogs earlier? Well, they wouldn’t be able to move anything if they were only wearing a collar.

Lower Risk Of Injury

Even the most well-behaved dogs can suddenly try to chase a squirrel or rabbit when they’re out on a walk. When that happens, there’s a chance that a dog collar can injure the dog’s trachea.  

Since a harness doesn’t contact their trachea and distributes weight evenly across their body, there’s hardly any chance of trauma if your dog decides to pull or chase something in their field of vision.

Potential Cons Of Dog Harnesses

An Ultimate Harness Guide can’t really be described as ultimate unless it gives readers a full picture of harnesses. These are two possible harness drawbacks we’ve seen dog owners post online. But rest assured, the following “downsides” are completely avoidable if you have the right harness:

Some Dogs Don’t Like Wearing A Harness

“My dog doesn’t like wearing their harness” is a common complaint we hear from novice dog owners. And while we agree that it’s possible this could be true, we have our doubts. However, we have found that dogs typically don’t like wearing harnesses that don’t fit right.

If a dog doesn’t like wearing a harness that doesn’t fit, well, who can blame them for that? We don’t like wearing clothes that are too small for us! With the right fit and design for your dog’s size and body type, we’re confident that your dog will like wearing their harness.

In addition to reviewing our harness sizing guide to ensure your dog’s harness fits, you’ll need to train your dog to wear and walk in their harness. By properly teaching your dog to wear their harness, we’re confident that they’ll love wearing it in no time.

If your dog doesn't take to wearing harness at first, consider upgrading to a model with a comfortable padded chest plate, like our Quick Release Leather Harness.

Potential To Cause Irritation

A harness is designed to ensure dogs have a full range of motion when they’re wearing their harness. However, if the harness is improperly fitted, it can restrict movement or excessively rub against sensitive areas like under their legs, leading to skin and fur irritation.

The best situation for this problem is to buy a harness that’s made of high-quality materials and fits their body as intended.

How To Size Your Dog For A Harness

Size matters when it comes to harnesses. Thankfully, sizing your dog for a harness is fairly straightforward, and the only tool you need is a tape measure.

3 Easy Steps To Size Your Dog For A Harness

  1. Start by measuring your dog’s chest around the breastbone and note the number.
  2. Next, measure the girth around the largest portion of their ribs behind the front legs.
  3. Finally, measure their ribs by wrapping the tape measure around the end of the rib cage before the ribs drop off the stomach.

Pick the harness that best meets your dog’s needs based on your measurements, but keep in mind that no two dogs are exactly alike, so your measurements might not be perfect.

Once your harness arrives in the mail, test the size by sliding two fingers between the harness and your dog’s body. You should be able to easily fit your fingers in there. If not (or if the skin around your dog’s neck or shoulders is bunched up), the harness is too tight.

We make harnesses in a variety of different sizes to fit all types of working dog breeds. Plus, Ray Allen harnesses have adjustable straps. When you shop at Ray Allen, you can trust that your dog’s harness will fit well and be as comfortable as possible.

Dog harness sizing chart

Qualities To Look For In A Dog Harness

As you can tell by now, shopping for a new harness takes some serious research. We wouldn’t have written this guide if that wasn’t the case! So while you’re browsing online for a new dog harness, look for these qualities:


First and foremost, your dog’s harness has to fit correctly. As we’ve covered, nothing good will come from an ill-fitting harness. If your harness arrives and doesn’t fit as it should, return it for one that’s either bigger or smaller.

We stand by all of the products we make and sell at Ray Allen. That’s why we have an open return and exchange policy for everything in our store.


You could argue that the material is the second most crucial factor when you’re shopping for a new dog harness. The material not only plays a role in your dog’s comfort level (like how mesh keeps dogs cool), but it’s also essential for the piece’s overall durability and the level of care the harness requires.

The material you choose also plays a role in the types of work you’ll be doing with your dog and common working conditions, but we’ll cover that in a bit.


You could have a harness made out of the most durable and highest quality material. But if the piece’s hardware isn’t up to snuff, that harness won’t last for more than a few months before it starts falling apart. From our GT Cobra Buckles to our D-Rings, all of the harness hardware we use at Ray Allen is designed to last a lifetime, even in the most demanding working environments.


Be sure to consider special features like a handle, MOLLE, or VELCRO® when you’re shopping for a new harness. These are just a few of the features that can make your life easier or even help your dog’s harness stand out from the crowd.

A harness offering VELCRO® siding allows dog handlers to attach accessories like a VELCRO® Top ID Pouch for carrying a badge or a dog patch to identify a dog as a police K9 or service animal.  

Working Conditions

From tracking through forests to chasing down suspects, K9 handlers spend a lot of time outdoors with their partners. As such, the harness must be able to handle whatever Mother Nature throws at it.

Let’s say you spend a lot of time outdoors and live in an area that sees a lot of rainfall. In that scenario, we may recommend a biothane harness as opposed to a leather one, because biothane is easier to care for and holds up better in wet conditions.

Types of Work

Your dog’s job will also play a factor in the type of harness you buy. For example, service dogs should wear brightly colored neon harnesses for maximum visibility, while a military or police K9 may need a tactical harness with modular capabilities that provides full protection against ballistics.

Luckily for Ray Allen customers, we design harnesses to meet the demands of any K9 job you could imagine.

If you're not sure which harness to get your dog, check out our article: The Top 10 Dog Harnesses for 2023! It's an in-depth review of some of the best harnesses you can find in our store.

Harnesses For Different K9 Disciplines

Let’s dive in to learn a little more about some common K9 disciplines and the harnesses best suited for the roles:

Adventure Dogs

All dogs are adventure dogs deep down in their hearts. Even the little toy breeds are descendants of wolves! But if you have a true adventure dog that loves going on camping trips, hiking along rugged trails, or doing anything else in the great outdoors, you need a harness that’ll hold up in any weather conditions.

Along with a durable material and heavy-duty hardware, you should consider a harness with a handle that’ll allow you to hold your dog back if they get excited and lunge towards wildlife.

The Icon Air Harness™ and Guardian Dog Harness are two models that fit these criteria, so be to consider these models if you enjoy going on adventures with your dog.

Dog on a hike wearing the Icon Air Harness

Detection Dogs

Labrador Retrievers, Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds, and German Shorthaired Pointers are a few of the breeds renowned for having an incredible sense of smell. When properly trained, these dogs can pick up scents for everything from illicit drugs to bombs.

Because detection dogs lead their handlers while chasing a scent and can pull pretty hard when they’re in the field, you need to ensure their harness has a solid breastplate. The breastplate will help distribute their body weight evenly across their chest, keeping them comfortable while reducing the chance of injury.

Our Handle Leather Tracking Harness is a great option for any working dogs who perform detection or search and rescue work. You can read more about this innovative Ray Allen harness on our Tactical Dog Training Blog.

Detection dog in training

Hunting Dogs

Hunting dogs, also known as “gun dogs,” “bird dogs,” or “hunting hounds,” are dogs that were initially bred to help their owners hunt in the field. A few common hunting dog breeds include Retrievers, Setters, and Pointers. But, believe it or not, even smaller breeds like Terriers and Dachshunds are also considered hunting dogs because they were bred to hunt small mammals.

Although smaller hunting breeds could benefit from wearing a dog harness, we specialize in dog harnesses for larger hunting breeds.

A high-quality hunting dog harness needs to offer protection from sticks, barbed wire, thorns, and other debris you’ll encounter on a hunting trip. We’ll cover our Nomad Skid Plate Body™ in depth below, but it’s the perfect accessory for keeping K9s safe and secure.

Hunting dog wearing a harness

Police K9s

German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois probably come to mind when you first think of a “police dog.” After all, these are the breeds typically used to chase down bad guys who are trying to run from law enforcement.  

If your job as a police K9 officer is to patrol the streets with your partner, you need to ensure your dog has a hardcore tactical harness with modular capabilities. Our Nomad I.H.S.™ line of harnesses (which we’ll cover later) is designed to meet the needs of any police or military K9.

Detection dog with a police officer

Search and Rescue K9s

Like detection breeds, search and rescue (SAR) K9s serve because of their incredible sense of smell. German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Bloodhounds, and Border Collies are a few of the breeds often used for SAR missions because of their smell and their high energy levels that allow them to work for extended periods.

We recommend using a lightweight and breathable harness that also helps keep your SAR dog’s nose to the ground. This design will help your dog pick up the missing person’s scent without causing discomfort during long tracking sessions.

Additionally, you’ll want to consider using a brightly colored harness while in the field. The chance of a successful SAR mission increases drastically if a missing person can easily see a working dog’s harness.

Search and rescue dog in the snow

Service Dogs

A service dog should also wear a brightly colored harness when they’re assisting their handlers. The bright colors and reflective strips often found on service dog harnesses showcase that the dog is a service animal. As an extra precaution, it’s also a good idea to outfit your service dog’s harness with Embroidered Service Dog Patches from Ray Allen Manufacturing.  

Many of these service dog harnesses also feature tall handles that allow handlers to keep a grip on their dogs while their service dogs guide them across busy streets, through stores, or anywhere else their dogs are needed.

Our Activ Dog Harness with Handle is a perfect example of the tall handle feature. But models like our Service Dog Ultimate Harness have multiple stitched-in handles to ensure mobility-impaired dog handlers can always grab ahold of their service dogs.

Service dog wearing a harness

Schutzhund Training

All of the disciplines above bring us to Schutzhund training. Schutzhund is German for “protection dog,” but this competitive sport is actually composed of three phases: tracking, obedience, and protection.

Since it encompasses such a vast range of skills, you’ll need quite a bit of equipment if you’re training your dog for a Schutzhund competition. But failing to buy a quality dog harness is a huge mistake.

You may need to purchase a few different types of harnesses to ensure complete success in the Schutzhund world. Thankfully, we carry every harness you need (along with every other piece of Schutzhund gear you need).

Dog wearing a harness during bite training

Essential Dog Harness Accessories

You might not be a dog harness expert after reading this far, but we’re willing to bet that you know a lot more about harnesses than you used to! While we’ve certainly gone through a ton of information, we haven’t talked about too many harness accessories yet.

Harness accessories aren’t must-haves, but they often make daily duties safer, easier, more comfortable, and generally just better for K9s and their handlers.

We sell a wide variety of harness accessories, but these are a few of the most popular ones we carry:

Nomad I.H.S.™ Accessories

Short for Interchange Harness System, the Nomad I.H.S.™ is part of a patent-pending modular product line designed to provide K9 professionals with a cost-effective alternative to owning multiple single-use dog harnesses. Nomad I.H.S.™ products are exclusive to Ray Allen Manufacturing and are must-have pieces of equipment for police and military K9 handlers.

You can read our blog series about the Nomad I.H.S.™ to learn more about the system, and here are the accessories you can find in our online store:

Nomad Woobie Dog Jacket™

Keep your dog warm and dry while in extreme weather conditions with the Nomad Woobie Dog Jacket™. This waterproof dog harness accessory easily slides onto a Nomad Harness Frame™ and boasts a fleece lining to keep working dogs comfortable during long days in the field.

From hunting hounds to SAR dogs, this is a must-have accessory for any K9 working in winter weather.

Dog wearing a Nomad Woobie Dog Jacket

Nomad Patrol Body™

The Nomad Patrol Body™ is a dog harness cape that’s ideal for service animals, dogs patrolling in TSA lines, or any other working K9. This cape is constructed of Mil-Spec webbing and has VELCRO® strips along both sides, allowing handlers to attach any type of dog patch to the harness.  

The cape is designed for use with our Nomad Harness Frame™ with GT Cobra Buckles or Nomad Harness Frame™ with Metal Buckles, but we also sell the Nomad Patrol Combo Harness™ for handlers who want the cape and Nomad frame in one piece.

Dog wearing our Nomad Patrol Body

Nomad Swiss Seat™

Per the name, the Nomad Swiss Seat™ functions as a safety seat for K9s by supporting their rear legs as they perform their hardcore duties. If you and your K9 partner do any kind of zip-lining, hoisting, or fast-roping, you’ll want to have this accessory fastened to your dog’s I.H.S.™ harness.  

A few other essential pieces of dog safety gear include the K9 Helm Trident TR-1 Gen2 Tactical Dog Helmet and K9 Helm Lo-Pro Ears 2.0.

Handler rappelling with a K9

Nomad Ballistic Body™

Police K9s need body armor, just like their handlers. And that’s what we provide with the Nomad Ballistic Body™. This dog body armor protects against ballistics, knife attacks, flying debris, or anything else a K9 might experience in the field.

We carry both the Nomad Ballistic Body™ - Complete Set for full protection of the torso and belly and the Nomad Ballistic Body™ - Top Only, which doesn’t cover the belly. Both pieces are available in either NIJ Compliance Level 2A and Level 3A ballistics protection.

Police dog wearing the Nomad Ballistic Body

Nomad Skid Plate Body™

From thorns and sticks to barbed wire, there’s no telling what kinds of debris can injure your dog’s chest or belly while you’re in the field. That’s why we developed the Nomad Skid Plate Body™. This harness accessory is made of ballistic nylon for durability and attaches to your I.H.S.™ harness with VELCRO® straps on the front, allowing for easy on/off action.

Along with hunting, we recommend this harness accessory for any K9 doing tracking or SAR work through dense forest or tall grass, but the Nomad Skid Plate Body™ is a good piece to have in your gear bag for any working dog.

Our Nomad Skid Plate Body

Nylon Harness Extension

We developed our Nylon Harness Extension to help prevent owners from buying a brand new harness every time their dog gets a bit bigger. This harness extension adds five inches of girth to your existing nylon harness, preventing the need to buy a new harness for at least a few extra months (depending on how old your dog is).

Our Nylon Harness Extension offers GT Cobra Buckles for durability, and it works with any Ray Allen harness that uses plastic GT Cobra Buckles.

Nylon Harness Extension

Ray Allen G-Hook Accessories

Our innovative product design team also created what we call “G-Hook accessories.” These harness accessories feature G-shaped hooks that easily attach to any dog harness with loops on both sides of the piece.

G-Hook Backpacks

Let your dog carry some of your K9 handler equipment or dog gear with our G-Hook Backpacks. This harness accessory is a set of two backpacks that clip onto one of our G-Hook-compatible harnesses. The two backpacks are connected via a nylon strap that runs under your dog’s belly, ensuring your dog retains full mobility while on the job.

If you prefer a slightly smaller bag to carry your equipment, consider the General Purpose Pouch XSM. This tactical harness pouch has a VELCRO® backing, so it attaches to any harness featuring VELCRO®.

Ray Allen G-Hook Backpacks

High Visibility 3 G-Hook Orange Side Panels

Earlier, we mentioned that service dogs should wear bright, highly-visible harnesses while they’re working with their handlers. If you don’t already have a brightly-colored harness, look no further than our High Visibility 3 G-Hook Orange Side Panels.

Along with being visible from far distances, this bright-orange harness accessory includes two strips of 2” VELCRO® on each side of the piece. These strips are great for service dog patches, reflective strips, or anything else you can think of.

Our High Visibility 3 G-Hook Orange Side Panels

Dog Cooling Packs

Just like how the Nomad Woobie Dog Jacket™ keeps your dog warm on cold days, our Dog Cooling Packs are designed to keep your K9 cool and comfortable during the “dog days of summer.”  

Each of our Dog Cooling Packs contains TechKewl Cool Pax instead of ice. This material is non-toxic and non-flammable, and unlike ice, TechKewl Cool Pax are reusable since they don’t melt.

Easily attach these cooling packs to your dog’s harness with the G-Hooks, and let theTechKewl Cool Pax work its magic as it rests on your dog’s belly.

Dog wearing G-Hook Dog Cooling Packs

Safety Flashers

Safety flashers like the Pelican Mini Flasher Infrared and TAG-IT Dual Function Lights easily clip onto your dog’s harness and ensure everyone can see your K9 when visibility is low. Because K9 units don’t always work 9 to 5 and don’t take days off when the weather is less than ideal, we recommend that every handler buy a set of safety flashers.

You’ll find that our safety flashers are even great for late-night walks with your adventure dog, and they even clip to any backpack or dog collar for your convenience.  

Safety flashers that attach to harnesses

Dog Harness Patches and ID Panels

The general public doesn’t always understand that working dogs are actually working when they’re on the clock. That’s why we sell a variety of dog harness patches and ID panels. For example, the Embroidered Square Medical Patch informs everyone that a medic dog is coming through, while our PVC K-9 Tabs tell strangers to stay away from your police or sheriff K9.

We also have a variety of novelty patches, like the Canis Fidelis Patch, that adds a bit of flair to your dog's harness or collar. Plus, these patches make your badass dog look even more badass when they’re in the field.

Several of our dog harness patches

Dog Harness Mount Camera System

Seamlessly record your dog’s movements with the Dog Harness Mount Camera System. This harness accessory features a rail mounting system that’s secured using PALS MOLLE webbing for security and stability while recording. Handlers have the option of a basic tripod mount, a mount with a Garmin adapter, and a mount with a GoPro adapter.

From reviewing tracking missions to assessing your dog’s performance after bite training or just getting cool videos on a hike, there’s no shortage of uses for this harness camera mount.

The Dog Harness Mount Camera System