|Choosing the right model
We get many emails from customers with questions on witch model is the best, the Shoulder harness or the H-harness, and that isn’t a easy question to answer. Both harnesses are great in their own specific ways, and depending on whom you ask. In other words: It’s a matter of taste. I hope the following guide helps you to make your choice.
Benefits: This is probably the oldest and most used
harness in the world of pets, not only for rabbits but also for cats,
dogs, ferrets and many
more. It’s a easy but functional harness with only three straps:
Drawbacks: One of the drawbacks with this harness
is the strap around the neck, many rabbits don’t like having a strap around there necks,
and some don’t even walk in a harnesses like these because of it.
Rabbits are very sensitive in the neck and throat area and can therefore
have a negative experience of the neck strap if it puts pressure on the
throat. The H-harness also takes a little more time to put on and off
on a restless rabbit.
Benefits: This harness isn’t really a new invention even if it mainly started to be used on rabbits in late 80’s and 90’s. The structure on this harness is also noted on dogs and horses. The thought behind this model is to put the pressure of the rabbits weight and pulling on the shoulder of the rabbit instead of the throat. Because there are minimal strangling sensation on the rabbits neck and throat with this harness the rabbits often prefer this model over the H-harness, if the rabbit has a tendency to pull when walking on the leash. This harness is also (after some practicing) easiest to put on and off.
Drawbacks: This model isn’t quite as foolproof regarding escapes and attempts to escape as the H-harness. Small rabbit breeds and young rabbits are masters of escaping witch demands a safe and firm harness. However it isn’t often a rabbit gets out of this if it is used an putted on correctly. The right size of the harness is also important to avoid these attempts.