Effect of harness design on biomechanics of domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)


AWF Research Fund



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Student Research


Investigator(s): Rebecca Simms

Supervisor(s): Dr Anne Carter

Owners are encouraged to use harnesses as an alternative to collars for restraint and control of their dog, whilst minimising injury risk. However, there is limited information on the suitability of different types of harnesses and the impact on the dog’s movement. This study will assess the impact harness design has on the biomechanical movements in dogs. The study is designed in two parts to incorporate a controlled comparison study and an opportunistic analysis of different harness types.