Dog owners usually share an extremely close relationship with their pets, and hence would be interested in knowing that dog injuries can occur due to the constant force exerted by collars or harnesses.
Prong collars or choke chains have the potential, as a result of excessive force, to cause mechanical or ischemic damage to the brain, thyroid, trachea, larynx and esophagus. The propensity for increased intraocular pressure due to excessive compression on the jugular vein is also present.
Although considered kinder for animals, there is limited evidence available about the injuries caused to areas such as front limbs, chest or across back due to the amount of force applied by harnesses. It has also been anecdotally suggested that a harness changes the natural gait of a dog.
As a result of that, it is equally important for dog owners to be aware of the potential problems that their dogs might face, such as undue pressure and force on their bodies and joints, injuries, and even chaffing, due to ill-fitting harnesses.
With these important warnings in mind and no concrete information available on how these restraints affect the gait of a dog or the force exerted when in motion and most importantly which type of restraint is better, HBM supplied the key piece of equipment which could help solve the puzzle.