Gizmo & I were lucky enough to be chosen to test drive the EZYDOG Chest Plate Harness & Cujo Shock Absorbing Leash . The great folks at EZYDOG sent these along so we could report back on how they did on one hard-to-fit terrier with a penchant for pulling every time he sees a duck (and there’s lots of duck along our walking path).
Gizmo can be very hard to fit and in the past I’ve had problems getting harnesses adjusted correctly for him…he hates standing still while I fuss with straps and buckles. He’s narrow in the rear but with a deep chest. What we’ve found in the past with a standard harness is that the size that fits his chest is too loose in rear no matter how much we adjust, and the converse is true…when the rear fits the chest is too tight.
Out of the box the first thing I noticed is that both items are well-made of quality materials and appear very durable. The EZYDOG Chest Plate Harness has a totally different design from the standard harnesses I’ve tried before…the criss-crossed straps both lie across the front part of the dog’s back so no worries about that narrow rear. I can be all thumbs, but I found adjusting this harness to be relatively easy…Gizmo appreciated not having to wait too long for me to be done.
Gizmo looks pretty comfortable, so now it’s time to go for a spin.
Our trail is not very wide and it’s heavily used by walkers, jogger, skaters and bikers, so it’s important that a dog is under control and stays fairly near his human. With a standard leash & collar I felt that I was always having to pull Gizmo back in to me, constantly yanking on his neck, which was not fun or comfortable for either of us. The 25″ length of the Cujo leash works well for us…Gizmo is built low to the ground, but the 6″ of stretch made up for any surface changes or lunges towards those ducks. There is also a 40″ length available if you’d prefer. I found the padded handle to be very comfortable in my hand. It’s a bit different feeling then the usual leash but I was able to adjust to it easily, and felt that it gave me a great deal of control. Gizmo seems to be very comfortable wearing the Chest Plate Harness. He moves easily in it, doesn’t fidget or try to wiggle out of it , and it stays put and does not roll around on his back.
We’ve been using the EZYDOG equipment regularly for about 6 weeks now, and both Gizmo and I are are very pleased with its performance. Gizmo struts out proudly, looking quite stylish and greeting all we encounter in his usual goofy terrier manner, but still in control. I walk easily, happy that I’m no longer pulling and tugging. Bottom line is that we love our EZYDOG harness & leash and plan to be using them for a long time.
GIZMO’S GRADE: “A” for quality workmanship, ease of use, comfort and peace of mind.
*NB: While these products were provided free of charge for evaluation purposes, I received no compensation for this review. All opinions are mine alone, offered freely.*
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