My pup Wally and I recently got our paws and hands on the brand new Mighty Paw Sport Harness 2.0! Check it out here.
While we only have praise for it, we’re a little biased since That Mutt and Mighty Paw are partners.
Why we recommend using a dog harness in general:
Dog harnesses are so much more than just good looking accessories! They’re great for:
- Keeping dogs safe in the car
- A variety of sports such as tracking, running, biking, rollerblading, swimming, skijoring and sledding
- Helping teach a dog polite leash walking skills using the no-pull chest leash attachment
- Walking dogs who have injured their necks and can’t be walked on collars
Key features of the Mighty Paw Sport Harness 2.0
The Mighty Paw Sport Harness 2.0 can be used for everything just mentioned, and stands out with the following features:
- Weather-proof material & hardware
- Dual leash attachments – Comes with a no-pull front leash attachment and a regular attachment on the back for more freedom
- Easy grip padded handle on the back
- Adjustable straps at the neck and chest
- Fully padded neoprene lining throughout the chest and back for ultimate comfort and no chafing
- Quick release buckles around the neck
- High visibility reflective stitching
- Two color choices (green & black)
- Four sizes (S, M, L, XL)
- Retails for $22.99 on MightyPaw.com
You can get the harness for 20% off this week only with code: TMHARNESS
Measuring Wally’s chest and neck for the correct size harness
One of the first things I did was measure Wally’s chest and neck since Lindsay recommended that’s what we do to find the right size harness.
Mighty Paw specifies the following measurements for their different harness sizes:
- Small: Neck 13-17″, Chest 17-21″
- Medium: Neck 16.5-23”, Chest 21-26.5″
- Large: Neck 19-27″ Chest 25-32″
- X-Large: Neck 22-35″, Chest 27-35″
Wally measures 16.5″ around his neck and 23″ around his chest. I ordered the green medium sized harness for him.
My dog is kind of an in-between sized guy in general as far as doggie gear goes. Although he weighs 40 lb and is considered medium sized, the head collar that fits him best is a size small, and so is his backpack.
Mighty Paw Sport Harness 2.0 in the car
Once our Mighty Paw package came in the mail and I had opened it, I immediately put it on Wally to adjust the different straps to fit his body. I didn’t have to do too much adjusting on the chest straps, but the neck straps definitely needed some tightening.
Wally was excited when he saw me hold the harness because he knows that his harness only comes out whenever we get ready to go for a car ride in combination with a walk or hike, and he LOVES both! I had to wait a moment for him to stop being a wiggly puppy before being able to put the harness onto him.
Once he calmed down, Wally let me put the harness on without any problems, and I honestly didn’t anticipate any since he’s so used to wearing a harness.
I have to stress the fact that the harness has a side release buckle on the right that lets you put the harness on without pulling it over your dog’s head.
Wally doesn’t care either way, but I know a few dogs who aren’t crazy about having harnesses or backpacks pulled over their heads. They always put up a little fight when that’s about to happen, so the side release buckle is a great option for those dogs!
Once Wally sported his new harness, I couldn’t disappoint my puppy boy and have him wear the harness without hopping into the car, so we went for a quick ride around the block.
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Use the harness with a dog seat belt
When Wally’s in the car, I attach Mighty Paw’s chew proof car safety belt to the D-ring on the back of his harness for when the car is in motion. That keeps him safe while still allowing him to move around a little. The ride went great and the harness fit very nicely.
Mighty Paw’s Sport Harness on walks & hikes
Wally walks very nicely on leash with the occasional exception of getting distracted by other dogs who walk our way.
For those instances, the leash attachment on the harness’s chest comes in very handy. That’s because it enables me to gently redirect him and keep him from pulling towards the other dog.
When we’re out on hikes, I use the D-ring on the back of the harness to attach his collapsible water bowl. The padded handle comes in handy when Wally needs a little support when getting up on surfaces that might be a little slippery or steep.
Mighty Paw’s Sport Harness at dog-friendly stores
Wally has also been sporting his new harness on trips to dog-friendly stores. One of our favorite local pet retail stores is Fort Wagg because it offers walk-in grooming services. The store’s name is a cute doggie version of the military base Fort Bragg that’s just around the corner from us.
When I took him to get his nails trimmed, the D-ring attachment on his chest came in handy to keep him in place while the groomer was filing his nails.
I was also able to put the padded handle on the back of the harness to good use. When I wanted him to stay put while another dog was being carried past us, I held the handle. Sort of like a solid backup option to my “stay” command.
That store was filled with a lot of distractions after all – other people and dogs, the sound of the dryers in the back, and a plethora of (squeaky) dog toys, treats, and food.
Are there any cons?
- Mighty Paw’s Dog Sport Harness only comes in two color choices, green and black. However, I think that both colors offer nice contrasts on dark and light dog coats, respectively. The green color definitely pops nicely on Wally’s red fur.
What I think of the Mighty Paw Sport Harness 2.0
I think Mighty Paw designed another fully functional product. It’s great to use in a variety of settings such as on walks, hikes, and when shopping at dog-friendly stores.
It works well at keeping Wally secured in the car, although it’s not even specifically geared to that purpose.
I love the attention to detail that shows in the reflective stitching, the two metal D-rings, as well as the side release buckle.
Mighty Paw is offering 20% off its Sport Harness 2.0 this week only for That Mutt’s readers! Use code: TMHARNESS
Here’s to many more adventures with the Mighty Paw Dog Sport Harness 2.0!