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Dog harness horror – good intentions go badly

This week we witnessed a dog harness horror. The owner had the best of intentions, but things went badly awry.

Safety first

A caring dog owner adopted a rescue dog from a shelter. With the dog’s history of winding up in the shelter, she did exactly what she should have – she purchased one of the no-escape, Wrap-N-Go harnesses from us.

To make sure her new, beloved girl was absolutely safe, she even had a friend sew extra industrial-strength Velcro™ on the harness’ straps. She wanted to make sure her dog was always under her control. The new dog, we’ll call her Angel, had a habit of reacting poorly to other dogs on walks. Angel’s new owner was concerned her habit of lunging would result in slipping away.

Too much security

As a result of all the extra security, the harness was difficult to remove. Angel’s owner brought her into the shop this week for a new harness. Angel’s no longer the skinny mite she was at adoption, and might need something a little bigger.

Picture of a Boston Terrier wearing a red dog harness

Angel is, with people, a well-mannered dog. She has short fur, like a Boston Terrier or Miniature Pinscher. When we fit dogs for harnesses, we like to put them up on the counter on a nice, soft rug. “Up” so the dogs are easy for us to see what we’re doing. The rug is so they don’t think they’re at the vet’s office.

We put Angel up on the counter and started wrestling to get the harness off. It wasn’t easy. And what it revealed wasn’t good.

Dog harness horror

Angel’s fur was gone in patches and her skin rubbed red and raw under the logo of the harness. We asked if, by chance, Angel had been wearing the harness full time, 24/7, no relief. She had.

Because the harness was difficult to remove, it turns out they didn’t take it off. Ever. Poor Angel. And poor owner, who was horrified, and guilt-ridden over the raw patch on her dear dog.

Know better, do better

There’s a reason we recommend dogs go naked in the house. Nothing can get caught, and nothing can rub if the dog is wearing nothing. You can see what’s happening with your dog’s fur and skin. And make sure nothing like this will happen to your dog.

Angel’s owner felt absolutely terrible. She asked us to throw the old harness away. And she got a different, secure harness that is easy to put on and take off. 

Angel’s going to be fine. Better than before. We love stories with happy endings. 

Fawn French Bulldog lying in grass

Tips on Tuesday – Naked Dogs!


If you follow Golly Gear on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) you may notice that a lot of the pictures we post feature our dogs running around absolutely naked. No collar, no harness, no nothing.

And you may think it’s odd, seeing as how we’re big fans of harnesses and our shop carries dozens of different kinds in lots of different styles, materials, and colors.



The reason is safety. Pure and simple. When our dogs are home they wear nothing. The only exception to this rule is when our dogs are young puppies, when we’re in the process of housebreaking. Then they wear a harness and leash – which is always attached to us.

When you have multiple dogs in a household, there’s usually a lot of running around, chasing, wrestling, playing, and general mayhem. We don’t want a collar or harness to be grabbed by another dog, or caught on something the dogs run into. Same thing in our fenced yard. We’ve heard too many stories of a dog trying to jump a fence and being, quite literally, hung by a collar that gets caught.

Our dogs are even naked in their crates when we’re not home. While there may be nothing in the crate for the collar or harness to get caught on, there is a possibility of the dog reaching to grab it with his/her teeth and getting stuck, or hurt.

We know these possibilities may seem far-fetched, but we have heard of instances where it happened. Like you, our dogs are our most precious possessions, and it’s such a simple thing to make sure they’re safe at home.



We understand that many people want their dogs to always have some form of identification, and it is a good idea. All of our dogs are microchipped and we have registered the microchips with the companies. While we always crate our dogs when we have workmen in the house, we know that gates can be carelessly left open and we try to check before the dogs are let out.

Many years ago, our first dog (a Boston Terrier named Spunky) was a runner. And, at the time, our yard was unfenced. We spend many hours chasing that dog through town – he even wound up with a police record when a cab driver saw him running, opened up his car door, Spunky jumped in and the cabbie dropped him off at the police station.  We know how terrifying it can be to not know where your dog is. But keeping your dog safe, in home and outside, just takes an extra bit of time and training. And it’s worth it.