Safety Harness to use with an Autism Service Dog
PLEASE NOTE: Tethering your child to your service dog means that you MUST have control of the dog AT ALL TIMES. If your dog bolts, your child will be dragged along behind. Childharness.ca assumes no responsibility or liability associated with use of any of our products, tethers included, since YOU are responsible for YOUR child at all times.
Safety Harness to use with an Autism Service Dog, $104.99 (includes standard 5 foot 8 inch walking lead for parent to hold, and front lead to dog)
Some agencies that provide autism service dogs assume the child will be able to hold onto the dog's lead at all times, and therefore these agencies do not provide waist belt tethers or harnesses to link the child to their new companion.
If your child will be unwilling or unable to hold onto the dog's lead at all times while out in the community, a Waist Belt Tether System may be all you need.
However, if you know that your child will quickly remove their Waist Belt Tether, they should be wearing one of our Safety Harnesses to use with their Autism Service Dog.
The Safety Harness to use with an Autism Service Dog offers the same features of security, strength and durability as our Child-to-Adult Harness.
In addition, this design has an O-ring at the front of the harness with a front lead that attaches to the dog's collar.
Your child can "independently" walk their new companion (if and when they wish) by holding the dog's lead provided by the training academy. The front tether from the child's harness to the dog is long enough to give the dog room to walk on either side of your child, or out in front. Specify the length of the front lead (4, 5, or 6 feet long). These harnesses have been made for families who were receiving their autism service dog from;
- Therapeutic Medical Alert Service Dogs (Nova Scotia, Canada)
- 4 Paws for Ability (Ohio, USA)
- Animals Deserve Better, Inc (Georgia, USA)
- Awesome Dogs Service Dogs (Florida, USA)
- Dog's Nation, Inc (Missouri, USA)
- Made in USA Autism Service Dogs (Texas, USA)
- North Star Foundation (Connetticut, USA)
- The Service Dog Institute (South Carolina, USA)
- Ultimate Canine (Indiana, USA)
- Labs and Life (South Australia, Australia)
- Righteous Pups (Golden State, Australia)
- Support Dogs (United Kingdom)
Safety Harness to use with an Autism Service Dog; Main Features
This Harness has all the strength and integrity of our Child-to-Adult Harness in addition to the front lead that extends to the service dog:
- top quality construction you can trust
- custom made to fit your child
- 2 chest straps circle the torso
- 500 pound weight capacity metal O-ring front and back of harness
- front lead to the dog is attached in a slip-knot style through the front O-ring of the harness. This means your child cannot remove it but you can if you want to use the harness without the dog i.e. as a regular walking harness.
- detachable parent lead attaches to back O-ring
- extremely comfortable to wear all day
- expands to fit over growing bodies
- reinforced stitching on all seams
- industrial strength snap hooks for both leads
- parent walking lead is our standard length of 5 feet 8 inches but can be any length you like e.g. 18 inches, 7 ft, 15 feet, etc.
- order multiple leads of different lengths
- add buckle covers, locking buckles instead of regular buckles and/or crotch straps to increase security
Safety Harness to use with an Autism Service Dog Costs
The Safety Harness to use with a Serivce Dog is difficult to make and the pricing reflects this.
- $104.99 regardless of the person's chest size
- official receipts provided if requested
The Mom pictured here is out shopping with her husband (who took the picture) and their twin 6 year old boys. She had ordered 2 Child-to-Adult Harnesses to use with their boys while they waited to receive their autism service dog. She thought the Safety Harnesses might work with the service dog but if they didn't, she would order the other design.
Many months later the boys received their autism service dog. And their Mom was right. The Child-to-Adult Harness, worn backward so the O-ring is in the front, allowed the boys to be safely attached to their new companion and the entire family can be out together.
This second picture is of a little boy who needed an autism service dog to slow him down; he always walked in front of the dog. This was another case where one of our Child-to-Adult Safety Harnesses was all the family needed. They attached the tether for the dog to the O-ring at the back of the Child-to-Adult Safety Harness. Their little boy walks in front of the dog and the tether keeps the two of them together.
Description and Features of the Safety Harness to use with an Autism Service Dog
This harness is a 2 chest strap design with an O-ring at the back and an O-ring at the front. The lead for the parent attaches to the O-ring at the back with a standard heavy-duty snap hook. The lead to the dog attaches to the O-ring at the front in a slip knot style. This allows you *but not your child* to remove the front lead so you can use the harness without the dog.
- the harness has 2 chest straps that circle the torso. The top chest strap sits under the armpits, the bottom chest strap sits approximately 3 inches lower down.
- the 2 chest strap design makes the harness very secure around the person's body and very comfortable to wear
- the chest straps close at the back of the harness with buckles. The buckles can be replaced with Locking Buckles for increased security.
- the harness is put on and removed in the usual manner; over their head, chest straps under their arms, buckle up at the back
- the shoulder straps are stitched to the chest straps at the front of the harness
- the shoulder straps pass through metal rectangle rings at the back of the harness. This allows the shoulder straps to be adjusted.
- at the back of the harness, the top and bottom support loops and the lead for the parent are attached to a metal O-ring. The O-ring has a smooth, welded seal. The quality of the weld determines the strength of the ring and these rings are rated at 500lb weight capacity.
- 5 foot 8 inch detachable parent lead attaches to the O-ring at the back of the harness
- an O-ring at the front of the harness is attached by 4 straps. The 4 straps are anchored at each of the 4 corners where the shoulder straps meet the chest straps.
- the front lead attaches to the front O-ring in a slip-knot style so you can remove it and use the harness without the dog. The front lead extends to the dog. A snap hook at the end secures the child to the dog's harness.
- re-inforced zig-zag stitching on all seams to ensure strength and durability
- each harness comes with a mesh storage/laundry/stuff sack for easy storage and to keep the harness contained while in the washing machine
- available in black, navy blue, pacific blue, red, and purple
How to adjust the Safety Harness
Pictures on our Child-to-Adult Harness page show the chest straps being lengthened on a pink harness with locking carabiners.
Adjusting the fit of your new harness is a simple matter of moving the sliders back and forth to shorten or length the straps.
The same method is used to change the length of the shoulder straps and the chest straps.
You will receive your harness adjusted to the chest measurement that you gave on your order form. And since you measured your child when wearing a light t-shirt, their new harness will be ready to be worn over similar clothing.
This works great in the summer time!
But it's not always summer - at least in Canada...
The extra webbing on the harness that you use to make the harness bigger (e.g. to fit over a sweater or a jacket) is between the two sliders on that strap.
By moving the second slider toward the back of the harness, you "free up" a length of webbing that you then feed through both sliders to make that strap longer.
If you put the harness on your child and there is a 2 inch gap between the buckles at their back, lengthen each chest strap by 1 inch.
You must lengthen the chest straps evenly so the front panel with the O-ring stays centred on their chest.
Lengthen (or shorten) the shoulder straps so the back O-ring sits just below their shoulder blades.
The back O-ring is in the correct position if you can buckle the top chest strap through its support loops and the chest strap passes just under their armpits.
The Safety Harness should be fitted snuggly on your child - snug, not tight!
When fitted properly, the harness will be extremely comfortable to wear and should not be restricting to your child.
Ordering a Safety Harness to use with an Autism Service Dog
Each harness is made to fit your particular child/teen/adult. There is some basic information regarding their measurements that is needed to ensure the harness fits perfectly now and for years to come. All these questions are on the order form. You will need the person's
- chest measurement when dressed in a light t-shirt
- shoulder to waist measurement
- and if the person is a woman, her chest measurement above her breasts, chest measurement below her breasts and her current bra size