The Good: It’s as simple as, our dog walks better with this harness than with their traditional collar.
The Bad: Had some difficulty adjusting the straps to achieve the right fit.
The Pawtom Line: If you’re walking a lot with your dog (i.e. we walk 1-2 times per day), then this is a must have or at least a must try product.
What exactly is the Duo Adapt Control dog harness?
Normally when we review products they don’t need a lot of introduction, because they’re fairly self-explanatory.
However, I feel like I need to explain what the Duo Adapt harness is, because I have to admit I didn’t understand until I tried it.
Straight from the Duo website they believe “a dog harness should provide more comfort, range of motion, control and security than a traditional harness”.
That’s exactly what this harness does. It’s almost like a mix between a choker collar and a harness minus all the negative effects of a choker collar. I hope that makes sense.
How does the Duo Adapt harness work?
So, this is actually really cool.
For the most part the Duo Adapt is very similar to a traditional dog harness. However, it’s got one special feature that (in my opinion) puts it almost in an entirely different class.
In the picture below you’ll see a canvas strap that passes through two o-rings. This acts as a “control” mechanism to “open” and “close” the harness based on the dog’s movements relative to you.
This gif by Duo may show it a little better:
Does the harness live up to it’s claims?
Above we discussed the concept of this harness, compared to a traditional harness, was to include:
- more comfort
- better range of motion
- more control
- more security
Let’s talk about each of these separately.
I would put the build quality on par with a Ruffwear or Kurgo, but I’m not sure I’d say it’s more comfortable.
We had a little trouble with the fit being good around the body and snug around the neck. Ultimately I’d say it’s on par, or just slightly below that of the higher end manufacturers. Very similar to the Ruffwear Hi and Light harness (in terms of comfort and fit).
Range of Motion
This is hard to compare. I would say the walker’s range of motion is reduced (in a good way) because the harness reacts to control/adjust the dog’s motion quicker than you can with a quick leash tug. But, I don’t think it’s necessarily an improved range of motion specific to the dog.
This is where the Duo Adapt shines above the rest of the competition. Our dog walks with a slight, but constant pull and she definitely pulled less in the Duo harness versus both a Ruffwear Webmaster and a traditional collar.
It was also, easier to control her. The harness is very reactive, so you don’t really have to do much of the work.
Again, I think the Duo Adapt out shines other harnesses in security simply because the design allows for an “adaptable” fit depending on the situation.
The Duo Adapt harness can be used in a lot of different ways, but I really think it’s best suited for people who are 1) walking regularly with their dogs, and 2) want a little more control than a traditional collar, or want to move away from a choker or prong collar.
I wouldn’t trade out my Ruffwear Webmaster, simply because it’s an incredible harness for hikes, but I’ll definitely be using the Duo Adapt for neighborhood walks over a regular collar.
Can this also be used to tether my German Shepard to the seatbelt in my car? My concern is if the plastic connectors will hold should there be an accident and she is thrown forward. The harness I have on her now has metal connectors that loop inside of each other.