Truelove is a smaller company, but they deserve some more publicity! They have quality products at a reasonable price and also fantastic customer service! They only sell a few types of harnesses, leashes, collars, and shoes, but those come in different sizes and colors.
This is one of our favorite harnesses so far! We always struggle with finding a sturdier-looking harness that doesn’t restrict the movement, comfortable for the dog, but durable enough to use it on long hikes. The TLH6071 harness has padded parts where needed but straps where you don’t, which makes it dry faster, and easier to clean. This is the harness which looks cool, great for hikes but it’s not too much for a walk in the city either.
We love the bright colors (it is even more vivid in real life, somehow the color looks less intense on the pictures) and the metal leash attachment points. You can change the length of the chest and neck part, which gives you a lot of room for adjustment. The harness feels “stable” on the dog: it’s not sliding, the dog is not slipping out even if you help them go up or down a rock wall during a hike. I also like that the attachment point is far enough on their back, which helps to distribute the dog’s weight evenly on the chest.
While testing this harness, we run into the same issue we had with their TLH5551 harness: since the part between the legs is not adjustable, the no-pull front ring can be only used if it is a perfect fit for your dog. It would probably work on a bull-type dog with a deep/broad chest but cannot imagine a skinny or small dog having the proportion needed for the leash to turn the dog properly.
As you see it on the photos below, the harness turns on the dog and tugs her feet instead of turning the dog to the side by the front. This is not just uncomfortable for the dog, but she could also step out of the harness this way.
This is usually a trade-off: if a harness has enough room behind the front legs for free shoulder movement, it is not suitable for a no-pull ring because there will be too much room under the front of the harness when pulled forward.
This front ring would work a little better if we would tighten the neck strap a little more but than Mia’s head wouldn’t go through the harness (at least not smoothly) and let’s be honest: no one will change the length of the straps every time you put it on the dog, and there are no buckles on the neck strap of this harness.
One of the quality issues we had is the black paint on the metal rings coming off. The other is that the outside material of the harness is not as durable as we experienced with the other Truelove harnesses. Mia did run through bushes on hikes, and we already see loose threads coming out. This isn’t a functionality concern so far, but the harness does look used after a few hikes.
Before buying this harness, consider that the width of the part between the dog’s leg is 2 inches (5 cm) in case of the medium size - be sure it will be comfortable for your dog to walk in it. If it is too wide, it will rub the inside of the front legs.
• No-pull: Not the best, but it could work if your dog’s built is the perfect fit for the harness.
• Running/biking (as an occasional hobby, buy specific equipment if you want to get into it seriously): every dog is different, so be sure it doesn’t interfere with the shoulder movement. It’s not a proper pulling harness, but it’s good enough to give it a try before investing in a better suited one.
• Hiking: Great! The handle on the back provides an easy way to help up the pup on rocks/out of the water, etc. It is not too big but creates some risk of getting stuck if you let your dog run around in a forest while wearing it. Good to know that the part between the legs will collect all the mud, and the material of the mesh parts can take a long time to dry. Cleaning it is not that hard as we thought first: once it is dry, you can brush the muddy parts, and it looks good enough (okay, this depends on your standards).
• City walk: Good enough: visible, the dog is not sliding out.
• Easy to put on/adjust: both chest straps are adjustable, it is easy to put on with the two buckles unless you have a dog with a big head (no buckle on the neck strap).
• Visibility: great, it has bright colors and reflective parts all over.
We used this harness and the matching leash for a couple of months now, and we are pleased with it in general.
As we described above, the no-pull ring didn’t really work for Mia, and there are some concerns with the durability of the outer material of the harness. Besides this, it is probably our favorite Truelove harness with its simple, minimalistic design, functionality, and visibility. It would be nice to have a buckle on the neck part to be able to fasten the neck-straps a little more for a better fit for bigger headed dogs.
For your reference, the harness in the photos is medium size.