Rabbit Harness DIY

  • Last Modified: May 22, 2020
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Most pet rabbits are too small and quite frail; they often have a safe life in a typical cage. But to be close and improve the health of your rabbits, outdoor activities are a great way. A leash and harness will then be what you need. Currently, on the market, there are many types of harnesses with different models and types, easy for you to choose. However, instead of buying at pet stores or websites, have you ever intended to make a nice harness yourself for your little friend? Why not? In this article, we will show you how to create a rabbit harness that is both suitable for your rabbit and your personality. Let’s not hesitate anymore. Let’s start right away.

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No collar

The first thing I want to remind you is never to use a collar for rabbits. The reason is that a collar can easily slip out, squeezing its neck and injuring delicate neck in various ways. But for a proper harness, proper use and training, that’s no longer a concern. You and your rabbit can take a walk without worrying about harming your pet’s neck. To use the harness, an eight-shaped harness, H-shaped harness, or vest will be the perfect choice for your rabbit.
 

The Figure-Eight Harness

A figure-eight harness consists of two loops, one on the back of the front legs and one on the neck. The figure-eight harness will have pegs to adjust the size on each round to suit the rabbit’s chest and throat; The chains are connected in 2 loops and combined at the withers of the rabbit. The steps to create a figure-eight harness are simple and not time-consuming.

First, you need to prepare a long and light rope. Then fold the rope in half and center the ring under the rabbit’s neck. Thread both sides of the string over the back, between shoulders, and around the chest, just behind your forelegs. Fix both ends on the back of the harness with a catch bead or a clip that allows length change. You can also tie ropes instead of using clips, but this requires you to tie them every time you take your rabbit out. You can use a longer string and tie the excess line to form a chain or tie a shorter rope to the chain.

The advantage when making this harness is simple, available materials. However, in general, this harness is quite not very eye-catching.

The Figure-H Harness

A figure-H harness is like a figure-eight harness, but its two rings are not directly connected to each other; they are connected by a shorter piece of string engraved in the middle, creating a shape that looks like an H.

You can make your own figure-H harness for your rabbits with a nylon necklace. First, choose a collar that fits your rabbit’s neck size and a collar that fits his chest; you can use a buckle to adjust the length of the loops to avoid annoying the rabbit. Then, you will remove the hook from the third collar, but still fix the leash. After determining the length of the rope is equivalent to the center of the figure-H harness, cut a length longer than the size needed to sew the ends. Make sure the collar is not too small to protect the rabbit’s joints intact. If you want to make a figure-H harness, you can use fabric or light leather to form individual parts first, then use the buckle to attach those parts together.

The advantage of the figure-H harness is that it is durable and beautiful. However, its only minus point is quite complicated when doing it yourself. If you are not a meticulous or patient person, this can be very difficult.

The Vest Harness

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rabbit harness

 A vest or body harness is a cloth shirt or a shirt with a collar on the back to tie the leash. The vest can be fixed around the neck and abdomen with velcro, buckle, buttons, or zippers. The vest harness can be recycled from a pattern for rabbit clothing or clothes you have by attaching it to a metal ring on the back of the vest. You should choose shirts that are hard but breathable. Don’t forget the important thing about creating a harness is the ability to hold your rabbit close to your body without hurting him. However, this type of harness cannot usually be resized, so we do not recommend making this type of harness.

Safe walking

A handmade harness will be a meaningful gift for your little friends. However, when wearing them the products you have made, watch for possible risks such as too loose or disordered straps, slipped buckle, rabbits allergic to harness material, etc. And most importantly, if your rabbit is struggling to wear, let him get used to the harness first. If the situation is still not satisfactory, you should consult the veterinarian.

In conclusion

Above are some guidelines for Harness DIY in general, and the three most popular harness types are Vest, Figure-H, Figure-Eight. Hopefully, through this article, you can manually give your rabbit the most beautiful and suitable harnesses. Thank you for supporting our article.
 

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