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A myotherapists perspective on harnesses

Julia Robertson

In this blog, myotherapy pioneer, Julia Robertson explains the anatomical impact of equipment we use on our dogs.


As humans, instinctively we would avoid having something put around our necks and especially on a draw-string,  This is because there are so many structures within the neck, that if any one of them were compromised it could be a life or death situation. The neck is the main road to and from the brain; the brain conducts and controls the whole of the body; So perhaps we should question, why do we use a device that will physically reduce all these critical functions, such as oxygen, blood, food and nerve supply? The collar is probably the most traditional, and maybe because of that it is not being questioned as to its action and implication on our dog’s anatomy. Methods we employ to restrain, to keep our dogs safe, should be considered more carefully before we apply them.


…we should question, why do we use a device that will physically reduce critical functions, such as oxygen, blood, food and nerve supply? The collar is probably the most traditional, and maybe because of that it is not being questioned as to its action and implication on our dog’s anatomy…