Hi, We actually had a fence placed in our backyard for this little dog that was to be about 13-16 pounds. I also have a boxer. I need to get used to the little dog thing. It appears that she won't be quite that big and she can get through the fence. What a shock that was witnessing. Anyway, I frantically went on the computer seeing if there was anything that could solve our problem. Your harness is awesome!! I did see the collar thing, can't remember what it was called, but it appeared too bulky. Lily lets me place this on her and away she goes. It was actually funny watching her try to get through the fence with the harness on, she was surprised. But she is so good about me placing the harness on. She seems very comfortable.
I am actually from Slippery Rock. I graduated from the Rock and am currently teaching. You are right, it is a small world! I told every one at school about it. I have also shared the harness and are really impressed.
As an avid reader of product reviews, I’m embarrassed to admit that I never took time to write one myself. Knowing just how much these reviews/testimonials helped in solving a big pet problem of mine, however, inspired me to tell others about this wonderful unique harness.
After retiring in 2010 to a community outside Las Vegas, my husband and I had a rod iron fence installed around our property. While perfect for our bigger dog, Buster, the fence proved to be no match for the teacup size Yorkie we adopted last spring. Bella consistently managed to squeeze between the bars and escape.
Countless pet stores offered similar advice. Unfortunately, we didn’t like the consequences posed by several options—the harshness and cost of an electric fence on such a tiny dog, or the confinement of a pen, zip line, or stake and chain. When chicken wire appeared to be the only safe alternative, my husband attached several rolls to the fence. Imagine our shock and despair in seeing Bella shimmy up the wire then shoot through the space between bars near the top of the fence.
Out of ideas and fearful of being alone in this situation, I went online with little hope of finding a solution. In Googling how to stop my dog from going through fence, the safebehindbars website came up. Scrolling through the website, I nearly fell out of my chair when there in the product reviews was a photo of a little dog standing high atop chicken wire wrapped around a metal fence just like mine!
Right away I ordered the harness in size small . . . and as the saying goes, the rest is history. When I say “the rest,” I’m talking about the chicken wire/mesh fence, Bella’s bad behavior, and my fear. In the three months since receiving the harness, Bella has not gotten out once. I love the collar because it’s lightweight, goes on and comes off easily, and isn’t at all confining. Best of all, it really works!Nora D.
Our small dog kept getting out of our fence. I spoke to my Vet and he suggested that I contact you. Casino, loves the small dog collar it keeps him safe inside the fence where he belongs. He can wear the harness in the house and he can go out through the dog door without any problems. This is a great product that works fantastic for our small dog and our fence.
I love my new puppy! However, I never thought that she could get out of the fence. I Googled how to keep dog safe inside fence. I found the safe behind bars harness website and ordered the small dog harness immediately. Look at her in the picture, she doesn’t even know the harness is on her. I let Brie outside and she tried to get out of the fence. I watched her try over and over again to squeeze through the fence and she couldn’t. She finally got so tired she laid down and took a nap. I know that she will grow out of the problem soon, but for this puppy, we call her the escape artist, will have to stay inside the fenced yard. LOVE IT!
Sincerely,The Brockman Family
Thank you for sending the harness so quickly. It is perfect! What a great idea to keep small dogs safe.David
We have a small terrier mix rescue dog that is an escape artist. We have a metal fence with not much space between the risers, however our little "Moco" managed to slip right through the openings of the fence. We purchased other collars and even netting that we attached to the fence but he always found a way out. I was told about your product at my Vets office and immediately ordered the safe behind bars dog harness. WOW, this did the job. I am amazed at how easy this is to use. I dont need to do anything else but put the harness on Moco, and out he goes in the fenced yard to play. For all of you with small dogs that can squeeze through the fence...LOOK NO MORE, this safety harness does the job and keeps these little mutts at home where they belong.Jennifer
This is one unique product! The Safe Behind Bars Dog Harness has made it possible for me to let my dog run free in our fenced in backyard without worrying he will get through the pickets. We spent a fair amount of money getting our fence installed and I was so excited to let Tommy roam the backyard. After about two weeks of freedom, however, Tommy figured out that he could squeeze through the open slats. I never thought this would happen when picking out a fence for our yard and a small dog. I came across your safe behind bars dog harness while doing a search on google. It has been 3 months and there is no way Tommy can get through the openings at the fence. I have enjoyed watching him try over and over again, but he finally gave up and is happy staying put in the back yard where he belongs.
We love our safe behind bars dog harness. I googled how to keep a small dog inside the fence and found the perfect solution for our very small dog. Your dog safety harness did the job and stopped our dog from escaping through the fence. Teddy wasnt a happy dog at first because he wanted to run the neighborhood , but now he walks right into the harness and enjoys the freedom of the back yard. Everyone in the neighborhood says thank you.Jordan
I just posted these to your website. LOVE your harness! It gives Scooter the freedom he loves! I dreaded the thought of putting chicken wire on our wrought iron fence.... 1. it would take me forever, we have a very long yard. 2. it would have to be up forever, Scooter is full grown. and 3. chicken wire is UGLY! The golf course behind us and our HOA would have a huge problem with it.
Great idea! Is this sold in any pet stores? It should be!Stacey Zahn
Knowing there must be many others experiencing the same problem, I wanted to tell my story.
Our beloved 8-year-old miniature pinscher is like one of the family. Whether it’s an early morning walk or a trip to the nearby market, Sparky goes with us everywhere and has since he was a pup. So when my husband retired a year ago and we decided to travel more, it wasn’t long before the two of us were at our wit’s end about what to do.
Over half of Carl’s and my “couple” friends who have invited us to stay with them have fenced-in yards. They’re all some variation of thin bars spaced apart, not a solid privacy fence like we have at home. Not to mention, nearly every hotel/condominium along the Florida gulf that we looked at to rent in winter had that similar type of see-through balcony. Needless to say, fences like these are no match for a smart, energetic dog under 10 pounds and a foot tall. Sparky could easily slip between the bars and wander away or be hurt in a fall.
After talking to countless friends and shopping every local pet store only to come up empty handed, we turned to the Internet for help. And there you were!
Since the day your harness arrived, Carl and I have breathed a huge sigh of relief. It fits easily in the glove box, so there’s no leaving home without it. We can’t express how incredibly comforting it is to know that our four-legged companion not only is happy going with us everywhere, but thanks to you, is now SAFE BEHIND BARS!Roseanne
The harness has been working perfectly! Our little Coco can enjoy the backyard with our bigger dog, Bailey, and we have peace of mind knowing she is staying safe. So nice to not have to constantly watch her and block her escapes through the fence. I'm sure the neighbors send their gratitude too! :-)
My name is Lisa and I have three dogs that are all large enough that they don't slip through my wrought iron fence. However, I am deeply involved in our local rescue movement and it seems we always have a rescue doggie at our house. Recently, I took in a little tiny Chihuahua named Chiquita. Chiquita is only 4-5 pounds and she is an escape artist. I came across your product quite by accident, it popped up on my Pinterest page about a week ago. I had been having issues with little miss Chiquita escaping our backyard and I was quite concerned that she would get hit by a car! So, I ordered your product!
Fast forward to today. I had just let the dogs out to the backyard and had my back turned for only 2-3 minutes and Chiquita was gone! I found her in my front yard heading out to the street. I picked her up and then thought, "I need to get the mail" and your AWESOME product was in the box! I quickly slipped the harness on Chiquita and went right back outside for a test! The pictures are worth a thousand words!!! No more escaping! Love it! Love it! Love it!!!!
Thanks so much for your creative genius!!! Worth every penny!Lisa McClanahan
I had been searching for fences that would keep a small dog safe in the yard. I could not believe that my dog would run right though the open slats of our fence that we have now. I found your website on keeping a dog safe behind bars harness and I was thrilled to give the harness a try. I love the harness, it works perfectly and now I don’t have to replace the fence. Thank you so much for such a great product. I would recommend the safe behind bars harness to everyone that has a small dog and a fence.Jean
Hi- I just wanted to say thank you for inventing this great harness! Addie doesn't even seem to notice her "bat-wings"! and we are at ease letting her go outside unsupervised. We tested it by us being in the front of the house and her in back- she of course tried like before to go through but couldn't make it, didn't even deem frustrated and went on playing in the back. A $30 investment with you saved us $500 in refencing charges! Thank you so very much- we are all happy pups here!Bev, Anthony, and Addie!!
Well, it's been almost 2 full weeks and he hasn't been able to get out. Your harness has worked wonders and I know it'll continue to. However I did recently notice a hole that he had started to dig to go under the fence. He sure is determined to escape but I'm not too worried though. He gave up because of the hard clay a couple inches down. If he does find a softer area to dig, I still think your harness will prevent him from squeezing under.
Thanks again for your wonderful product. We have much more peace of mind knowing we can let Biscuit go outside on his own unsupervised without a lead. Our son Benjamin also thanks you for keeping his puppy safe from getting lost.
Take care and best of luck with Dog-Gamutt!Thane, Jennifer, Ben, & Biscuit Laymon
I love this harness! My little Miniature Pinscher, Sarah recently got out from our back yard by squirming through three fences in only a few minutes and was heading toward the highway by our house. Luckily I found her in time. She did this at my mom's house as well where she squeezed through holes made by rabbits in their yard and was in the roadway. She is my little furry daughter and I can't explain the panic I felt the moment I realized she was not in the yard each time. I scaled a fence and impaled myself on it in search of her, but I didn't care that the fence wire stabbed into my wrist--I just wanted to find Sarah. I can't explain that moment of sheer desperation and panic wondering where she was, having no clue if she was safe or if I would ever see her again. The next day I searched the internet for something that would completely eliminate Sarah's ability to squeeze through fences. But there were so few solutions. I didn't want to limit her freedom to run and play. She enjoys the outdoors more than any dog I have ever seen and I wanted her to have freedom. This harness is a wonderful invention and I'm so glad I found your site. In our condo complex we have back yards, but they only allow removable fences that the landscapers never put in place properly. It is very difficult to close the gaps and Sarah always gets through. I don't want to limit her outdoor time, so this is a perfect solution. Now when I let her out I know I don't have to worry. So glad someone is really thinking of the well-being and safety of dogs. I attached photos of Sarah in her harness.Annette
I’d like to pass along MY STORY about the Safe Behind Bars harness.
Franklin, my husband, and I recently purchased a new home and needed to fence in the backyard. We have two little dogs weighing less than 10 pounds and have always kept them in an enclosed area. Limited by neighborhood regulations to installing only ornamental fencing, we met with a company to discuss the types and styles of metal / metal-looking fences available.
When the installers came to our home to measure, one of them noticed our two Toy Fox Terriers and asked if we were familiar with this kind of fence. He said they have received a number of calls from pet owners seeking advice on how to keep their small dogs from getting through the openings between rails. This was something Franklin and I hadn’t even considered, since it was never an issue with the chain-link fence at our previous residence.
After expressing concern about this potential safety risk, the installer proposed spacing the vertical bars two inches apart instead of the standard four inches. This would certainly prevent the dogs from escaping; however, it would also effectively double the cost of the fence. Seemingly mindful of our financial position, the gentleman went on to suggest a product he had read about online and, in fact, was intent on purchasing for evaluation purposes, hopefully to then be in a position to recommend it to customers. That’s when he told us about the Safe Behind Bars harness.
It’s been six weeks since we purchased two harnesses through your website. No doubt I speak for many others in saying we couldn’t possibly be more delighted. “Venus” and “Mars” play, sleep and eat in their harness no differently than they do without it. And it’s incredibly comforting in knowing such active dogs absolutely cannot squeeze between the fence bars.
You’re adorable, Lexie, and we’re so impressed by your harness that we lent one to our neighbor to try on her Dalmatian puppy.
My miniature dachshund Penny, age 2, wears the medium sized one and it works great. We think our adopted puppy Scout is a mix between a Jack Russell and a Chihuahua. She is 4 months old and maybe 7 pounds or so. At first I put the one with the 8 inch rod on her, thinking the smaller the rod the better if it works. My fence is a wooden picket fence with 4 inches between each slat (per my HOA requirements—sigh).
I put both dogs out in the yard and went on the outside of the fence and called them. They both kept trying to get to me through the fence but the harness kept them in… for awhile… after a lot of attempts, the puppy was able to get through with the 8 inch rod. It wasn’t easy and it certainly slowed her down a lot and she might not have tried so hard if I hadn’t been on the other side of the fence, but she did twist and turn until she got through.
So I put the 10 inch rod on her, and to my knowledge, she’s never been able to get out with that on. What has really surprised me is that the dogs can still get through their small dog door fairly easily with them on! That had been the one thing I was really worried about before ordering them. My dogs are sitting next to me now sleeping with them on too… so they must not be that uncomfortable. They had puppy bumpers before which are big padded things that went around their necks to keep them in the fence, but I’m sure that must have been more annoying to wear and hot in the summer.
I’ll certainly recommend the harness to my other friends with small dogs!
Great invention! Thanks again!Beth
I just wanted to say that these collars are the most BRILLIANT things that I have ever seen! For the first time in 6 months since I've lived at my new house, I don't have to chase my dogs around the neighborhood or have a leash on them just to take them in the backyard to use the bathroom. I LOVE these collars and will definitely be doing business with you in the future when these wear out.
It was so funny watching my dog (that chases the neighbors dog in their back yard) he saw them and thought he would run through the gate to chase him today and was very disappointed to learn that he couldn't go through. I laughed so hard watching him. It was the BEST thing ever!
Just wanted to say thanks again and thanks for sending those out so quick. I greatly appreciate it! Not sure if you sell on Ebay, but I bet you would make a lot of money on there selling those. I will definitely be sending business your way if I know of anybody else having the same problems. Have a great day!Wendy
We adopted our second dog, Sadie, a dachshund mix, in January. Because our home features a lovely fenced yard with lots of trees and large play area, everyone was eager to introduce Sadie to her new evnironment and, especially, to our other dog, Roulette.
My husband and I are highly safety conscious. The well-built, attractive wrought iron fence is one of the reasons we bought this house. So, you can imagine our surprise upon discovering that the curious little pup was able to squeeze throught it. We didn't have the heart to tie her up, but didn't know what else to do.
Our veterinarian recommended Dog-Gamutt's Safe Behind Bars Adjustable Harness as the answer to our problem. At first my husband and I were skeptical, because we'd never seen anything like it before. We were both pleasantly surprised, however, at how easily and effectively the harness works and that it fits through our doggie door. Sadie steps right into it. Best of all, she maintains full range of motion and, to this day, has never wandered out of the yard. Without a doubt, the Safe Behind Bars Adjustable Harness has been a godsend in keeping our Sadie safe and free to fully enjoy her surroundings.Doreen S. Formale
As a practicing veterinarian for over 19 years, I understand the level of importance caring pet owners place on ensuring the safety and well-being of their beloved animals. So, when I first heard about a new product that could prevent small pets from straying out of the yard, naturally I was excited to learn more about it.
Many of my clients prefer a fence over a stake and chain or controversial electronic containment system. But the amount of open space between pickets, often seen in today's popular ornamental iron fences in particular, can be a big problem.
The Safe Behind Bars Adjustable Harness is a unique concept that provides an effective, affordable solution for owners of puppies, kittens, and small fully grown dogs and cats. Well-constructed of soft nylon material, it features a durable yet light-weight crossbar which more than spans the distance between fence pickets, thereby prohibiting pets from slipping through and escaping. The harness is simple to use and adjusts easily for a secure, comfortable fit.
Now, small-pet owners, too, can experience the peace of mind that comes in knowing their animal will be safe while enjoying greater freedom both at home and away. I highly recommend the Safe Behind Bars Adjustable Harness.Dr. Evan Rosenoff
Dear Maureen, I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for coming up with this dog harness. I just got married in March and my 5 pound Maltese was part of the package and we thought we were going to have to put up netting all around our rod iron fence to keep her in. This is so great because she is already use to wearing a harness but now we don't have to worry that she has gotten out! You are a genius!Shawna Meyer
I saw your segment on the balancing Act TV show and purchased your safety harness. My husband and I travel every year to the mountains but this year’s trip was going to include our new family pet. We adopted a small dog that weighs 19 pounds, she is long and thin. As I watched the video I realized that the property we have rented year after year has a beautiful deck overlooking the pond and sits up at least 20 feet off the ground. The fence around the deck is wood with open spaces that I was sure our dog could squeeze through. The safe behind bars harness was a perfect fit and stopped her as she put her head through the open slats. You said on the show that this was easy to use and important to take when you travel with small pets. I just wanted to tell you that the harness was everything you said and I will always take this when we travel with our dog.