Nomesele from Seleverkstedet

Nomesele from Seleverkstedet

NB! The picture shows an earlier model of Nomesele. Today’s harness has additional padding on the entire lower band. The harness is not supplied with sliding as standard.

This is the world’s most used draft dog harness. It balances well on the dog. For all harnesses, it is important that they are sewn balanced in relation to how the dog runs and works, not how it stands. A standing dog raises its head, pulls its chest forward and lowers its back. Then it seems that the harness does not fit because it curls on the back. Hold the dog across in front of you, hold the dog’s head horizontally out with one hand and stretch lightly in the back loop with the other. The end of the harness (not the rear loop) should end approximately at the tail root.

On dogs with a falling cross, it may well end up a little behind, but dogs with a more straight cross and a standing tail can have problems with the band on a too long harness gnawing on the tail root. I think it is important that the intersection on the side, where the band from the neck meets the band coming from the chest post, is located directly behind the back rib. This prevents the harness from squeezing on the chest. Pull your hands back along the side of your dog, so you feel where there are no more ribs.

The neck should be narrow so as not to come into conflict with the shoulder and upper arm movement. What is narrow is relative, but you can lift the front leg of a dog that is stretched with a tight leash and move it back and forth to see if the movements of the shoulder and upper arm come into conflict with the harness neck.

The loop on the back of the harness has a special function. This should regulate the total length of the harness so that a short dog in the team that is exchanged for a long dog is not hung up on the neckline. If you hang all the harnesses up behind the back loop, all the neck crosses should end in the same place. The total length of the harnesses you use in your bucket must also match the drawlines you use. When all the lines are tight, the neck line should be slanted slightly forward from the dog towards the middle line. This means that the dog does not easily step over the neckline and that it can easily get its leg back if it should step over. If the lines and braces do not match, you can either move the neck lines or you can adjust the back loops.

One of the biggest problems with seal bites on hard-working dogs is sores in the outer armpit on the inside of the elbow. This is primarily due to the dog “crawling” when the speed slows down. That the dog “crabs” means that it runs like a crab, namely more or less sideways. The rear end of the harness is pulled inwards and the chest post outwards towards the outer armpit. Using longer backlines can help a little on the problem.

In 1986, Seleverkstedet made another solution to this. The rear part of the harness was cut off and a special 6mm rope was sewn on instead. The loop then slides from side to side on this rope without taking the rear center of the harness with it. The disadvantage is that this rope must be replaced when it is worn to pieces. I called it sliding

The chest post on all Seleverkstedet’s harnesses is padded all the way around and rests softly against the dog’s skin. Otherwise, the harnesses have regular padding (neck and chest post). Longer padding is available to order. All Seleverkstedet’s harnesses are sewn from quality straps in polyester and since 1983 they have been lined with closed cell foam in thin nylon cloth.

On the sled dog harness (nomeselen) you will find a reflective bar on top of the harness that reflects both forwards and backwards.

Seleverstedets Nomesele will be on the market again in 2022