A harness distributes the pulling force of the dog across the chest, so there is no pressure on the neck.
When to use: An alternative to a collar to use on a dog that pulls, is not well trained or negatively reacts to distractions. It gives the owner extra control, without the risk choking or neck, trachea or esophagus injury.
Especially good for small dogs with delicate throats that are easily damaged by collars. Also ideal for dogs with respiratory or trachea problems.
This works great for puppies. However, most do not have much range with the interchangeable size. So a fast growing puppy will probably outgrow these fast. If you have a larger breed dog, they will be growing a lot at a time.
- Greater control of the dog’s body
- No pressure on the neck, preventing injuries that could occur with other collars
- More secure than a collar
- Lifting assistance
- Doesn’t prevent jumping or lunging
- Some dogs must acclimate to it
When it comes to harnesses, there are a few different options.
- Front clip
- Back clip
- Leather or Nylon
Front Clip vs Back Clip
Some people prefer the front clip collar because it is easy to change the direction of the dog.
The downside is that the leash can get tangled easier.
This one is great because it helps disperse the pulling power throughout the chest.
The disadvantage is that pulling a dog backwards triggers their opposition reflex, actually encouraging them to pull.
What I recommend:
Find a harness that has the option to clip on both the front and the back.
That way you can test out both positions and see what works best for you and your pup.
Also, if you get a harness with clips in the front and back, you can use a double-sided lead and attach one end to each clip. This way you can really communicate to your dog what directions you want them to take, without using a lot of force. Do this by using the part of the lead attached to the front for directional steering, and then the end of the lead attached to the back clip for breaks by slowly pulling up. You also adjust the pressure in the lead so that the dog is not using their opposition reflex to pull against you.
These are one of my favorites. They are very comfortable for the dog and sold in many different styles
Not the best choice for strong pullers, though.