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The Best Harness for Your Dog: How to Choose the Right One For Your Best Friend's Walking Needs

The author is a true animal lover. Has 2 dogs, Scotty and Cosmo, and a cat named Misty.

Dog wearing harness

Dog wearing harness

Reasons Why Your Dog Should Wear a Harness for Walking

It is critical to keep your dog safe and comfortable when taking him on a walk. While a traditional collar may be appealing, always consider the advantages of using a harness instead!
Here are a few reasons why your dog should always wear a harness when you go on an adventure.

What are the Advantages of Using a Harness Over a Collar?

A harness is a better choice over a collar for several reasons.

  • Firstly, it distributes the pressure more evenly.
  • Secondly, it is more comfortable and safer than a collar.
  • Thirdly, it is easier to get on and off of the dog than a collar.
  • Fourthly, they are less likely to be able to slip out of them than they would with a collar.

A Harness Trains your Dog

A harness can help you teach your dog not to pull on the leash. When you walk your dog and he pulls, the harness will apply pressure to his back, preventing him from pulling.

Other training aids, such as a choke chain or pinch collar, can cause serious neck damage and are ineffective at teaching your dog not to pull.

Possible neck injury from dog collar

Possible neck injury from dog collar

How to Choose a Harness for a Bi-Directional Pulling Dog?

A bi-directional pulling dog is a dog that pulls in both directions. This type of behavior can be a challenge to handle and the best way to train them is through positive reinforcement. There are many different types of harnesses available to help stop this behavior.

The most popular choice for these dogs is the front-clip harness.

The front-clip harness has two straps that go around the dog’s chest and stomach. The leash clips onto the front of this harness, making it easier for you to control your dog when they are pulling in either direction.

However, if your dog is still pulling after using this type of harness, you should rather consider a no-pull harness instead.

No-pull harness

No-pull harness

Wearing a harness while walking prevents injury.

When taking your dog for a walk, keep their safety in mind. A harness gives you more control over your dog and can help keep it from running away or into traffic. If they get too close to danger, you can use the leash as an emergency stop. Furthermore, when there are other dogs around, a harness is safer than a collar because it keeps your dog closer to you. It also prevents neck injury if they become tangled with another dog during playtime.

The walk is just much more enjoyable with a harness

On the whole, a harness improves the quality of your walks with your dog. Your dog will be more comfortable, and you will have an easier time keeping them under control. It can keep your dog safe, especially if they are prone to running away or getting lost; a harness can help keep them close to you and prevent them from running away.

Picking the Best Harness for You and your Dog?

Not all harnesses are the same, and the best one for your dog is determined by their size, weight, and fur type. The following brands are most popular:

  • Puppia and Kurgo are excellent choices for small dogs.
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  • You can try Coastal or Ruffwear if you have a medium to large size dog.
  • If you have a canine companion with lots of fur, Lupine and 2Hounds have a wide range of harnesses that will keep your dog comfortable while walking.

Tips on how to properly fit a harness

One of the most important considerations when choosing a harness is to make sure that it will fit your dog. It should be snug but not too snug. Your dog must not be able to back out of it, and the ring (to which the leash is attached) should be high on their chest.

The general rule is that you should choose a harness that allows one or two fingers to be inserted between the dog’s neck and the strap. If you can't insert any fingers, then it's too tight. But if you can insert more than two fingers, then it's too loose and may not stay on properly.

The harness should fit snugly around your dog's chest so that it does not irritate their armpits.



Walking your dog with a harness is not only more comfortable for them, but it's also safer. There’s no pulling or choking involved when your dog moves around; additionally, it can help keep him from running away if he happens to slip out of his collar.


Safe walking with a harness

Safe walking with a harness

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Raf Palmer

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