How To Pick The Right Harness For Your Beloved Dog

Most pet owners think that dog harnesses are for badly behaved dogs only. The truth is, this fantastic pet equipment is a great training tool for puppies or newly adopted dogs. It can be an alternative for dogs that cannot use collars due to medical conditions and other concerns. 

If you are thinking of purchasing one for your beloved fur baby, here are some pointers that will help you choose the right harness. 

How’s Adjustability?

The first thing you should look at when you are buying the harness for your fur baby is the adjustability. As mentioned by the experts at www.petsumer.com, dogs have different chest, stomach, and hindquarters sizes. Harnesses should be adjustable so breeds not only with similar dimensions and heights can fit, but it can also fit them as they grow. 

Also, the adjustability will define the movability, and it should be breathable and soft on your dog’s skin or body so it will not hurt them. If you choose a non-restrictive harness, inspect it by sticking two fingers underneath all sides of the harness, that should be comfortable and secure enough.

What’s The Material Used?

The material is also a massive consideration in picking the right harness. The right type of material should have

  • Extraordinary Strength – the material should be able to withstand strong forces like tugging, etc. 
  • Extreme Durability – like strength, it should also hold out against constant pulling.
  • Waterproof – a waterproof material is the best as it cannot get smelly instead of a non-waterproof one.
  • Uncomplicated – it will be easier for you to clean if the material is straightforward and undemanding. 

Some material can chafe and rub on your dog’s skin if the material is not right. Always think of the comfort of your dog before fashion and other things.

Is It Durable?

As mentioned above, the harness that you should purchase should be extremely durable. Dog harnesses are prone to wear and tear, and you don’t want to be buying one every time it breaks. A durable harness should have all the pull points double reinforced, preferably sewn with nylon and not with single strand thread. In addition, buckles and clips should be metal or high strength plastics as they are durable and very stable material. 

Most harnesses have a weight limit for what they can handle, so make sure to check that one before buying them. 

For What Purpose You are Using It?

There are many harness types, and most of them have their purpose, pros, and cons. 

Back Clip Harness

A back clip harness is the most commonly used type of harness. They are available anywhere and less likely to be tripped on and tangled. Since the harness is at the back, your dog can’t reach and chew on the leash. It can also give you more control over your pet. The only disadvantage is it can make your dog pulling behavior worse. 

Front Clip Harness

The front clip harness is the same as the back clip aside from the ring for the leash is positioned into your dog’s chest. This is best if your dog has a pulling behavior, as you can discourage it by giving you directional control. The only downside is it can cause chafing, especially if not fit properly.

Dual Clip Harness 

Dual-clip harnesses offer more flexibility because you can use either back or front to clip the leash on. They are very versatile and give you freedom and privilege in choosing. You just have to ensure that they are comfortable for your dog as it can take a longer time for them to get used to it. 

There are plenty more types aside from this, like head halters and safety collars, but you need to check with the dog training experts before using them as they can potentially hurt or not suitable for your dog. 

How Much Is It?

The last and another consideration is the cost of the harness. Although harnesses are relatively affordable than other pet supplies, you still need to choose one that gives you value for your money. Expensive harnesses don’t mean high quality, and cheaper ones don’t mean they are subpar. 

Some of the market’s best brands are Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Harness, Sporn Mesh No Pull Dog Harness, Frisco Padded Nylon No Pull Dog, PetSafe Easy Walk Dog Harness, and OneTigris Tactical Vest Nylon Front Clip Dog Harness. Enough research will help you find the best harness suitable for your pet at a reasonable price. 

Harnesses will be extremely useful and beneficial for you and your dog. But before thinking of yourself, think about what will be the most comfortable and suitable for them. Always check for signs of agitation and discomfort. Your dog can’t speak, but you can always listen. 

Tim Hanson (77)

Contributing writer at Preferable Pups!