Types of Dog Harnesses

Types of dog harnesses and how they work

1. The vest harness

For dogs who don’t pull, I recommend the vest harness. Do not read this part if your dog pulls excessively; instead, proceed to the section on anti-pull harnesses. In comparison to webbed harnesses, I find that vest styles, like this adorable vest seen here from Puppia, are more comfortable and less prone to cause chafing under the armpits.

2. The webbed harness

If your dog isn’t a puller, a webbed harness like the Umi DogHarness shown below should work fine. It’s not like one brand is significantly superior to the rest. Whatever you decide, make sure that two fingers’ width of space remains between the harness and your dog’s body.

3. The anti-pull front-clip harness

The back of your dog’s neck or spine is usually where the harness clips to the leash. While this may be effective for some dogs, if you have a puller, clipping the lead in the back can trigger the dog’s “opposition reflex,” which can be quite frustrating. Because of this innate tendency, a dog will try to resist any force that acts in the opposite direction. You should expect your dog to channel his inner sled dog when wearing a harness that clips in the back, like the vest harness seen above. The “opposition reflex” can be avoided by clipping the lead at the chest.girl, dog, pet-5623231.jpg

Now, when the dog attempts to push forward, instead of feeling a tug, he experiences a barrier, which causes him to slow down. Putting on an anti-pull harness seems to work like magic for a lot of dogs; all of a sudden, they’re well-behaved on a leash. Both the SENSE-ation and the Easy Walk are good illustrations.

4. The no-pull harness with front and back clips

The Ruffwear Front Range Harness, for example, has clips at both the front and the back. Due to the webbed design of these harnesses (as opposed to a soft vest design), you should be wary of chafing and hair loss in that area. At the end of your stroll, you should always unbuckle the harness.

Some dogs may find the anti-pull harness uncomfortable since it hangs too low in front of the chest, even after you’ve adjusted the straps. To get around this, simply hold the harness loop over the collar loop and attach the leash as usual.

5. The head halter

Reactive dogs, dogs that are very powerful or enormous, dogs being walked by youngsters or adults with limited strength, and dogs that pull but for whom the anti-pull harness didn’t make much of a difference can all benefit from using a head halter like the Halti or the Gentle Leader. The head halter is similar to a horse’s halter in that it allows you to exert less effort over your pet by allowing you to direct your attention to the dog’s most sensitive areas.dog, girl, love-5964181.jpg

A lead is secured under the jaw, and a head halter slides over the nose and fastens behind the ears. Definingly NOT a muzzle! Dogs can still open their mouths normally and certain models allow them to hold objects like balls.

However, there is a huge drawback to using a head halter, and that is the fact that very few dogs genuinely enjoy using one.

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Proper training is essential if you want your dog to have good behavior.

According to dog experts, pet owners can leash walking etiquette to their dogs by using harnesses. These dog harnesses provide many benefits.

  • First, they offer more control to the owner, especially if the dogs are a bit bigger and stronger.
  • Secondly, they offer better safety for your pet, especially when walking in public places, and lastly, they prevent neck injuries and ocular proptosis.

With the many types of dog harnesses in the market today, it can sometimes take time to select the best one. Various harnesses are made for different dogs.

The best harnesses for your pet will depend on several factors, such as the dog’s breed, purpose, leash walking skills, etc. Most first-timers may need help finding the best dog harness, depending on the specific purpose. 

Harnesses are broadly categorized into two, i.e., multiple strap harnesses and vest harnesses. 

Strap harnesses usually cover the dog’s belly, back, and chest, whereas vest harnesses cover whole portions of the pet’s body. 

Strap harnesses are ideal during summer since they’re weightless and have the ability to cool off dogs. 

On the other hand, people prefer vest harnesses since they help reduce skin chafing, thus making dogs more secure and calmer. 

Top types of dog harnesses:

Front clip harness

This is among the most common dog harnesses in the market today. It has a D-ring attached to the dog’s chest. Fronts clip harnesses have 2 designs, i.e., easy walk harness and SENSE-ation harness. It’s common among people with puller dogs. Both components of the harness are at the front, thus making it easier for the dog to move in your direction. You don’t need to pull your dog at any given time when you use a front clip harness. Additionally, some front clip harnesses are equipped with martingale loops to add extra anti-pulling pressure. Using these harnesses doesn’t automatically guarantee to solve your dog’s pulling challenge. According to dog experts, the only way to correct this is to train your pet consistently. The best thing about these harnesses is that they discourage pulling and give directional control.

Dog head halter

They’re categorized into Gentle Leader and Halti head halters. These harnesses are suitable for overactive, aggressive, and strong dogs. The dog head halter makes it easier to control your dog with minimal effort. All physically strong and aggressive dogs need these harnesses to correct their general behavior. There have been some misconceptions that dogs can’t bite, eat, bark, or drink when these harnesses are used. The truth is that these harnesses don’t limit any of these activities. Dog head halters also help protect other people, especially if your dog has aggression problems.

Back clip dog harness

This harness has the D-ring positioned on the dog’s back. Most pet owners like this dog harness due to its ease and simplicity of putting on dogs. Recent studies show that most dog breeds adjust to these harnesses much quicker than all other types. Back clip harnesses are common among small dog breeds that can’t use collars due to the risk of neck injury. The second reason most pet owners prefer these dog harnesses is that using retractable dog leash is possible. People with strong untrained dogs are discouraged from purchasing these harnesses since they can harm their pet’s throat and neck and lack proper control.

Top types of dog harnesses:

Dual clip dog harness

This harness has both front and back clips to attach the leash. It’s common among pet owners who want to use both sides to guide their dogs when walking in different ways. The back clip on the harness is more dominant than the front clip. Pet owners use the back clip when they need more control of their dogs, particularly if they like jumping up and down. The best thing about these harnesses is that both clips can be used at the same time. They both provide better control over the dog. People with large and strong dogs should consider looking for durable harnesses.

Harness and lead combination

This is an effective tool that helps dog owners control their pets with minimal pulling on walks. Harness and lead combination reduces time consumption and gives the pet owner a great chance to bond with dogs. The best part about harness lead is that it changes shape depending on the dog’s shape. This makes it easier for dogs to grow to adulthood properly and disciplined. Harness lead is made of double-braided polyester, similar to the boat’s dock line. This makes it sturdy, thus withstanding a lot of pressure. Harness lead tightens the pet’s chest. They also come in multiple colors, sizes, and materials.

Treadmill harness

If you’re a dog owner, there are high chances that you’ll take your pet for a walk from time to time. This not only helps your dog exercise but also strengthens your bond. In some cases, taking your dog for a walk might not be practically possible, especially if your region has bad weather or you’re too busy with your daily routines. In such cases, a dog treadmill harness can help. Most of them are affordable and space-saving. The best thing about these harnesses is that they can be used for all dogs regardless of age and location.