Leashes and Collars and Harnesses – Oh My!! Which is the Best Choice for Your Dog? Part III: Harnesses

The final part three of our series has arrived! In the first two parts of this series, you’ve read all about the dozens of types of leashes and collars that are out on the market, and now, we’ll give you our thoughts on the different types of harnesses out there for your pup!

If we had to pick between leashes, collars and harnesses, we have to say that harnesses are probably the most confusing dog-walking accessory between the three! There are just so so so many variations of the classic harness design that include different materials, clips, extenders, purposes… the list just goes on! Even though we come across harnesses all the time as dog walkers ourselves, we still get stumped on exactly where the clips fasten certain ones sometimes! If you’re confused about which harness may or may not be suited for your dog, read on to find out the 411 on the harnesses that we’ve encountered below!

 

  • Rockit wears a harness with a soft mesh material.

    Rockit wears a harness with a soft mesh material.

    Back Clip Harnesses:

  • These are the most classic, straight-forward harnesses. The normal set up is that your dog steps his or her two front legs in the two holes, the fastening clip goes on the back, and then you attached the leash to the back — easy peasy! These are probably our favorites because their assembly is least confusing and most self explanatory! A lot of our smaller dogs utilize these and provide a good fit for those looking for a harness for their smaller pup.
    • We will warn you, other variations of this type of harness look similar to what we’ve described but they can be so, so confusing! There exists a headache of different features that come into play… straps that clip on one or both sides, velcro attachments, and differing materials, strap colors, and places where your dog is supposed to step in in order for the harness to go on properly… it can be hard to keep up! For those of you who have a less-than easy harness, let us know if you have a hard time putting it on!
Chance and Ninja both wear the Easy Walk harness clipped in the back and the front!

Chance and Ninja both wear the Easy Walk harness clipped in the back and the front!

 

Having two different colors helps with attaching this harness together! Picture courtesy of PetSafe.net

Having two different colors helps with attaching this harness together! Picture courtesy of PetSafe.net

  • Easy-Walk Harness:
  • If your dog is a big puller, these harnesses are AMAZING! Because the leash has an option to clip to the front of the harness, your dog will be forced to turn its body completely around towards you which discourages the pulling altogether. You can also clip the leash to a back clip on the harness, as well. Although these feature two different colors on the straps, we highly suggest keeping one end if not both together fastened together to make it easier to attach. We’ve seen the clips attached on both sides and have struggled to put it back together again! Without any of the clips attached you may be asking yourself if you have a dog harness or a dog thong!

 

Gidget rocks her Freedom No-Pull with the velvet straps!

Gidget rocks her Freedom No-Pull with the velvet straps!

 

  • Freedom and Freedom No-Pull Harness:
  • We have some clients who utilize these and we love them! These are also just as effective as the easy-walk harnesses in regards to pulling. Both the Freedom and Freedom No-Pull are issued by the same company and feature a clip on both the front and clip on the back with a martingale loop. Either is great for dogs that pull as attaching the clip to the front gives the benefit of turning your dog’s body around while attaching the clip to the back creates a light tightening. The difference between the two is that the Freedom No-Pull harness has the velvet straps under the arms so it doesn’t irritate your pup; certainly a feature that we love!

 

 

So there’s the inside scoop of all things harnesses! There are certainly dozens upon dozens of different variations and styles of the basic types of harnesses that you’ll find in your local pet store; hopefully we’ve helped to narrow down which one would be best suited for your dog! We are always coming across new and different types of leashes, collars, and harnesses in general — we get that it can quickly becoming overwhelming! If there’s a harness that you’ve had a lot of success with, let us know! We would love to get some feedback! As always, thanks for reading and happy walking!

 

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