This is an extremely important factor in a harness. The material contributes to the quality of the harness and helps you understand its intended purpose. For example, if you and your dog go on hikes, it’s probably for the best that you know the material is tough, water resistant, and can handle whatever nature throws at it.
Some harness are slip-ons, step-ins, or something in between when it comes to design. Pick one that “fits” your dog and what’s easier for you to put on them.
The type of leash attachments a harness sports could mean the difference between your dog going into sled mode or offering you a lot of control for your walks. Which is why you need to consider it when you pick a harness, because you should be walking your dog – not the other way around.
Points of Adjustment
Making sure a harness is going to fit is extremely important and knowing you can make adjustments so it fits your dog perfectly, priceless.
Some of the harnesses out there are more practical with less color options, but some are extremely fashionable!
Body Type Matters
It’s no surprise that dogs come in all shapes and sizes. But as owners, we need to be extra sure to meet all the needs of our dogs when it comes to picking a harness that will properly fit them. Some dogs, like Dachshunds, need a little bit more support than a bigger dog. But with a bigger dog, you may need to opt-in for a harness that is tougher and helps with control.
With that said, just because a harness is excellent for 90% of all dog breeds doesn’t mean it’s good for yours. Check out some of our breed-specific harness reviews for more information:
– Dachshund Harness Reviews
– Pitbull Harness Reviews
– French bulldogs
Harness vs. Collar
Collars are an item that every dog should wear for identification purposes. However, there’s little debate within the veterinary and training community about the superiority of harnesses to collars for walking your dog.
Using just a collar for walks can lead to devastating damage to the trachea due to the constant pressure on the throat and neck. This is only magnified when owners resort to using choke or prong collars. Here’s a resource rating different types of harness compared to collars.
In order to keep safe control over your dog, harnesses are a safe and easy way to do it. But harness should be used alongside proper training. Training wins everytime. But with harness you have a lot of options to consider, especially with leash attachments.
Types of Leash Attachment
Leash attachments are where you attach your leash (shocker!) but the different types give you vastly different amounts of control.
Back-clip harnesses: This type of leash attachment is always found on the dog’s back. The beauty of this leash attachment is you don’t need to worry about them getting tangled but be warned, if you have a puller they can go full dog-sled on you.
Front-clip harnesses: Have a terrible puller and need some assistance training them to walk? Then the this type of leash attachment is perfect for your needs. It give you a lot more control because it’s located at the front of the harness. So when your dog pulls towards something, they naturally just turn themselves around, losing all their momentum! Isn’t physics great! Overall, this is perfect for the short-term until they’re trained to walk properly. Due to it being located on the front, it’s prone to getting tangled and under your dog’s legs.
The most important thing about leash attachments is you pick the one that fits your needs. You’ll find many harnesses actually have both, giving you the flexibility to decide which one to use.
Time to Suit Up
We hope that these reviews have helped you pick the perfect fit for you and your dog. There are a lot of options out there but we’re sure that you’ll be able to find one that your puppy loves. Let us know which one you decided to go with and enjoy the walks with your furry friend!