Best Harness for Pitbulls (to Stop Pulling) of 2019

Best Harness for Pitbulls (to Stop Pulling) of 2019

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  • Last Updated: 02/27/2019
  • Author: Jonathan Burton

Pitbulls are loyal, loveable, and strong pups. While some owners may resort to pinch or prong collars to keep these athletic dogs under control, we’ve found that most dogs thrive with the proper harness and training. To help you find the perfect fit, we reviewed the top 23 harnesses for pitbulls. After evaluating each of the harnesses carefully–and combing through owner feedback–we’ve selected our overall favorite: Embark Adventure Harness. It’s an all-in-one solution that’s comfortable, well-fitting,built to withstand lots of stress overtime, and will also help you stay in control during walks. If this isn’t for you, though, we have 22 more harness below!

Click here to scroll down to see what things we look for
when choosing the best pitbull harness

Best Overall

Embark Adventure Harness

9/10

Easy to put on and take off

The padding is nice and thick

Fully adjustable

Extremely sturdy with reinforced seams

Comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee

High price point

Not a large color selection

Front-clip is not very well reinforced

Sizing is tricky, so be sure to check before purchase

Material
Made with nylon and anti-chafing padding
Design
Designed to evenly distribute stress from pulling
Leash Attachment
2 leash attachments (back-clip and front-clip)
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment (two front buckles and two back plastic clips) that are quadruple reinforced
Colors
3

Best for Training

2 Hounds Design Freedom Harness

9/10

Offers gentle and easy control

Easy adjustments

Fits easily on large dogs

Employs the two leash design

Tricky getting used to two leashes

Training tool for pullers, not ideal for everyday use

Causes sores and rashes

Material
Made from a high quality nylon
Design
Martingale design
Leash Attachment
Both back-clip and front-clip in a tightening harness design
Points of Adjustment
2 straps on the back and chest for adjustments
Colors
8

Best for Outdoors

Ruffwear Front-Range Harness

9/10

Chest is fully adjustable

Tuck ID pocket built in

Easy to put on and take off

Strong aluminium rings and are reinforced with webbing

High price point

Neck size is not fully adjustable

Weak attachment point webbing

Material
Made from premium nylon and foam padding panels
Design
Designed to slip over your dog’s head and has tuck ID pocket
Leash Attachment
2 leash attachments (front-clip and back-clip)
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment (2 front and 2 back)
Colors
6

Best for Security

Kurgo TRU-Fit Harness

8/10

Very easy to fit and adjust

Extremely high quality and durable

Additional strap for seatbelt use is very useful for car rides

Very adjustable around chest

Perfect for short haired dogs

Lifetime warranty

Machine washable

Front-clip does cause harness to be tugged to one side if your pitbull is big puller

Front-clip is not ideal for daily use

Some of stitched edges are pointy

No points of adjustment in the neck

Plastic buckles rest on skin

Not too easy to put on

Material
Made from premium nylon and interior is padded
Design
Designed to slip over your dog’s head
Leash Attachment
2 strong
metal leash attachment points (back-clip and front-clip)
Points of Adjustment
5 points of adjustment (1 chest and 4 girth)
Colors
1

Best Value

Rabbitgo Harness

8/10

Low price point

Distributes pulling pressure through harness

Easy control

Two buckles make it easy to put on and take off

Reflective straps

Adjustments aren’t easy

Padding isn’t great - known to cause chafing with pitbulls

Can’t withstand long-term stress of pulling

Material
Made from premium nylon and interior is soft mesh
Design
Slip on design
Leash Attachment
2 sturdy metal attachment points (front-clip and back-clip)
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment (2 front and 2 back)
Colors
3

Best Quality

Ruffwear Web Master Secure

8/10

Very durable

Belly strap makes it nearly impossible to escape from

Plastic buckles are padded and do not rest on skin

Reflective trimming

High price point

Not the easiest to adjust

Does not help with pulling

Will not withstand long-term stress

Fairly heavy harness

Material
Made from premium nylon
foam padded interior
and reinforced handle
Design
Leash Attachment
2 back-clip attachments mid-back and far-back
Points of Adjustment
5 (2 across the belly
1 down the chest
and 2 at the base of the neck)
Colors
3

PetSafe Easy Walk Harness

8/10

Excellent customer service

Does not choke

Perfect for pullers

Emphasis on “PERFECT FIT GUARANTEE”

Tricky to adjust

Webbing may chaff if used all day

Doesn’t hold up when wet

Material
Made from durable nylon material
Design

-pull design
Leash Attachment
1 leash attachment point (front-clip)
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment (2 chest and 2 girth)
Colors
7

Yogadog Harness

8/10

Elastic handle takes off the impact on the shoulders

Padded breastplate to reduce chafing

Handle offers great control

Reflective stitching

Does not help with pulling

Elastic handle will stretch over time under stress

Sizing is a little off (runs big)

Material
Made with nylon straps and soft-comfortable mesh padding
Design
Special elastic handle design
Leash Attachment
3 points of adjustment
Points of Adjustment
1 leash attachment point (back-clip)
Colors
1

PYRUS K8 Harness

7/10

Made specifically for big dogs

Very easy to put on and take off

Wriggle resistant

Fitting instructions are easy to follow

Chest size runs big

Does not help with pulling

Will rip under constant stress

Material
Made from high-quality nylon and has soft mesh interior
Design
Designed with reinforced nylon handle for control
Leash Attachment
1 metal leash attachment point (back-clip)
Points of Adjustment
2 points of adjustment (strap under the belly and chest piece)
Colors
1

Copatchy No-Pull Harness

6/10

No stress on dogs neck

Low price point

Very easy to adjust and secure

Plastic buckles lay on skin (may cause chafing)

Performs more like a collar than a harness

Does nothing to prevent pulling

Material
Made with soft mesh and nylon handle on the back
Design
Reinforced handle for emergency situations
Leash Attachment
1 back-clip leash attachment point
Points of Adjustment
2 points of adjustment (chest and belly)
Colors
4

URPOWER Dog Harness

5/10

Low price point

Very durable and sturdy

180-day warranty

Comes with a matching leash

Sides of harness and leash will fray over time

Much heavier than it looks

Constantly needs adjusting

Doesn’t help with pulling

Material
Made of-high density nylon layers and cotton padding
Design
Step-in harness
Leash Attachment
2 stainless D-rings attachment (back-clips)
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment
Colors
2

OneTigris Tactical Harness

7/10

Durable in most areas

Buckles are situated for reduced chafing

Great for service dogs

MOLLE system on both sides (details below)

4 quick-release plastic buckles

Handle known to tear over time

High price point

Does not hold up to chronic pulling

Material
Made with high quality nylon and padded in all pressure areas
Design
Slip on harness with MOLLE system integrated into the harness
Leash Attachment
1 back-clip
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment (2 across the chest and 2 under the belly)
Colors
4

BABYLTRL Dog Harness

6/10

Sturdy handle

Plastic buckles are on the padding to prevent chafing

Soft mesh padding to reduce chafing

Very easy to adjust

Reflective stitching

The plastic clips are not durable

D-ring isn’t metal or very cheap metal

Not ideal for super pullers

Material
Made from lightweight nylon oxford material
Design

-pull design that evenly distributes pressure throughout the body
Leash Attachment
2 D-ring leash attachment points (front-clip and back-clip)
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment
Colors
1

Dog Vest Harness Padded Adjustable Heavy Duty Attachment

7/10

Heavy-duty and durable

Built specifically for bigger breeds

Offers some control (but no front-clip)

High price point

Little adjustability

No padding in chest area

Material
Harness and straps are all one piece of high-grade nylon
Design
Designed to distribute pressure across the padded chest piece
Leash Attachment
1 back clip with 2 metal 2 D-rings
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment
Colors
1

JUXZH Soft Front Dog Harness

8/10

Easy to put on and take off

Lightweight mesh padding for chest and belly

Strong draflex buckles

Extremely durable

Wonderful range of color options

Improper sizing will allow your dog to escape

Puts pressure on the neck

Material
Made from durable scratch-resistant oxford material (resembles nylon)
Design
Designed for distribute pressure on the chest and handle on back for added control
Leash Attachment
2 leash attachment points (O-ring front-clip and V-ring back-clip)
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment (2 front and 2 back)
Colors
9

Pet LOVERS Stuff Harness

7/10

Easy to put on and take off

Designed specifically for big dogs

Handle offers some control

Made with sturdy material

90-day no-risk money-back guarantee

Mesh collects hair like a lint roller

Does not help with pulling (be ready for “sleddog mode”)

Material
Fully padded with lightweight mesh lining with nylon handle
Design
Completely adjustable to fit chest girth
Leash Attachment
1 leash attachment point (back-clip)
Points of Adjustment
2 points of adjustment (1 front and 1 back)
Colors
1

Didog Leather Spiked & Studded Dog Harness

4/10

Handmade quality

Extremely durable

3-in-1 (comes with a matching collar and leash)

Offers very little control

Sizing is very restrictive

Metal studs cause rubbing and chafing

Can be an intimidating appearance

Material
Handmade with genuine leather
studded with metal spikes
Design
Slip-on with design
Leash Attachment
1 leash attachment point (back-clip)
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment (2 front and 2 girth)
Colors
9

BARKBAY No-Pull Dog Harness

5/10

Easy to put on and take off

Padding offers excellent protection to chafing

Bottom section designed to stretch

Reflective material stitched directly

Underside material attracts dog hair

Not ideal for pullers

Puts pressure on the neck

No measurements provided online for the neck

Material
Made with premium nylon and extra padding in the interior
Design
Slip on harness with top easy-lift handle for extra control
Leash Attachment
2 leash attachment points (front-clip and back-clip)
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment (2 front and 2 back)
Colors
4

Berry Pet Spikes Studded Leather Harness

4/10

Extremely durable

Handmade

3-in-1 (comes with a matching collar and leash)

Offers very little control

Sizing is very restrictive

Metal studs cause rubbing and chafing

Can be an intimidating appearance

Material
Handmade with genuine leather
studded with silver spikes
Design
Slip on harness
Leash Attachment
1 leash attachment point (back-clip)
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment
Colors
3

Lifepul Vest Harness

6/10

Easy to put on and take off

Durable nylon handle

No neck pressure

Very sturdy construction

Handle offers a lot of control off-leash

Low price point

Does not help pullers

Not adjustable in the front

Material
Nylon exterior with soft
padded mesh interior
Design
Unique no-pull design with adjustable locks/buckles
Leash Attachment
1 Back-clip leash attachment
Points of Adjustment
2 points of adjustment
Colors
2

EXPAWLORER No-Pull Harness

5/10

Perfect for big dogs

Low price point

Extra rubber handle for additional control

Wide, long reflective material stitched into harness

Does not stay snug

Tightening the strap and back securely causes severe chafing

Not easy to control a bad puller

Material
Made with high-grade nylon
Design
Designed with a rubber handle for quick control
Leash Attachment
1 heavy-duty metal D-ring leash attachment point (back-clip)
Points of Adjustment
2 points of adjustment
Colors
7

DogJog Dog Harness

6/10

Chest made of comfy composite mesh

Designed for burly dogs

Heavy padding for comfort

Reflective straps stitched into the harness

Adjustment straps come loose easily

Manufacturing flaws can lead to durability issues

Material
Made of luggage-grade
ballistic nylon webbing
Design

-pull design with an emphasis on the nylon handle for control
Leash Attachment
2 leash attachment points (front-clip and back-clip)
Points of Adjustment
4 points of attachment
Colors
3

Wildjue Dog Harness

7/10

Soft and breathable material

Easy to adjust

Designed to prevent pulling and choking

Reflective material stitched into the harness

Low price point

Needs constant tightening

Some of the outer stitching is just decoration

Material
Constructed from two thick layers of nylon and composite mesh cloth
Design

-pull design with soft edges (reduces chafing)
Leash Attachment
1 back-clip leash attachment
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment
Colors
3

How to Choose A Pitbull Harness

The criteria we considered when reviewing these harnesses included:

  • Safety: How easy is it to adjust? Is it secure?
  • Comfort: Pitbulls have short hair, so we need to be sure we reduce any chance of chafing.
  • Control: For a dog with so much strength, it is essential that you–the owner–stay in control at all times.
  • Durability: Will it hold up when a dog lives a rough-and-tumble lifestyle?
  • Budget: What offers the best bang for your buck?
  • Style: Well, you’ve got to look good right?

Challenges of Pitbulls

When selecting the right harness for your pitbull, there are a few factors we need to keep in mind.

First, pitbulls have notably wide chests and stocky necks. Use a soft tape measure to get your dog’s exact measurements to avoid headaches down the road.

Additionally, our pitbulls have short hair, which is means that they’re prone to rashes and chafing with harnesses. So, we want to ensure that there’s plenty of padding for comfort and as little plastic on their skin as possible.

At this point, it would be remiss to not address the negative stereotypes associated with pitbulls. No matter how gentle your giant or unfair the stigma, it is important to keep your pitbull completely under your control at all times, for your dog’s protection as well as others’.

For this reason, we have little to no tolerance for cheap materials that break or harnesses that are unreliable. Lastly, since they are so strong, a pitbull who pulls can be quite the challenge. You’ve got to be smart on picking a harness, or you could end up being the one who’s walked.

(add a graphic of an owner being pulled into the air like a kite by a pitbull)

If you ever find yourself in this situation, we recommend reaching out to a trainer – because no harness is a proper substitute for training. That being said, there are specific types of harnesses that can help mitigate the problem (which we will get into shortly).

Harness Over Collar

Despite it not yet being common knowledge among dog owners, there is very little debate within the veterinary and training community about the superiority of harnesses to collars.

While collars are useful for identification purposes, the constant pressure on the throat and neck can cause lifelong, devastating damage to the trachea. Sadly, this problem is only magnified when owners resort to using choke or prong collars on their pitbulls. Except in extraordinarily rare cases, no professional should ever recommend a choke or prong collar. To keep safe control over your dog, harnesses and proper training win every time. If you choose your harness carefully, you will be able to have just as much control over your dog without causing them pain or discomfort.

Types of Leash Attachment

When it comes to harnesses, one of the biggest choices you’ll need to make is what kind of leash attachment you choose. Generally speaking, the vast majority of harnesses you encounter will offer one of two options: a back-clip or front-clip.

True to their name, back-clip harnesses have leash attachments that rest on the dog’s back. Attaching your leash in the back prevents legs from getting tangled in the leashes and helps to evenly distribute any pressure across the dog’s chest. Overall, back-clips are the most common harnesses–and the one most dog walkers are familiar with. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only option.

Front-clip harnesses have a leash attachment right in the center of your dog’s chest and are designed to redirect your dog by using their own force against them. Anytime they pull, their momentum makes them turn to the side, thus giving you a lot more control.

Quick Wins – Our Picks

When shopping for a harness for your pitbull, it is important to consider exactly what you want the harness to do. Is it for training or day-to-day walking? Is your dog exceptionally good at wriggling out of harnesses, or are you on a tight budget?

We’ve assembled our top contenders for each specific situation.