With so many dog harnesses available, it can be overwhelming to figure out which is best for your dog! Harnesses are typically chosen over collars to decrease pressure on dogs’ necks, which can help prevent injury to the trachea. This is crucial especially for smaller dogs, brachiocephalic breeds, and dogs that tend to pull. Here, we provide a guide to types of dog harnesses so that you can choose which suits your pooch best.
2 Main Types
There are 2 main types of harnesses that you’ll often see, and the main difference between them is what is known as the “ring” placement – this is where the leash hooks onto.
- Back-clip Harness: This is likely the most common style, and the dog’s leash will clip onto a ring located at the back of the harness. This could be located either on the neck or the spine area, or sometimes even both. These are great for small dogs and decrease pressure on the trachea. They’re also comfortable and easy for your furry friend to wear, and decrease the chances of your dog’s legs getting tangled up in a loose leash. However, if your dog is a puller, it means less control – the back-clip attachment of this type of harness makes it easier for your dog to pull.
- Front-clip Harness: The leash for this type of harness clips to the front of the chest, giving you more control. If your dog tries to pull during a walk, the position of the ring means that it is difficult for it to do so.
- Dual-clip Harness: Okay, there’s a third type of harness – a combination of both of the above! This clips the leash to both the front and back of your dog and is used mostly by dog trainers.
Now, let’s talk about harness styles!
Vest harnesses are comfortable, secure, and come in a range of styles. They’re often padded, which decreases the chances of chafing. They’re an ideal option for smaller dogs and have clips in the front, back, or both.
The name refers to the way you’ll put the harness on. Spread it onto the floor and let your pup step in, then pull both sides up around your dog’s chest and clip to close. Most step-in harnesses utilize a back-clip.
Padded Chest Harness
This is pretty much the step-in harness, with the added benefit of a padding in the chest plate.
If your furry friend tends to wriggle out of its harness, this can be a good choice. It keeps the pressure of your dog’s trachea while making it harder for him to slip out! You put it on by slipping it over your dog’s head, then allowing it to step in with one foot. You’ll then wrap the remaining strap around your dog’s girth area. Roman harnesses clip at the top.
Ready to Walk?Once you’ve got your dog’s leash and harness all picked out, it’s time for a walk! Read more about why you need to take your dog for a walk. We hope that you will relish your daily walks with your furry pal.