Almost 65 million U.S. households have dogs. That’s a number that steadily increases every year. Do you have a dog? Are you planning on getting one?
One of your top responsibilities besides keeping your dog safe is to give your dog adequate exercise. Most people do this with one or two walks a day.
States and localities have leash laws so your first piece of required equipment for dog walking is the leash, but then you have a choice as to how you’ll attach the leash.
What is best for walking your dogs: dog harnesses or collars? Stick with us as we compare the two choices and explain which is best for your dog’s daily walk.
Harnesses for Dogs
There are two different types of harnesses. Let’s take a look at them so you can decide which type works best for your dog.
This version was developed for working dogs pulling heavy loads. It evenly distributes the pressure from the leash throughout the dog’s body. It makes pulling more comfortable for a dog.
Body harnesses are perfect for small dogs, cats, and puppies. Body harnesses protect their necks and spines from getting hurt by sharp pulling on a leash.
These harnesses are also great for older dogs who might need help getting up onto their four legs. The harness does not force too much pressure on any one area.
If you have a dog who you want to teach to stop pulling, this is not the harness for you. It makes it more comfortable for the dog to pull and that’s the opposite of what you want.
A front-clip harness has a similar design, but it fits differently. The clip for the leash is on the chest plate. There are horizontal straps that partially restrict the dog from moving its shoulders.
These harnesses are great for training a large dog especially when the dog wants to walk you rather than the other way around. Because the clip is on the chest, when they pull they end up turning to the side and slowing down.
They eventually learn that pulling will not get them where they want to go. Once they learn to walk without pulling, it’s time to clip it to the back attachment.
Check out this no pull dog harness. It’s guaranteed to be the last harness you’ll ever need.
While collars are great to attach ID tags and for your dog to wear around the house (more comfortable than a harness), they are not the best choice for walking your dog.
In instances where your dog is well-trained and well-mannered, they’re fine. They are also easier when you want to just clip the leash and go.
Are Dog Harnesses Better?
Now that you know the difference between using collars and dog harnesses, are you inclined to think harnesses are better? They keep the dog more secure and are better for their necks. No more choking or coming out of the collar!
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