Everything You Need to Know About Dog Harnesses

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Introduction

Taking your dog for a walk without the proper equipment can be a literal drag for all parties involved. Thankfully, the pet product market is revolutionizing the way we walk our pals with a variety of harnesses to suit every furry companion. The sheer volume of harness types available is enough to have the professionals scratching their heads about which is right for their pooch. While front-clip, back-clip, tightening, and other types of harnesses have their strong suits, they may not be the right choice for your pup — but that's where we come in! Read on to find out which harness type is right for your fur-baby.

Back-Clip Harnesses

A back-clip harness is a fantastic tool for brachiocephalic breeds since it alleviates pressure that a standard collar and leash puts on a dog's throat. These can be purchased at any big box store without breaking the bank. This style, while great for well-behaved and small dogs, can intensify the effects of pulling for owners with larger dogs and increase the risk of being dragged by an excitable pooch.

Front-Clip Harnesses

Front-clip harnesses are the favorite type of many dog trainers since they allow the walker to control the of the dog's center of gravity. This positioning allows for quick corrections while walking and helps to eliminate pulling. The only downside to these is that if the leash isn't held upward by the owner, it can become wrapped around the dog's front legs.

Tightening Harnesses

Tightening harnesses work similarly to a choke collar, in that they tighten around the dog's torso when the dog pulls. While these can be a furrific training tool, improper fits or styles can cause injury, loss of interest in walking, and even aggressive tendencies. Talk to your vet or training professional for advice on selecting the right tightening harness for your canine.
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Small Dog Harnesses

Small dog harnesses are a great option for Chihuahuas or Yorkies who tend to slip right out of their usual buckle collar on walks. When purchasing a harness for a tiny but mighty pup, make sure you choose one that is lightweight and is made of a soft material like nylon, mesh, or fabric that will not irritate the skin under their front legs.

Dog Harnesses with Handles

This style of harness is often chosen for guide dogs since it gives the owner a handhold which provides them with extra support and guidance while walking. Many owners and trainers of civilian canines favor this style since it gives the walker more control. This one of the best options for dogs with tendencies to be hyperactive or aggressive and puppies still learning the ins and outs of walking etiquette.