Dog Harness: Why They're Better Than Collars

Dog Harness: Why They're Better Than Collars

November 02, 2020

We know dog owners love their dogs and do not want to risk injury to them using a collar. We're going to dive deep into the world of harnesses so you can understand the top choices to choose from.


Things to Consider When Choosing a Dog Harness:

  • Type of harness
  • Selection based on breed, size and intended use
  • Introducing your dog to a harness
  • Which situations warrant a dog collar

There are different types of dog harnesses we're going to cover.

Body Harnesses

Body harnesses are good for small dogs, cats and puppies who have fragile neck and spines that can be hurt by any sudden pull. Large dogs also benefit from this type of harness as well if you want more control. Body harnesses usually have an leash attachment point at the back of the harness where you clip your leash onto. These harnesses come in halter style or a body harness. Halter styles are harnesses that can be put on and taken off very easily by putting it over your dog's head with a snap of a buckle. Body harnesses go on like a t-shirt in which you slide the entire harness over your dog's head and body then loop their legs through the front sleeves.

Front Clip Harnesses

Front clip harnesses are designed much similar to a body harness. The main difference is there is an leash attachment point on the chest plate and also the back. These type of harnesses really help if your dog is a puller. Front clip harnesses are usually used for medium-large breed dogs.

A Note about Collars

Harnesses are usually the safer choice but there comes a time when you should use a collar under certain circumstances.

When To Use a Collar

Collar's are best used for the attachment of dog ID tags as they are less prone to getting caught on objects. It's also more comfortable for your dog to wear these for long periods of time.

Use the guide above to consider which type of dog harness you need!