If you’re reading this, I guess you already know that a harness is better for your dog than a leash. And I don’t say it, science says it, although I will tell you that a little later.
But what types of the harness are there? Which of them is best for your dog? How to measure your dear dog to know what size of the harness to choose? Is there a specific type of harness for dogs that pull a lot? Why are the Julius-K9 harnesses so famous?
All the answers to these questions that consume you, as well as our selection of the best harnesses by categories, are just one screen scroll away. Well, maybe more than once, that I get pretty cool. Happy reading!
❥Best dog harness❥
Halti is a brand that stands out for its focus on harnesses for dogs that pull. Its design is quite innovative and usually meets the objective for which it is designed, at least in the vast majority of dogs (there are always exceptions).
Although it can be used with any type of strap, to increase your chances of success with this harness, it is highly recommended that you buy the double strap from the same brand ( we leave it here if you want to take a look)
If one of the things you are looking for in a dog harness is, in addition to the comfort of the animal, design, this could be the model for you. In addition to the typical black and blue to which most harnesses are accustomed, this is also available in bright colours such as orange, pink and green.
This model has two attachment rings, which indicates that it could also be used for dogs that pull a lot.
However, the harness adjustment system is not well designed and if the dog pulls a lot, they move/slide, in such a way that the harness ends up enlarging, with the danger that the dog can escape.
Another of the models of harness for dogs that pull is this one from the Morpilot brand. In addition, it has reflective lines, something that is very useful for night walks, especially if you decide to do without the strap and let it run freely.
One detail that I like is the grip on the top, just above one of the hooks, which allows you to hold the dog short in a tense situation or walk it without a leash if it is one of those who behave well. In addition, if you have questions about how to put the harness, in the description of the product on Amazon you will find a video that explains it in a very simple way.
In addition to being comfortable, easy to don, and effective against pulling, this dog harness is also aesthetically pleasing, which is welcome.
Due to its design, the pressure from the pulls of the strap goes to the chest, which makes it very comfortable for the animal. In addition, at the top, it incorporates a handle that comes in handy to hold the dog when he gets nervous.
It also has a hitch that is used to put a special strap ( like this one ) and turn it into a car harness.
The Julius K9 dog harness is world-famous for its quality, comfort and resistance. So much is its fame that it is one of the most purchased harnesses and best valued by the owners. That is why a little further down we dedicate a specific section.
Among the brand’s products, the IDC model, which is the one that I bring you as the winner of our Top 5 best dog harnesses on the market, is the most modern and advanced.
One of the things I like the most about this brand is that it has developed its own accessories to be able to personalize its harnesses with useful things such as bags/backpacks to store things and other less useful, but equally interesting, such as labels to put the name of your dog.
❥❥❥❥Types of dog harnesses❥❥❥❥
In a world as consumerist as ours you can find harnesses of all the types and colours you can imagine. But in my opinion, despite their multiple designs (vest harness, Norwegian harness, Y-harness, H-harness etc.) in the end dog harnesses could be divided into three types. Basically what changes from one model to another is where they have the hook for the strap. A factor that, at first glance, may seem trivial to you, but which is the most important:
- Front hitch harness – these are the least common but are highly recommended for dogs that pull a lot. The position of the hitch makes it harder for the dog to jerk. Tightening the leash pulls the dog toward you, rather than forward, giving you more control over your pet.
But since nothing is perfect, the front hitch dog harness also has a downside. Some dogs find it somewhat uncomfortable to walk. In addition, it tends to become more easily tangled in the legs. So, if you choose a harness of this type, you should pay special attention to this detail.
- Harness with a hook on the back – as you may have already deduced, this type of dog harness has the ring or the hook for the leash on the back.
This is one of the most common types of harness for its ease of use and for the comfort it provides to the animal. Having the ring away from the trachea is usually recommended for small dogs or with delicate necks.
The downside is that this type of harness does not give you as much control and, of course, does not deter those dogs who are determined to go free. If your pet is as rebellious as my schnauzer or my Yorkie, who when we walk around they look like two huskies pulling a sledge (yes, I am the sledge), this type of harness is not the most suitable for you.
- Hybrid or Dual Harness – A dual hitch harness seems like an ideal solution, as it combines the advantages of a front hitch with a rear hitch harness.
Thus, you can walk your dog calmly with the leash attached to the back of the harness and change it when he begins to pull.
But, apart from being a bit more expensive, precisely because of the double hitch system ‘fault’, some of these harnesses have a design that is uncomfortable for the dog and can cause chafing.
In addition to these three types of dog harness, which we could call walking and/or training, there are also some that fulfil a specific function:
- Car harness – dog harnesses specifically designed to keep your pet safe during car movements are chest harnesses and usually have two rings on the back.
- For your dog to be 100% safe, the RACE recommends a harness with two hooks, which are attached to the hooks of two seat belts. And, of course, during the trip the dog has to go in the back seats, never in the front.
In addition, you should make sure that the connection system between the harness and the seatbelt hooks is as short as possible so that, in the event of an accident, your pet does not hit the rear seats hard. Adjust them so that they are comfortable enough, but without sacrificing safety.
- Rehabilitation harness – for older dogs, with dysplasia or any other health problem that prevents normal mobility. Depending on the specific needs of each animal, there are those that support the front legs, the back legs or both.
- Rehabilitation harnesses for dogs allow you to securely restrain them while they perform their mobility exercises and also help them take a walk while they recover.
❥What is the best harness for dogs?❥
My answer to this question (and almost all of them) is DEPENDS. If you are looking for a harness for dogs that pull a lot, you should undoubtedly opt for a harness with a front attachment, that is, the ring to attach the strap is on the chest of the animal.
The front harness also comes in handy for large dogs or small dogs that you are still training and teaching how to walk alongside you without jerking.
If your pet has problems with the windpipe, is especially sensitive or has very short legs (either because it is a small dog, or because it is a dachshund type breed), a harness for dogs that has the attachment for the leash on the part of the back would be the ideal choice. In case you have not read the previous point, in which we were talking about the types of harness for dogs, the thing about the legs is because this type of harness is very prone to tangling between them.
But, if you have a dog that constantly pulls, you should not go for this model.
As we’ve discussed before, if you can find a well-designed double hitch dog harness that isn’t overpriced, that would be a good solution.
If you are going to travel, a dog car harness is essential both for your safety and for theirs and if your dog has any mobility problems, the vet will surely recommend a rehabilitation harness.
❥Harness better than a collar?❥
I was telling you at the beginning of this post, for the safety and well-being of your dog, a harness is better than a collar.
The dog’s neck is very delicate and any tugging on the leash, no matter how small, can cause damage and chafing if it is attached to a collar. And yes, there are many models of collars, but according to different studies, none of them offers the guarantee of not injuring your dog internally and/or externally.
The latest study to analyze the negative impact that the collar has on your pet’s health is carried out by a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham Trent (United Kingdom).
According to statements by Dr Anne Carter, a researcher at the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, “all types of dog collar have the potential to cause harm when the dog pulls on the leash.” For her part, Rachel Casey says that dogs get very excited when they go for a walk, so the problem of jerking is quite common. According to the director of Canine Behavior and Research at the same university, the recommendation to dog owners is to ‘connect a leash to a well-adjusted harness, particularly if your dog is likely to pull on the leash during a walk. Read the full article here.
❥How to measure your dog to buy a harness?❥
One very important thing when buying a harness for your dog is to find the right size. Whether it is large or small, it will end up disturbing the animal. In the first case, the dog may make an escapism movement and let go, while in the second it could suffer rubbing.
Although the weight of your pet can serve as a guide, it is best to take the measurements. When buying a harness, take a good look at the size chart, as each manufacturer is different and what is a small size for some may end up being a medium size for others.
So, grab a tape measure and :
- Measure your dog’s neck and write down the measurement (you should have it in both centimetres and inches, as many manufacturers use this second unit of measurement. For your information, 1 inch = 2.54 cm)
- Measure the fullest part of your chest. Most dogs have it behind the shoulder blades, about 3-4 fingers behind the front legs. Make sure the tape measure is neither too tight nor too loose. In this way, the measurement will be more accurate.
- If you are not sure of your dog’s weight, it may be a good idea to weigh it. You can do it at the vet or at home if you have a scale. If you do it at home, the easiest way to do it is for you to get on the scale and write down the weight. Then, pick up your dog and weigh yourself again. Finally, do the subtraction between both weights and the result will be the weight of your dog.
If your dog is between two harness sizes, choose the larger one. Most are usually adjustable, so you can adjust it to make it fit perfectly.
To find out if your dog’s harness is the correct size and is properly adjusted, try putting your fingers under it. If they fit well and there is not much space left, everything is in order.
❥How do you put on a dog harness?❥
Dog harnesses have very different designs. If you have bought one and you have doubts about how to wear it, on YouTube you will find many videos that teach you how to do it, depending on the model.
But regardless of the type of harness, you always have to get your dog used to it , especially if he has never worn one before. Here we leave you an interesting video that explains how to put on a dog harness or rather, what previous work must be done with the animal so that it is delighted to wear its new accessory.
❥Small dog harness❥
In general, harnesses for small dogs tend to have more original designs and colours. In fact, if you have a large dog, you will sadly discover that the colour gamut is limited to shades of blue, black, grey and, if you are lucky, red. As if having a big dog was synonymous with boring.
Besides, most of the harnesses for small and mini breeds are usually either double hook or if you have one, it is usually located on the back. In this way, they avoid any type of damage to their sensitive windpipes and, in addition, the strap is less hooked on their little legs.
❥Harness for medium dogs❥
Medium dog harnesses also come in a variety of designs and colours. Not as wide as that of small dogs, but not as small as that of large dogs.
Take a look at my 3 favourites for dog breeds like Westy, French Bulldog, Beagle, Cocker, and many others.
In any case, remember that the qualification of dogs in small, medium or large breeds should not be decisive when buying a harness for yours. Each dog has its characteristics and if you want to find the right harness size, you have to take the measurements, as we have explained a few paragraphs above, in the section
❥first look at the best dog harnesses❥
In this quick guide, we show you the main characteristics of the dog harnesses that we consider being the most interesting. The first 3 are those with more premium quality, while the following 4 are cheaper (presenting a great value for money) and the last is designed for specific uses (to take the dog in a car, go for a run with him, etc).
❥Dog harnesses designed for specific uses❥
There are harnesses that are not designed for the daily walk of the dog, but for more specific situations or circumstances. Below we show you, several models of this type, suitable, respectively, for working dogs; educate the dog not to pull; to take the dog by car; to go out for a run or bike ride with the dog; or for those looking for a multifunction harness.
❥Opinions and in-depth analysis of the best dog harnesses❥
Below we analyze in-depth what, at MascotaPro, we consider to be the most interesting dog harnesses on the current market. We will do it in the same order in which we have shown them in the quick guide, starting with the premium quality, continuing with the cheaper models and ending with those designed for specific uses.
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