Walking your dog should always be an enjoyable experience for you and your dog. One reason why you may not be enjoying yourself is that your dog may be wearing the wrong equipment. There are hundreds of collars, leads, harnesses on the market and it is a total mine field knowing which to choose for the best.
Why should I use a harness?
Training: They are great training tools for puppies learning to walk nicely on lead. and they give the walker more control over a strong dog.
Medical conditions; Some dogs with certain medical injuries, illnesses or conditions that effect the throat, neck or spine would benefit from walking with a harness rather than a collar as it will relieve the pressure from the neck.
Health & Safety; When walking your dog wearing a harness as opposed to a collar, less strain is placed on the neck which makes walks more comfortable for them. Injuries can be caused by a collar if your dog pulls or jumps. Dogs are less likely to escape a harness than a standard collar (although some dogs are still little Houdinies and still manage this if they are not fitted well).
Whether you have never used a dog harness before or you are wanting to try a new type, each have their own benefits and it is easy to get lost wading through the options.
Which different types of harnesse are available?
No pull and training harnesses
These are an amazing aid if your dog pulls on the lead. They usually have multiple connection points for the lead which gives you more control during your walk. A double ended lead goes amazingly with these harnesses! No pull harnesses also offer a customisable fit with multiple points to adjust allowing for most body shapes.
Step in harness
These are usually shaped like a figure of 8 and the dog steps into it. They come in a variety of styles and are brought over the shoulder and fastened on the dog’s back. They are usually made of Nylon and are durable and great for all weathers and typically have padding on various areas for greater comfort.
Ancol® Padded Nylon Dog Harness
These are the most common style of harness and tend to go over the head and clip up around the stomach. They can have padding, felt or mesh support. They are great for dogs with sensitive skin, little or no fur as the soft material minimises the amount of rubbing. They are not designed for strong dogs that pull as they stretch out of shape easily.
How to fit a harness and get my dog used to wearing one?
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