Dog Harness for Dog Walking

Dog HarnessesA dog harness can be an important part of any walking team. A harness is simply a loop-restraint which can be a better option for dogs that pull or jump on the leash. The harness is used in replacement of the collar, which can be good for commands like “Come” and “Heel”, but is ultimately detrimental for teaching a dog to walk on a leash properly.

When walking a dog with a collar on, the dog’s want to pull is reinforced because when the dog pulls forward, the human follows. However, a harness secures the dog and offers the walker the reins of control via the many contact points on the dog’s torso and shoulder area. When looking for a harness that will fit, it is important to measure your dog’s body length, chest circumference, and neck circumference. Just as the “two-finger rule” is used to fit a collar, you should be able to fit two fingers between the neck strap and the chest strap of the fitted harness.

If harnesses are better for walking, why doesn’t everyone have one? Harnesses cost no more than collars, and can be found as cheap as nine dollars while the flashier ones can go as high as fifty dollars online. Well, not all dogs need the extra direction. It is possible to teach a dog to walk with a collar, but dogs who habitually tangle themselves in their leashes,refuse to walk, or are just uncomfortable need another option.

Most small dog breeds, like pugs, need another option too. Due to their small wind cavities and weak neck muscles, a collar may make it hard to breathe. Handicapped or injured dogs find the harness a better fit than the collar. These dogs appreciate the body support of the harness over the focused pressure of a collar.

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