A dog harness is an essential tool when used correctly. But, not many people know how to pick the right harness for their dog, how to measure for it, and how fit it. Picking a harness for your dog requires knowing the kind and size of the harness as well as how to use it chosen harness. This guide will educate you about how to buy the right harness:
Benefits of a Dog Harness Over a Dog Leash
If your dog pulls on the leash, it may strain or sprain its neck or damage its trachea permanently. A harness is better than a leash as it redirects and redistributes force from pulling more evenly to prevent injury. Dogs that are not easy to control require certain leash pulling training. However, until your dog can be trained, a harness will provide your dog with more control of your pet during walks. Dog collars that provide a single point of control allow very little safe control. But, a harness redistributes the force of your dog and momentum over several points of control.
Kind of Dog Harness to Purchase
Aside from the clip attachment’s location on the harness, there are various kinds of dog harnesses available that may serve a different purpose and work differently in the way they let you control the dog. You need to be familiar with all of these. What you pick will be determined b the needs of your dog and your preference. When you shop for a harness, bring your dog with you so you can try each kind and see which one is the easiest for you to take on and off your pet.
Below are the different kinds of dog harnesses:
- Tightening harness. This kind of dog harness tightens and applies pressure to the dog when it pulls or jumps. Such pressure discourages negative behaviors. This harness is perfect for stubborn pullers and regular jumpers. Also, this adventure harness is ideal for timid dogs or those with a history of abuse and dogs that do not respond well to corrective learning.
- Head harness. A head harness or head collar fits around the muzzle and head of the dog instead of its body. It creates pressure to discourage negative behavior. Also, this harness offers more control over the direction of the dog by controlling head direction and movement. A head harness is ideal for patient and experienced dog trainers, dogs that are easily distracted, and persistent pullers.
- Mobility harness. This harness is designed to assist your dog with limited mobility. It can feature a hip-lift handle, wraparound handles, a back handle, or a strap that passes from the harness’ front to the back.