Shopping Guide: Best Dog Harnesses

You want the best for your four-legged friend. Buying him a harness is a definite step in the right direction.

While collars might be the de facto choice for walking a dog, a harness is superior — unless your canine companion always walks perfectly on his leash, that is. In most scenarios, a harness delivers more control. And when your dog pulls on his leash, the harness distributes the force across his chest so he’s not vulnerable to pain or injury.

You might think buying a dog harness is as simple as walking into a pet store and picking up whatever they have in stock. But it's more complex than that. A variety of factors, including your dog's size, shape, strength, and activity level, should play a crucial role in your decision.Dog Harness TypesIs your dog an avid puller? Does he have an unusual shape that might affect the fit of his harness? Do you go on long walks together? Keep the answers to these questions in mind as you explore the different types of dog harnesses available to you.

Dog harness types Back Clip HarnessThis is perhaps the most common type of harness available. It features a single D-ring at the back of the harness, between the dog's shoulders.A back clip harness is best for small dogs and those who walk with a loose leash. If you have a strong dog who doesn't walk nicely on a leash, this type of harness may not be for you, as it basically allows him to drag you around with the full force of his weight. Take a moment when putting on the harness for the time to make sure all the straps are properly fitted and your pal is comfortable.

Dog harness types Front Clip HarnessA front clip harness features a D-ring in the middle of the dog’s chest.This type of harness gives you more control and prevents your dog from pulling you. It’s not uncomfortable for him, either — even if he tries to yank. A front clip harness is perfect for training your dog to walk with a loose leash. It’s also appropriate for anyone who needs to walk a strong dog safely.

Some harnesses have clips on both the front and back. This is ideal if you occasionally need extra control but are typically fine with just a back clip.

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