Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Dog Harness

A dog harness is less harmful than a dog collar and it can give your greater control over your pooch.

Most dogs sport collars with a clip for a leash and to carry their dog tags. But for training and controlling your dog, a harness is a much better option. We’ve all seen those collared dogs gasping while their owners turf-surf behind them. Harnesses can combat pulling, aid in training, adapt to secure your dog in a vehicle, and are great for working out with your dog running alongside you or your bike. There are harnesses with front hooks, others with back attachments, and still others are hybrid arrangements that include both. Here’s how to choose the best for your dog.

Hybrid Dog Harness

This dual-purpose hybrid harness comes in four sizes, with adjustable fast-release buckles. Rabbitgoo

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Hybrid dog harnesses feature two attachment points (front and back). They are popular because they can serve a dual purpose, depending on which attachment point is used. When training a dog not to pull, use the front attachment point (on the chest). For all-purpose wear, tying out or running, use the hook mounted on the back (between the shoulder blades).

Back Hook Body Harness

This harness features both a back hook and a handle. FIVEWOODY

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The back-hook attachment on a harness lends itself not only to easily walking or running alongside your dog, but to tying your dog out, or attaching to a safety clip fitting into a vehicle’s seat buckle.

Front Hook Harness

This adjustable front hook harness comes in a variety of sizes and colors. PetSafe

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The front hook harness works best for controlling pulling dogs because the sideways pull thus generated frustrates the dog’s desire to pull forward. Front hooked harnesses are not good for tying dogs out since they tend to promote chewing.