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.

Adorable white dog at sunset
Dog harness are safer than collars because they wrap around your dog’s torso rather than its neck.Rabbitgoo

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

Rabbitgoo Dog Harness No-Pull Pet Harness
This dual-purpose hybrid harness comes in four sizes, with adjustable fast-release buckles.Rabbitgoo

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

FIVEWOODY Tactical Dog Training Harness No Pulling Front Clip Leash
This harness features both a back hook and a handle.FIVEWOODY

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

PetSafe Easy Walk Dog Harness, Medium, Black/Silver
This adjustable front hook harness comes in a variety of sizes and colors.PetSafe

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.