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Choosing the Right Dog Harness 101

Ever feel like walkies with your pupper are more of a tug-of-war than a stroll through the park? 

You are by no means on your own – just think back to 101 Dalmatians, how Pongo met Perdita (live action and animation).

In fact, it's so common that there is a YouTube category dedicated to Dog Walk Fails.

Many dog owners struggle with leash-pulling, making walks frustrating for them and their pups.

That's where a dog harness comes in!

A well-fitting harness can be a game-changer, giving you more control and making walks a joy for everyone.

With so many options to consider, each with its unique features, it can be ‘ruff’ to decide which is the best fit. Luckily, this guide will make your search easy and fun.


In three easy steps, you'll be a dog harness pro!

  • Learn about the different types of dog harnesses and their pros and cons.
  • Learn how to measure your dog for a perfect fit, ensuring they're comfortable and stylish in their new gear.
  • Explore the benefits and key features to consider when choosing a dog harness.

    Dog Harness Types

    Several dog harness types are on the market, so you can rest assured that you will find the perfect solution for your doggo.

    Step-in Harnesses

    These are like vests for your dog. They're easy to put on and take off by simply stepping your dog's legs through the openings. This makes them a great choice for busy mornings or for dogs who dislike having things pulled over their heads.

    Back-Clip Harnesses

    These harnesses have a leash attachment ring on the back, typically between your dog's shoulder blades. They offer good control for general walks and are a familiar choice for many pet owners.

    Front-Clip Harnesses

    These harnesses have a leash attachment ring on the front of the chest, usually with a strap across the dog's back. When you pull on the leash, it gently turns your dog's body towards you, helping to redirect their attention if they tend to pull on walks.

    No-Pull Harnesses

    These harnesses feature a range of innovative designs aimed at minimizing pulling behavior. 

    Some have a front-clip attachment point like a regular front-clip harness, but with a different design, creating a steering effect when your dog pulls.

    Others have a unique chest strap that tightens slightly to discourage pulling without choking your dog. 

    No-pull harnesses can be a great option for dogs who get too excited on walks and forget their leash manners.

    Think about your dog's personality and walking habits when choosing a type of harness.

    For example:

    • A laid-back pup might do well with a step-in or back-clip harness.
    • A leash puller might benefit from a front-clip or no-pull harness.

    Dog Harness Sizing

    A dog harness that's too loose can be uncomfortable and allow your dog to escape, while one that's too tight can chafe or restrict their movement. So, getting the right size is key!

    Here's how to measure your dog for a harness:

    1. Grab a soft measuring tape.
    2. Measure your dog's neck circumference. Ensure the tape is fitted securely but comfortably, allowing ample room to slide two fingers between it and your dog's neck.
    3. Measure the widest part of your dog's chest. This is right behind their front legs.

    After measuring your pup, check the manufacturer's harness sizing chart - companies differ in their measurements. Most harnesses are adjustable, so you can fine-tune the fit for your dog's comfort.

    Also, watch your dog closely to see how they act while wearing the harness.


    Benefits of a Dog Harness

    Dog harnesses offer a whole paw-ful of benefits for you and your pup.

    • Reduced Neck Strain. Unlike collars, which concentrate pressure on the neck, harnesses distribute it evenly across your dog's chest and shoulders. This is necessary, particularly for small dogs or breeds prone to breathing issues.
    • Better Control. Harnesses give you more control during walks, making it easier to guide your dog and prevent them from pulling or lunging.
    • Escape Prevention. A well-fitting harness makes it harder for your dog to slip out, keeping them safe during walks and adventures.
    • Comfort. A good quality harness is padded and comfortable for your dog, making walks more enjoyable.


    Dog Harness Features

    When choosing a dog harness, consider these features for ultimate comfort and control.

    • Padding. For your dog's comfort, look for a harness with soft padding on the chest and back straps.
    • Adjustability. Adjustable straps ensure a snug but comfortable fit for your growing pup.
    • Reflective Trim. Opt for a harness with reflective trim to enhance your dog's visibility during nighttime walks.
    • Multiple Leash Attachment Points. Some harnesses have leash attachment points on the back and front. This enables you to pick the best position for control or no-pull training.

    Ready to find the perfect dog harness for your best furry bud?

    At Cute Pet Supplies, we offer high-quality dog harnesses to suit every pup's personality and needs.

    Browse our collection of comfy, stylish, and functional harnesses, and get ready for wagging-tail walks that are fun for you both!






    Photo by Roman Tymochko

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