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Dog Harnesses

If your dog pulls repeatedly on the lead, a harness can help you control and manage them when walking. Dog harnesses direct movement through the animal’s chest and shoulders, rather than placing pressure on the neck. They are very useful when training young or over-excitable dogs. A dog harness can stop puppies getting tangled up in the lead, as well as reducing pressure on your own arms and shoulders when repeatedly hauling back large breeds. Simple nylon dog harnesses can be adjusted to fit. Some lightweight harnesses – featuring elastic chest pieces – are made of soft mesh, good for small and sensitive dogs. Others feature chest straps, reflective strips, and easy-touch magnetic traffic handles. They come in all sizes, materials, colours, and patterns, with car safety harnesses available to secure your pet in the car. Step-in, fast-fit and front-control dog harnesses provide specialist support, while head halters and no-pull harnesses help you control difficult dogs.

Dog Harness FAQs

How to measure a dog for a harness

Measuring your dog for a harness is essential to finding the right size. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Measure your dog's neck circumference by wrapping a tape measure around the base of their neck where the collar usually sits.
  • Step 2: Measure the widest part of your dog's chest, just behind their front legs.
  • Step 3: Measure the length of your dog's body from the base of their neck to the base of their tail.
  • Step 4: Use these measurements to determine the appropriate size range for the harness, and refer to the manufacturer's size chart on the product page for the specific harness you're interested in.

How to put a harness on a dog

To put a harness on your dog, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Unfasten any buckles or snaps on the harness.
  • Step 2: Slide the harness over your dog's head, making sure it's positioned with the front strap on their chest.
  • Step 3: Bring the two sides of the harness around your dog's body and fasten the buckles or snaps securely.
  • Step 4: Adjust the straps to ensure a snug but comfortable fit, making sure it doesn't chafe or restrict movement.
  • Step 5: Double-check that you can fit two fingers between the harness and your dog's body to ensure it's not too tight.

Which harness is best for my dog?

The best harness for your dog depends on various factors, including their size, breed, activity level, and specific needs. Here are some common types of harnesses and their suitable uses:

  • Standard Harness: Ideal for most dogs for daily walks and general use.
  • No-Pull Harness: Great for dogs that tend to pull during walks, as it provides better control and discourages pulling behaviour.
  • Vest Harness: Provides more coverage and support, suitable for dogs with certain health conditions.
  • Step-In Harness: Easy to put on, making it suitable for dogs who are hesitant about having a harness slipped over their head.
  • Back-Clip Harness: Comfortable for small dogs or those with delicate necks, with the leash attachment on their back.
  • Front-Clip Harness: Effective for dogs that tend to pull, as the leash attachment is on their chest, discouraging pulling.
  • Car Safety Harness: Designed to secure your dog safely during car rides, preventing them from roaming and ensuring their safety.
  • Adventure/Sport Harness: Designed for active dogs, offering features like padding, reflective strips, and additional attachment points for outdoor activities.