Category: Dog Harness

The 5 Types of Dog Harnesses

The 5 Types of Dog Harnesses

Podcast | Kiara – The 5 Types of Dog Harnesses


Every expert agrees that wearing a harness while walking your dog is safer than leading them by the collar.

With so many different types of dog harnesses on the market, it can be difficult to find the right one for your pup! The main advantage of using a harness instead of a traditional collar for walks is that it relieves pressure on your dog’s neck, potentially preventing tracheal injury. 

Different Types Of Harnesses

Table of Contents

  1. Back-clip harnesses have the D-ring (where the leash attaches) on top.
  2. Front-Clip Harnesses
  3. Dual-Clip Harnesses
  4. Step-In Harness
  5. Head Halters

1. Back-clip harnesses have the D-ring (where the leash attaches) on top

Benefits: You have more control over your dog than you would with a flat collar. To avoid tangling, keep the leash up and away from your dog’s legs. The D-ring is placed lower on your dog’s back and away from their neck, which reduces the risk of injury.

Back-clip harnesses can exacerbate pulling problems, which is by far the most significant disadvantage. Because dogs move in the opposite direction of the force applied to them, if you pull on top of them, they will pull forward.

dog wearing harness pawrulz


2. Front-Clip Harnesses

Front-clip harnesses are similar to back-clip harnesses in appearance, but the D-ring is located on your dog’s chest. If your dog pulls, you should probably start with one of these harnesses.

Advantages: The front attachment point discourages your dog’s natural pulling instinct. Some have Martingale loops to apply additional pressure, discouraging pulling even more. You can direct your dog by laying the leash on either side of him.

Disadvantages: The leash becomes tangled in your dog’s legs more easily, and swinging it from one side of your dog to the other can be difficult (their snout gets in the way).

bull dog wearing violet and red harness


3. Dual-Clip Harnesses

Dual-clip harnesses provide the most versatility, allowing you to clip to your dog’s back or front…or both if you have a double-ended leash (image below). When only one D-ring is used, the harness can be used as a back-clip or front-clip harness.

Advantages: Versatility in that it can be used as a front-clip or back-clip harness, or both.

Disadvantages: Most of these harnesses are larger or more expensive, and you’ll need a double-ended leash to connect to both D-rings at the same time.

Blue colour Dog harness


4. Step-In Harness

For dogs who dislike wearing a harness over their heads, a step-in harness is ideal. Lay the harness flat on the ground and allow your dog to step into the two loops formed by the straps. 

  • Advantages: Excellent for small dog breeds; most are back-clip; easy to put on.
  • The disadvantage is that if your dog is easily excited or disobedient, it may be difficult to get them into the proper position to put on the harness.

white and golden dog with red harness


5. Head Halters

Head halters are an excellent choice for extreme pullers because they allow you to exert the most control over your dog while using the least amount of force. When our 52-pound dog hulks out at the sight of another dog, she can be difficult to restrain with any of the harnesses listed above.

Advantages: Because your dog cannot throw their entire bodyweight behind a lunge, you have the most control over him. Ideal for smaller people with larger dogs.

Disadvantages: Uncontrollable dogs risk injuring their necks. Some dogs don’t like wearing head halters, so it may take a few days/weeks to get them used to it. If your dog is a heavy puller, it may leave marks on its face.

Serious looking dog with golden brown patches

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