Are Dog Harnesses Better Than Collars?
If you have ever walked a dog before, you will probably know what it feels like to have the pooch pull very hard on his leash.
Dogs often pull against the leash’s tension, and in the process, choke themselves on the collar. You may think that using a harness will fix the problem if you have a pulling pooch, and you could be right.
However, there are a few essential pros and cons that need to be considered before you decide whether a harness is better than a collar for your dog. Let’s take a look at what each has to offer, as well as the pros and cons, allowing you to decide which is best for your furry friend.
Using a Collar
When walking your dog, a collar is the normal solution. There are a wide variety of colors and styles of color. Some are designed to intentionally constrict or make your dog uncomfortable if they pull in order to train them, but this type of collar is not recommended because there are many other options for training that are positive rather than negative. Prong and choke collars also fall into this category.
However, a traditional, common collar that doesn’t constrict is perfect for pups that do not have any respiratory issues and don’t pull when on a leash. A traditional collar is also more comfortable for many dogs, particularly those that wear their collars all the time. A harness is not as comfy to wear all day.
Plus, if your pooch has longer hair, it may get stuck and tangled in a harness. Collars do not have this problem. But, for pups that tug hard when walking, a collar can create an increased risk for neck injuries. In this case, a harness would be a better option.
You can also choose a slip collar which is designed for dogs that are good at escaping from traditional collars. This type of collar closes around your pup’s neck if they pull or back up while ensuring they do not choke or get loose. Slip collars are an excellent choice for dogs that have thick necks or slim heads such as bulldogs and greyhounds.
Using a Harness
In the last few years, harnesses have become increasingly popular because dog owners have discovered their benefits. They are a good training tool for puppies that are learning to walk on a leash, and they let walkers have more control. Harnesses let you stop your pup from jumping on other dogs or people without choking them. Harnesses also discourage tugging and pulling. Your dog is also less likely to get tangled in the leash by mistake.
Another benefit that a harness has over a collar is that it reduces the chance of neck injuries, especially in more delicate toy breeds. A harness also causes less restriction for pups that typically struggle with tracheal collapse and respiratory issues, such as French bulldogs and pugs. If you have a pooch with breathing troubles, a harness is a great choice. A collar can also cause some breeds of dog’s eyeballs to pop out of their sockets when pressure is applied to their neck.
A harness can be attached to the leash on your dog’s back or chest. Front-attached harnesses are very effective when used with big dogs as you lead rather than them, giving you the control. A back-attached harness can make your dog’s pulling even worse as they don’t feel your guidance, which is needed in training. However, back-attached harnesses are great for smaller breeds that are sensitive to pressure. Plus, front-attached harnesses may be uncomfortable and painful for small dogs.
Use Either or Neither
It is vital that your pup always wears identification tags, no matter whether they use a harness or collar. You never know if your dog may accidentally get loose from your house or leash, or if they get frightened by another dog, a vehicle, or other people. Microchipping your pup is great and very helpful, but it isn’t an all-encompassing solution.
Always do your due diligence when researching the methods to train your pup to walk on a leash or collar. Jumping up and pulling are not good behaviors, whether you use a harness or collar. Plus, switching between a harness and collar will not fix the problems.
If you are looking for a solution that suits most dogs, a harness is a great way to go. Using a collar can result in neck injury, escapes, and choking. Harnesses are not as comfortable as collars, but they lower the risk of injury, escapes, and choking. While no answer is completely right for every dog, as a general statement, harnesses are better than collars for most dogs.