The advantages of using a dog harness
For both large and small breeds of dogs, a dog harness is a practical piece of equipment that can make going for a walk much easier for both the owner and the animal. Dog harnesses are great for those with pets who have a tendency to pull on the lead, as the harness gives the owner more control over the dog’s movements whilst at the same time alleviating any pressure on the dog’s neck. This prevents any possible injuries to the dog’s neck or trachea.
Smaller breeds of dogs are especially well suited to dog harnesses, as these can help the dog to feel more comfortable and supported. Because smaller dogs don’t have the neck strength that larger breeds do, they can have a hard time with the use of leads and collars. A standard collar and lead may even hurt the animal, particularly if they are inclined to pull on the lead when on a walk.
For those who are training their puppy to not pull when walking, a dog harness can be a very useful item to own. It will provide the owner with enough control to prevent the young dog from dragging on the lead and it will evenly distribute the pressure so that they are completely comfortable during a walk. Many smaller dogs are adept at slipping out of a standard collar and leash attachment, however with a well fitting harness, this is impossible for them to do.
Introducing a new harness to a puppy is a relatively easy process, however an older dog who is used to a lead may take longer to adjust to the harness. Make sure to give the pet lots of praise and possibly a treat the first few times that you place the harness on them, as this will allow them to create a positive association with the use of the harness.
In terms of getting a harness fitted for a dog, it is important to take measurements using a tape measure before buying anything. Measure around their neck and their torso and add about half an inch to each figure, as the dog should have a small amount of ‘wiggle room’ in order to feel comfortable. The harness should fit snugly but should never dig into the dog’s skin; this could cause abrasions and pain for the animal.
Take some time to choose a harness that is the perfect fit for your dog; a well made harness of a high quality is an investment that will last for years to come.