There are many different types of dog harnesses available for your dog. There are dog harnesses for looks and there are dog harnesses for function. Determining what you need the harness for will help you narrow down your options.
One of the most common reasons why people prefer a dog harness over a dog collar is due to the fact that their dog pulls and the pulling of the collar on the dog’s throat can cause a lot of damage. With a soft dog harness the pressure is taken off their throats and instead taken to their chest or body.
Safety Dog Harnesses are also popular because they don’t allow your dog to slip out of them unlike what can happen if a dog was to twist around and slip out of a dog collar.
Small dog harnesses are made out of many different types of materials. There are the leather dog harnesses that normally are a brown or black. These are great for those looking for a classic harness and for dogs with longer hair. There are also nylon dog harnesses. These harnesses usually have a matching dog collar and leash and come with many different ribbon patterns on them. There are also fabric dog harnesses. These harnesses actually look a dog shirt or dog dress but have a d-ring included so that you can attach the dog’s leash. Many people choose these when they want to dress up their dog and don’t want their dog to also have to wear a harness or collar. For many dogs with short hair they require a lined dog harness. These types of harness have some type of fabric, fleece, or other material that lines the harness so that it does not irritate the dog’s skin.
Besides the materials that the harnesses come in, there are also many different styles for dog harnesses. You will have a step in harness, a figure 8 harness, a harness that looks like a dog shirt, vest type harnesses, standard harness, easy on harness, pulling harness, all in one dog harness, and many unique ones.
We have mentioned the harnesses that look like dog clothes, but to expand on that selection. Many people enjoy dressing up their dog but still need a way to control it when they have the clothes on, thus the harness and dog clothes combination has been made. The most common way to make an article of dog clothing into a harness is to add a d-ring. A d-ring is usually placed around the neck area and it allows you to attach the dog’s leash. The most common article of dog clothing that have d-rings are dog vests and dog dresses.
Since every harness is different it can be hard to figure out how the harness goes on the dog. When you have a soft dog harness with a patterned or solid “shield” this actually will go on their chest so when the dog is sitting you can see it. With a step in harness, you lay it flat on the ground and have your dog put their legs into the two holes. With the standard dog harnesses you will put one circle around their waist and one circle around their neck. But since every dog harness is different don’t be afraid to ask for help!