Harness Basics

While a collar is the perfect place for a license or ID tag to hang, a harness is the best place for attaching a leash.  Harnesses keep your dog securely connected to you while eliminating neck strain.

There are different harnesses for different activities. Be sure to purchase the correct harness for your specific need.  Most people use a walking/hiking harness.  There are also special harnesses made for weight pulling sports such as mushing and carting. Other harnesses are specific to restraining dogs in a car or for dogs with mobility issues.

Today, we’re looking at the walking harness, also used with dog sports such as tracking and nosework. There are numerous varieties in this category.  So which harness is best for your dog?  The one that fits best, of course!

Do some research online, or talk to friends about their choices.  You can learn a lot by looking at the manufacturer’s website where you can watch videos about the product, how it fits, how to measure your dog and more.

Comfort and proper fit are key when choosing a harness.  Look for one that does not restrict movement including the front legs and shoulders.  The straps should not rest in the armpit area.  It should fit snugly to prevent chaffing, but you should be able to easily fit a couple of fingers under the straps.

It is super important to have multiple adjustment points on the harness to enable you to get the fit just right for your dog’s body style.  This will ensure your dog is comfortable and can enjoy freedom of movement.

Your dog will appreciate a well-fitting harness, and you will too.  Imagine him standing calmly while you attach his harness and his happy trot when out walking.  That’s happiness.  Woof!