Is a Collar or a Harness Better for Your Dog?

Martingale Rolled Dog Collar

No two dogs are the same (just like people). That means what works for one dog may not necessarily work for another even if they’re the same age and breed. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes and with all sorts of personalities. In order to help you make an informed decision, here’s everything you need to know about collars and harnesses.

Remember: your ultimate goal in selecting a collar or a harness is to meet your training and behavioral goals, but your dog’s size, personality, and any medical conditions should factor into your choice.

All About Dog Collars

You should choose a collar for your dog if your dog doesn’t pull on the leash. It’s not recommend to choose collars if your dog has throat issues, such as respiratory issues or trachea problems. If your dog meets these requirements, he’s the perfect candidate for a traditional collar.

Collars come in many different styles and sizes. We don’t recommend you choose any of the negative reinforcement collars, such as choke chains, to train your dog. Instead, choose a collar that’s stylish and comfortable. Use treats and other rewards to provide your dog with incentive for good behavior.

If your dog slips collars, we recommend a martingale collar (aka the greyhound collar). Martingale collars get a bit tighter when your dog pulls or backs up, which is traditionally when he can slip out of a customary collar. Don’t worry, this doesn’t hurt your dog; it only ensures he won’t slip loose. They offer gentle control, and are typically wider than traditional collars.

All About Harnesses

If your dog has any throat issues, such as those mentioned above, absolutely avoid collars at all costs and choose a harness instead. Harnesses are also the perfect solution for dogs who are able to slip collars or who pull or lunge while being walked. If your dog pulls on the leash, he may cause injury to himself, but this won’t happen while in a harness.

Most veterinarians recommend harnesses for small breeds because they’re so delicate. They are more prone to injury. Any slight pull against the collar can cause their fragile neck to become injured, so don’t take the risk with these breeds, especially toy breeds.

There are two types of harnesses, front-attaching harnesses and back-attaching harnesses. Front-attaching harnesses are best for large dogs because it allows for more control during walks. Back-attaching harnesses do not provide this leverage, but they are better suited for small and toy breeds as they’re less likely to put on too much pressure and injure the dog.

There are lots of options to choose from on our website, Check out our selection to browse the right collar or harness for your dog. Your dog is unique and his fashion should reflect this uniqueness, but more importantly it should keep him safe and act as a training tool for you.

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One Response to Is a Collar or a Harness Better for Your Dog?

  1. Do you have a dog that won’t end pulling during walks? Using a harness can not only end that, but it can finally teach him (or her) to walk correctly. It can also be a superb addition or alternative to a collar for dogs with medical situation where force on their throat can lead to other concerns. A harness is also a good choice for dogs like pugs, who risk their eyeballs protruding from the sockets if too much pressure is put around their neck.

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