Deciding which harness to get your dog can be a tough task. There are so many large dog harnesses and styles out their that it can quickly become overwhelming and stressful. This is why we have done the hard work for you. In our search we found that many harnesses available at chain stores and local shops just don’t do the trick. You have probably come across problems with finding a quality harness that has led you to here. We are hoping this will help.
Typical Harness Problems
- Most harnesses are un-padded and made of cheap nylon with no consideration of comfort.
- Many harnesses cause rubbing and irritation problems for dogs – especially in and around the armpit area of the front legs.
- Many are not durable enough for activities like biking or lifting your furry friend over obstacles.
- Dogs try to back out or escape from any sort of restraints.
When choosing harnesses you always want to consider all of these typical problems and try to find harnesses that are a step above the rest. Continue reading below as we outline what makes harnesses unique. Hopefully this will make your decision a little easier.
When reviewing this harness comparison page, it is important to keep in mind the primary use for the harness, your dog’s size and behavior. Remember, if you have further questions, please contact us.
Most Comfortable Dog Harnesses
For active dogs, it is important that a harness is light-weight, durable and have padding in the proper areas. You want your dog to still have complete movement. Standard nylon harness tend to rub in the dog’s armpit area behind the front legs and can cause chaffing and sores. That’s why we like dog harnesses with comfortable padding.
Large Dog Harnesses For Pullers
For dogs that are involved in pulling activities or just pullers period, a good harness can distribute the pulling force away from the neck and throat to across the chest area. We like harnesses that have padding in the chest area and are highly adjustable to get just the right fit. You will likely notice increased control with a proper dog harness. This can be enhanced further with a dog stretch control leash.
Escape-Proof Dog Harnesses
Let’s face it, some dogs are just escape artists and can or back out of just about any dog harness. For these escape artist dogs, we recommend a secure harness that has an additional belly strap for preventing them from backing out.
Most dog harnesses on the market only have one strap behind the front legs, but their are harnesses that do have 2 padded straps on the underside of the dog, making it an excellent escape-proof dog harness. The more adjustment the harness has, the better the fit.
Large Dog Harnesses For Biking
When biking with your dog, it is crucial to use a padded dog harness to take the tension away from the dog’s neck. We like using harnesses with secure stitching and a strong d-ring positioned on the back near your dog’s shoulders. Padding is especially important on the strap that goes behind your dog’s front legs. This is an area that tends to rub when biking.
Harnesses For Running With Your Dog
When jogging or running with your dog, we like to recommend a lightweight harness with minimal contact points and padding. That makes for less of a chance for rubbing and creating sores. It is also nice to combine a harness with a hands-free running leash.
Hit The Trail
Hopefully this give you some in-sight on the different harnesses and their best uses. We would love to have any comments and/or feedback. Also any questions you may have, feel free, we are a open book and if we do not have the answer we will help find it. Maybe now you will be able to look for some certain things in choosing a harness. Once again Happy Tails, Happy Trails!