You may have seen dog harnesses wondering how they’re different from a dog collar with a dog leash? Well, whether you use a dog harness for car safety, dog walking, to hiking with your dog, a dog harness provides an alternative to the ubiquitous dog collar and dog leash. Some people prefer the dog harness to a leash attached to your dog’s collar. Keep in mind you don’t need the same kind of dog harness for a cute poodle as you do for an extra large breed!
Typically, dog harnesses have the chest strap resting low across the breastbone. Like dog collars and dog leashes, dog harnesses come in a variety of hip colors, hot styles and fabrics so you’ll need to remember the two key items when shopping for a dog harness: safety and comfort. Prior to shopping for a dog harness, try to be specific in your search. Are you looking for a leather dog harness or one that’s sturdy, sporty and nylon? If you begin looking with a specific goal in mind, chances are you will find it.
Another purpose of a dog harness is to help your dog recover from injury, for instance if his leg is in a cast. So, you may notice that your dog gets “emotional” about trying a new dog harness. To effectively introduce the dog harness in a positive light, introduce it when your dog is playing with a favorite item like a tennis ball or when he’s relaxed and you’re petting him. If the dog resists, then stop, but remember the purpose is to help the dog recover through whatever he is going through. When in doubt, of course, seek your veterinarian’s input.
Since there are tons of dog harnesses on the market, it may take you a while to search for the right one for your dog. After all, dog harnesses come in a variety of designs and materials but the one thing to keep in mind first and foremost? Safety and comfort. While it’s easy to get caught up in the flair and fashion in dog harnesses, while conducting your search the main two things to keep in mind are your dog’s safety and comfort while wearing one.
And keep in mind, dog harnesses are not so much about the look, but the purpose: safety. At The Dog Bowl, nothing is more important than your pets’ safety and well being. For more information about dog harnesses and to shop for harnesses click here.