Harness or collar?

It’s Spring, and most of us are more than ready to leave winter and Covid lockdowns behind. Warm weather and sunny days lure us outside for long walks with our dog and playtime in the park. Walks help keep your dog healthy and happy. Yet teaching your pup how to walk on a leash can be a challenge. The debate over how to meet that challenge can include whether to use a collar or a harness.

Harnesses are the most popular choice these days and for good reason. They give you better control over your dog. This is especially important for puppies who are learning how to be out and about and may get very excited over the possibilities. Dogs also aren’t able to pull against a harness the way they can a collar. This gives you greater control over the direction they go in.

Experts recommend avoiding leashes attached to something around the dog’s throat. Your pup’s natural inclination to pull against the leash has the potential to do them real harm with a collar. Small dogs are especially vulnerable to damaging their esophagus, trachea or thyroid gland when they strain against a
collar around their neck.

The most important consideration when choosing the right harness for your dog is finding the right size. You want the straps to rest away from your dog’s joints, otherwise the harness can interfere with their movement and possibly cause an injury. The right fit also makes the harness easier to put on and prevents them from slipping out of it. With the right equipment, your walks will be both fun and safe for you and your dog.