Harnesses have a number of benefits over the traditional dog collar most pet owners are used to. These include:
- Better control over your dog which is especially important if you’re walking on a busy road, when surrounded by large crowds, etc.
- Discourages pulling, because it teaches dogs that the action doesn’t give him any advantage. With a collar, pulling moves the dog forward, so he feels like the action is working. With a harness, pulling often does nothing but get the front legs off the floor – definitely not a result your dog will find effective.
- Helps to stop the dog pulling and applying pressure to the trachea. Especially helpful for shirt nosed dogs or those with respiratory or neck issues
- Ideal for puppies, which might get tangled or hurt themselves while pulling on a regular collar and dog leash.
- Finally, a major advantage of the dog harness is that it is unlikely to come off accidentally. Collars can come undone when a dog pulls too hard, but a harness embraces the entire body so pulling won’t affect its hold on your dog.