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We recommend harnesses over collars for exercising dogs because the area around a dog’s throat is extremely sensitive and putting pressure on it can cause and/or exacerbate many physical conditions.
However, having a poorly fit harness can also cause injury including being detrimental to a dog’s gait and structure, as well as skin conditions from rubbing and chaffing.
Top Harness Fitting Tips:
Adjustable in 4 or 5 points to allow for a good fit for your dog (no matter their shape/size)
Allow for a full range of shoulder movement
No chafing around belly and underarms
The girth strap should sit back from the elbows so it doesn’t rub (and also impede shoulder movement)
Not ride up too high on the dog’s throat
Have two leash contact points – one at the front and one at the back to allow for a double-ended leash connection
Be lightweight, yet strong and comfortable
Quality harnesses may cost more, but they are made of stronger more durable materials.
It should be noted that every dog is different and a particular harness that fits well on one dog will not always fit well on another.
Also note that training should be your first step in teaching your dog to walk nicely and not to pull, not the equipment.
We do not recommend any harness that tightens around the girth or front when the dog pulls.
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Pawsitive Connection recommends the Australian harness specialists Harbour City Dog Gear for a great range of ergonomic, strong, and comfy harnesses.
For dog training help contact us today.