Lead or Harness?
Which is Best for Your Dog?
One of the frequent questions we get asked is which is best – a lead and collar or a harness?
Whilst there has been a recent trend for people buying harnesses for their dogs, it really depends what is best suited to your dog. Just like people each dog is individual and have different requirements and personalities. When deciding on a lead or harness you should take into consideration:
- your dog’s personality
- any medical conditions
The Lead is the traditional way to walk the dog and it is easy to take off the lead, where suitable, to let your dog run free, chase balls and play. This method is best for dogs that are obedient and who will walk happily by your side without pulling or lunging at other dogs, as this could damage their throats. Collars are also relatively inexpensive and are available in a wide range of colours and styles.
Harnesses are good for dogs that pull or lung when they walk, as they give you more control over the dog. They are available in many different styles, colours and materials. A Harness is also good for Toy Breeds, such as poodles, as a collar can be damaging to their neck if they are delicate. Dogs who have a predisposition to breathing problems are also better on a harness.
Should the Harness be a Front or Back Attached One?
Most trainers recommend a front attaching harness for larger dogs as it gives more control when walking the dog, especially if he is prone to pulling or lunging at other dogs or cats, as a back attaching harness won’t give you much control over a dog that pulls.
A back harness is more suited to well behaved dogs, Toy and smaller breeds of dogs who may find a front attachment harness uncomfortable.
Whichever you choose, it is important that the harness is a comfortable fit for your dog. See our guide on how to measure your dog.
What’s Your Preferred Method?