3 min read (Articles narrated by Mabel)
Having your dog wear a collar seems like the norm. Most dogs wear collars to hold their identification tags in case they get lost. Many dog parents also use these collars for walking their dogs too. This might seem convenient, but did you know that harnesses are actually the safer choice?
Harnesses vs. Collars
Collars are usually cheap and easy to find. The sizing for them is easy because it just goes around your dog’s neck. Collars are great for holding identification tags, dog licenses, and whatever else you want your dog to have on them at all times. But Molly strongly believes that collars shouldn’t be used for much else beyond that.
The reason is that collars are a choking hazard. If you’re walking your dog with the leash attached to the collar, you could accidentally choke your dog every time they run, pull, or get wrapped around an object. Even well-behaved dogs could get hurt. Plus, it’s much harder to control your dog when they’re only wearing a collar.
Harnesses are much more complex than collars, but there’s a good reason for it. Harnesses strap around your dog’s body, so if they pull, they won’t hurt themselves. Harnesses can also keep dog safer when clipped into an object like a car seat or a stroller. They might be harder to put on and adjust, but they keep your dog more secure when you’re out and about.
Why Harnesses are Better
Harnesses are safer, more secure, and easier for training. All this together makes them superior to collars. I believe that you should have a collar on your dog for identification purposes, but you should never put any pressure on their collar. Otherwise, your dog could have a hard time breathing. So, use a harness instead while walking to keep your dog healthy.
Also, harnesses can help you better control your dog in busier areas. This can help them stay away from unfamiliar people and animals, and it can help you teach them to listen better. No matter how well-trained your dog is, problems can always arise. So, it’s best to have control over them just in case they tug on the leash or get into trouble.
How to Choose the Perfect Harness
The reason most dog parents avoid harnesses is because they’re difficult to find sizes for. You’ll need to measure your dog in at least two different spots ensure that you get the right size. Then, they might have some complicated straps and adjustments to put them on.
So, the easiest way to find the right size is to bring your dog to the pet supply store with you. That way, your dog can try on harnesses to make sure they’re a comfortable fit. If you’re buying it online, you’ll just have to measure your dog carefully then. Read online reviews too to see what sizes similar dogs used.
If your dog usually pulls a lot on walks, you can get a no pull harness, which can hold them back easier. However, if your dog is more relaxed while walking, you can get a thin, comfortable harness for your pup. There’s not just one universal harness. Choosing a harness all depends on your dog’s size, shape, and activity level.
If your dog currently walks with a collar, please consider switching to a harness. It will be safer for you and everyone nearby.
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