For many dogs, a versatile harness
is a great alternative to a collar as they can eliminate pressure from your dogs neck — preventing possible trachea and neck injury. From a training perspective, dog harnesses are useful for teaching your pup not to pull as the pressure from a harness is more evenly distributed around your dog’s body. Finally, some crafty dogs are occasionally able to slip their heads out of their collar, but since a harness fits around the whole body, pup is less likely to accidentally escape.
How to introduce a new harness.
When introducing a new harness, be sure to give lots of praise and treats
to ensure a positive association with wearing the harness. Your pooch will soon realize that harness means “we’re going somewhere fun.” Let your pup wear the new harness around the house for a few hours — allowing time to adjust to the new feels before you go out on your first jaunt.
Ensure your harness easily slides over your dog’s head or around his body and so he is able to comfortably and freely move about, yet it should still be snug enough so he can’t slip out of it. Once the harness
is on your pup, adjust it properly to ensure a comfortable fit without any irritation. See the tip box to the right for additional sizing tips.
See diagrams below for harness design features.