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Best Dog Harness

Your dog's individuality will extend through each product you need to purchase for him. When you've determined that your dog needs a harness over a regular collar and leash combination you'll soon realize there are many options available. The temperament of your furry friend will determine which type of harness is most appropriate. Options include no pull, step in, easy-on, traditional, head collar, and vest, among others. Each style will specialize in curbing a specific behavior issue ensuring that you and your dog will have the most enjoyable walks together. The following list includes the best in the most common harness styles based on user ratings and highly reputable companies.

Premier Easy Walk Dog Harness

Though there are several “no-pull” options on the market, PetSafe's Easy Walk Harness is the fool proof one that will discourage even the hardest puller. Because the leash attaches to the front of the dog's chest rather than between the shoulders you will have an easier time redirecting and steering even a powerful or reactive pooch. When your dog pulls against the leash he will immediately turn towards you due to the front attachment which will encourage his attention to be on you. Though this harness comes in all sizes, it is designed and the most appropriate for a medium to large sized dog.

PetSafe Gentle Leader Headcollar

The first option isn't officially a harness, but it was invented to deal with many of the same behavioral issues that a harness is supposed to curb. PetSafe's Gentle Leader Headcollar looks a bit like a muzzle, but that's not its function. The Gentle Leader places pressure on the back of the neck rather than the throat helping to prevent choking. The design encourages your dogs head to move in the desired direction which will help a reactive or poorly leash trained pooch learn to walk more appropriately. Because this particular design can be tough for some dogs to get used to, start with a young pup to encourage good behavior when training.

LupinePet Step-in Harness

The step-in harness is growing in popularity due to ease of use and sturdy design. What step-in means is that you place the harness on the ground, have your dog “step-in” and clasp at the top of his shoulders. Lupine is a great company due mostly to their quality products and their unheard of guarantee. They will replace any of their products, no question asked if it frays, gets chewed on or is otherwise destroyed. The Lupine step-in comes in a variety of colors and styles ensuring that both you and your dog will be happy with the purchase.

Coastal Pet Size Right Adjustable Nylon Dog Harness

When you are the thrifty type and want to find a harness that will grow with your pup, the Coastal Pet Products Size Right Harness is a great option. The completely adjustable fit will ensure that it fits your dog properly and can be adjusted to accommodate weight gain/loss or growth. The comfort fit pad where you adjust the size is equipped with a swivel ring so that the lead won't get caught in the design. Available in many colors and widths there is a harness that will be perfect for your dog.

Nicole Cormier
Nicole is an animal lover and advocates for responsible pet ownership. Having worked in animal sheltering, behavior and as a longtime pet parent, Nicole is quite knowledgeable about the joys and struggles of choosing to be an animal companion. She enjoys the company of her figurative menagerie of a pitbull, two chihuahuas, two cats and several fish and turtles. There are so many essential items to be purchased as a pet parent, and Nicole will keep you in the loop on the best products to keep your furry companions safe and happy.
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