When is a dog harness a better choice than a collar?
Every dog has his day — and hopefully has a collar, too. Dog collars are the point of attachment not only for a leash, but also for crucial identification and vaccination tags. Often a collar is enough: enough comfort for the pooch and enough control for you. For some animals, though, a collar can be a training hindrance or even a health hazard. Read on to learn when and why a dog harness may be preferable.
When to Use a Dog Harness:
A chest or back harness allows you to physically help your dog rise, change direction, or climb stairs with only a gentle tug on her leash.
Now that you know how your dog may benefit from a dog harness, it’s important to remember that many dogs simply dislike the feel of a harness. In that case, unless he's in danger without one, keep him in a conventional collar. Even if your pooch doesn't mind the dog harness, if he has excessive or long hair, those flowing locks can get tangled in a harness's straps and clips, compromising his comfort and your own sanity.
Whether you choose a standard dog collar or a dog harness, ensure your pup can always be identified. If you use a harness but remove it indoors, keep your dog in a tagged collar as well, and have him microchipped. You may also consider personalizing the collar or harness with his name and your telephone number. Whether you choose a harness or collar, consider one with reflective bands so she can be seen at night. Consult your vet about the appropriateness of a harness for your puppy.
For some dogs a harness is superfluous, for others it can bring great comfort. For still others a dog harness can prolong life—choose the solution that’s best for your dog.
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