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  • What Type of Harness is Best for Your Dog?

    March 20, 2023 7 min read

    What Type of Harness is Best for Your Dog?

    What Type of Harness is Best for Your Dog?

    As a dog owner, ensuring the safety and comfort of your furry friend is essential. This is especially true when it comes to walks and hikes. One of the best ways to keep your dog safe and comfortable is by using a harness. But with so many options available, how do you choose the best one for your pup? In this article, we'll explore the different types of harnesses and what features to look for. We'll also introduce you to our Trail & Glow® Dog Harness, the ultimate harness designed with your furry friend's comfort and safety in mind.

    Benefits of Using a Harness for Your Dog

    Using a harness instead of a collar for your dog has several benefits. One of the most significant benefits is that it reduces the strain on your dog's neck and spine. Traditional collars can put pressure on your dog's neck and spine, especially if they're prone to pulling or have respiratory issues. A harness distributes the pressure evenly across your dog's chest and back, reducing the strain on their neck and spine.

    Using a harness also provides more control and safety during walks and hikes. With a collar, your dog can easily slip out or escape if they get scared or excited. A harness secures your dog and prevents them from running away or getting into dangerous situations. It also gives you more control over your dog's movements, which is especially important in crowded or high-traffic areas.

    Finally, a harness can help prevent pulling, which can be a problem for many dog owners. Dogs are naturally curious and love to explore their surroundings, but this can lead to pulling on the lead. A harness with a front clip or dual-clip design can help prevent pulling and make walks more enjoyable for both you and your dog.

    Types of Harnesses for Dogs

    There are several types of harnesses for dogs, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Here are some of the most popular types:

    • Back-Clip Harnesses: These harnesses have a D-ring on the back, which is where you attach the lead. Back-clip harnesses are easy to put on and take off and are suitable for dogs that don't pull or are already trained to walk on a lead.
    • Front-Clip Harnesses: These harnesses have a D-ring on the front, which is where you attach the lead. Front-clip harnesses are designed to prevent pulling and make it easier to control your dog's movements. They can be helpful for dogs that are still learning to walk on a lead or for those that are prone to pulling.
    • Dual-Clip Harnesses: These harnesses have D-rings on both the front and back, which gives you more versatility and control over your dog's movements. You can attach the lead to the front clip to prevent pulling or to the back clip for a more traditional walking experience.
    • Step-In Harness - This type of harness requires your dog to step into it, and you then clip it closed. It's suitable for dogs who don't like things going over their head.
    • Vest Harness - This type of harness looks like a vest and is suitable for small dogs or dogs with respiratory problems.

    Features to Look for in a Dog Harness

    When choosing a harness for your dog, there are several features to look for to ensure that it is comfortable, durable, and safe. Here are some of the most important features:

    • Comfort and Fit: The harness should fit your dog properly and be comfortable for them to wear. Look for harnesses with adjustable straps and multiple points of adjustment to ensure a secure and comfortable fit.
    • Durability and Strength: The harness should be made of high-quality materials that can withstand wear and tear. Look for harnesses made of durable materials like nylon or leather that are built to last.
    • Reflective Material: If you plan on walking your dog in low-light conditions, look for harnesses with reflective material to increase visibility and keep your dog safe.
    • Breathability: If you live in a warm climate or plan on doing a lot of outdoor activities with your dog, look for harnesses with breathable material to keep them cool and comfortable.

    Introducing the Trail & Glow® Dog Harness

    The Trail & Glow® Dog Harness is the ultimate dog harness, designed with your furry friend's comfort and safety in mind. It features a comfortable and safe mesh lining that makes it perfect for long walks and hikes, even on hot days. The fully adjustable design with three buckles ensures the ultimate fit for your dog, and the lockable security clasp on the neck makes it super easy and quick to put on.

    The Trail & Glow® Dog Harness also comes with a handle on the back for added control, making it easier to handle your dog during walks and hikes. It has reflective Trail & Glow® strips along the front and back that increase visibility during low-light conditions, keeping your dog safe and visible. The harness has a versatile design with front and back clip options, which helps prevent pulling and gives you more control over your dog's movements.

    The Trail & Glow® Dog Harness is equipped with a front D-ring for lead and ID tag attachment and a back D-ring for lead attachment. It is made with a sturdy, easy-grip handle on the back for added control and features a breathable and quick-dry mesh lining that keeps your dog comfortable and cool.

    You can view our collection of dog harnesses, which includes a range of styles and colours. Find the perfect harness for your dog and enjoy free shipping on orders over £30.

    Features:

    • Dog Harness with Handle
    • Fully adjustable 3 buckle design with neck and chest straps
    • Front D ring for lead and ID tag attachment
    • Back D ring for lead attachment
    • Sturdy, easy-grip handle on back for added control
    • Reflective strip around front and back for extra visibility in the dark
    • Breathable & quick dry mesh lining
    • Matching accessories available

    See what our customers think

    Willow T. Size XS
    "Absolutely love this set! The colour is fantastic and looks great on! Excellent service and super fast delivery! Thank you so so much!"

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    Jamie M. "We have many Trail and Glow Harnesses from Bailey and Coco they are by far our favourite style, robust and have reflective stripping on. This style harness is also the best fit for my tripod as it provides extra support and less movement when being worn. Highly reccomend"

    Frenchie Dog Harness

    How to Choose the Right Size for Your Dog

    Choosing the right size for your dog is essential for their safety and comfort. Most harnesses come in a range of sizes based on your dog's measurements. To find the right size for your dog, you'll need to measure their neck, chest, and length.

    Using a measuring tape, measure your dog's neck at the base where their collar would sit. Next, measure their chest at the widest point, usually behind their front legs. Finally, measure their length from the base of their neck to the base of their tail. Use these measurements to find the appropriate size in the harness size chart.

    It's important to note that even though the Trail & Glow® Dog Harness and other dog harnesses strive for perfection, they are subject to wear and tear. It is the owner's responsibility to keep an eye on the condition of the harness to make sure it is safe for their dog to wear, in order to keep them 100% safe at all times.

    Other Factors to Consider When Choosing a Dog Harness

    In addition to the type of harness and size, there are a few other factors to consider when choosing a dog harness:

    • Activity Level: Consider your dog's activity level when choosing a harness. If you have an active dog that loves to run and jump, look for a harness that is durable and can withstand rough play.
    • Breed: Different breeds have different body types and sizes. Make sure to choose a harness that is appropriate for your dog's breed and size.
    • Age: Puppies and senior dogs have different needs when it comes to harnesses. Puppies need a harness that is gentle on their developing bodies, while senior dogs may benefit from a harness that provides extra support and stability.
    • Training: If your dog is still learning to walk on a lead or has behavioural issues like pulling, consider using a front-clip or dual-clip harness to help with training.

    How to Properly Fit a Dog Harness

    Once you have chosen the right harness for your dog, it's essential to ensure that it fits properly. A poorly fitting harness can cause discomfort, chafing, and even injury to your dog. Here's how to properly fit a dog harness:

    1. Adjust the Straps - Loosen all the straps on the harness before putting it on your dog. Once it's on your dog, adjust the straps to fit their body snugly. The harness should be snug but not too tight that it restricts movement or breathing.
    2. Check the Neck - Make sure the harness fits comfortably around your dog's neck. You should be able to fit two fingers between the harness and your dog's neck. If it's too tight, it can cause discomfort and restrict breathing.
    3. Check the Chest - Make sure the harness fits comfortably around your dog's chest. It should be snug but not too tight. You should be able to fit two fingers between the harness and your dog's chest.
    4. Check for Chafing - After adjusting the harness, check for any signs of chafing or discomfort. If you notice any redness or irritation, adjust the harness or consider a different size or style.
    5. Test the Fit - Once the harness is properly adjusted, test it by gently tugging on the lead. The harness should not shift or move around on your dog's body.

    Conclusion

    Choosing the right harness for your dog is essential for their comfort and safety. A good harness can prevent pulling, reduce strain on their neck and spine, and give you more control over their movements. The Trail & Glow® Dog Harness is the ultimate dog harness, designed with your furry friend's comfort and safety in mind. With its breathable mesh lining, adjustable design, and reflective Trail & Glow® strips, it's the perfect harness for long walks and hikes. Explore our collection of dog harnesses to find the perfect fit for your furry friend.

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