Dog collar or harness? Which is better for a dog that pulls on its leash?

dog collar or harness

Dog harness vs. collar… Many of our readers with dogs that pull on their leashes have asked us this. Indeed, when we explained how to teach your dog to walk on a leash the right way, we still hadn’t addressed this issue. We will now find out how to render walks more relaxed and whether it is better to use dog collar or harness.

Which leash to choose

First of all, we must remember that it’s a natural for a dog on a leash to explore the area around it. Don’t yank on its leash because it’s annoying that it wants to run away. It just wants to smell new things. However this doesn’t mean that we can’t invite our pets to do so the right way; that is in a way that won’t dislodge your shoulder. Choosing the right leash is crucial, even if that alone won’t solve all your problems because you have to combine the right dog leash with the right technique in order to reach your goal.

There are many types of leashes on the market, but we personally recommend that kind that is at least 3 meters long type with rings to make it shorter and longer. This is especially convenient in crowded places where, according to the law, a leash can’t be longer than 1.5 meters. In any case, it is important to choose a sturdy leash that is either nylon or leather. If your dog pulls on the leash, be careful with retractable leashes because if they are not good quality and the button gets stuck while for example crossing the street it could be a real danger.

Unfortunately, this kind of accident is not that rare and it is definitely the best accessory to teach your dog to not pull on its leash.  As for the question of collar or harness, at this point we are sure that many of you are leaning towards the later. In fact, there are many dog lovers recommend dog harnesses instead of a collar. The debate is rather passionate because the accessory alone isn’t the only thing to be considered. One must consider the breed and the size of the dog as well.

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Dog collar or harness

If you have a small dog or a puppy you should choose a dog harness. This is due to the fact that if a puppy pulls on its leash, collar it could seriously damage its trachea, that might require reconstructive surgery in some more severe cases.

If your dog pulls on its leash and it is a large dog, and you bring it to a dog training center to have it trained, they will make you use a collar and not a harness. This is because collars, unlike harnesses, let you teach your pet a bit more delicately but definitely more efficiently and more quickly. However, there are also training harnesses available that are great for big dogs. It might take a bit longer but they will undoubtedly be able to correct bad habits without causing any damage.