A dog harness is going to be a better option for your dog compared to a regular leash. The harness will effectively remove all of the pressure and strain from around your dogs neck and transfer it to your dogs chest and back. However, there can be some drawbacks to using a harness and for small canines finding the best fitting dog harness for smaller dogs can be a difficult task, because most are made for larger breeds.
Which harness is going to be the best for your dog?
Many dog owners will first use a dog collar before transitioning over to a harness. By the time your puppy has reached adulthood he is already used to his tight fitting collar so making a change over to a dog harness can be an issue.
We recommend that you start your puppy off in a small dog harness before you even think about a collar. The harness will provide your pup with a lot more stability, you don’t have to worry about your pup darting off under a passing car and you don’t have to worry about damaging their delicate neck by using a collar.
However, before you buy a new harness for your small dog there are some considerations you should make before parting with your cash.
Obviously, you’ll need to consider the size of your dog and their body shape. We recommend that you try on different harnesses on inside of the pet store rather than ordering one online. That way you’ll know that it fits correctly and the materials are durable and soft to touch. – None of which can be done ordering from an online vender.
Small dogs should be fitted into a harness as soon as you feel it’s needed – normally 6 months and over. I can’t emphasize this enough, that smaller dogs really need to wear a harness to avoid any serious damage to their delicate necks and to the trachea. Just make sure that the harness fits snugly on your pet but also not to loose so he escape from it – if you can put two fingers in between the harness and your dog it should be perfectly fine.
The pros and cons of using a dog harness
- It prevents your dog’s neck and more importantly the trachea from getting damaged.
- It will aid in better control of your dog, especially if the dog is a big breed.
- If your dog has certain behavior issues, the harness will probably not be beneficial.
- Your dog can exhaust himself trying to remove the harness which in turn can lead to aggression
- When compared to a regular dog collar a harness will be more costly.