- Dog Harnesses
Perfect for tiny ones and pooches who pull on the lead, our collection of dog harnesses is here to help you keep your pup under control at walkies time. We've got a wide range of sizes and styles here that'll suit all breeds and personalities - delve in!
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About Dog Harnesses
If your dog is a little too excitable or inquisitive when out for their walkies a simple lead and collar combo might not be enough. If your dog’s an aggressive puller - or if you just don’t like using a collar to keep them under control - then the answer is one of the dog harnesses available in this category! We’ve got harnesses made by some of the biggest pet product brands around (Ferplast is just one example) so get exploring this great category!
Why should I get a dog harness?While a collar and a lead is sufficient for many owners, there are lots of advantages to using dog harnesses besides making it easier to control a less than perfectly behaved pooch. One of these is safety. Pulling on a collar can injure the necks of small dogs, so it’s much safer to use a form of harness when walking toy breeds. On the other hand, leading a large dog by the neck can wrench your shoulders or back if they pull suddenly - a properly fitted harness will look after you both.
Other benefits of dog harnesses include offering better control over your pooch’s movements, supporting older dogs who need a little pull-up to get them on their feet and being impossible to wriggle out of - perfect for canine escape artists!
What dog harness is the best for my dog?
There are plenty of dog harnesses in this category, so which one should you choose? As with so many products, it depends on what your (or more accurately, your dog’s) needs are. If the main reason for buying a harness is to make it easier to keep your dog under control during walks, then pretty much any of the dog harnesses in this category will do. We have many sizes and fits available, so it doesn’t matter whether your animal companion is a Jack Russell or a Great Dane, we’ll have the perfect fit for them in this category.
However, some harnesses are better than others for specific moments. For instance, if your pet can’t help themselves from jumping into the nearest stream, lake or river, you’ll need to look out for dog harnesses that dry quickly. Another type of dog harness to look out for is car-ready dog harnesses. These harnesses are designed to keep your dog strapped in during car journeys - limiting their movement on long trips and acting as a doggy seatbelt.Dog harnesses are practical, not fashionable - if you want your dog to look their best it’s time to accessorise with the OnBuy range of Dog clothes and even some dog bandannas! More than just a fashion statement, these doggy apparel can provide some much needed extra warmth in the winter, particularly for breeds with thin coats.
Dog harnesses FAQs
Are dog harnesses bad for my dog?
Not if used correctly. Harnesses disperse pressure over a larger area of your dog's body, helping to reduce strain on its neck and back. They encourage a shift in weight to the hind end, relaxing pressure on the front. If the harness is the right fit for your four-legged friend, it can help to make for more comfortable walking. However, some dogs may feel uncomfortable in a harness, and it can even change their posture over time. Always check the label to make sure you know how to properly use a harness for your dog.
Should I use a dog harness instead of a collar?
A harness can make walks easier, particularly when it comes to controlling the most challenging dogs. They offer a lot of advantages to both you and your dog, reducing pressure on both of your backs whilst giving you more control.
What size should I choose for my dog's harness?
To find the right size for your dog's harness, you need to measure its neck and chest. When you measure the neck, do so below the narrow part where the dog normally wears a collar (this can be found right above the shoulders). All harnesses come with measurements, so shop around to find the best fit for your pet.
Do I need to get a collar and harness for my dog?
Both collars and harnesses make great training tools, particularly for puppies. Harnesses are a gentle way to prevent pulling during walks, keeping your dog secure when connected to a leash. They also offer more protection to your puppy's neck than a collar does, which is extremely important during the first stages of life. In the UK, it's a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar in public, so these are an absolute must.
Can my dog wear its harness all day long?
Leaving the harness on your dog all day long could be uncomfortable, particularly in hot weather. Also, pets should not have a wet harness on them, as it can lead to skin infections or colds.