Choosing the right harness is important to ensure the best results. Different dogs benefit from different harnesses. Some harnesses are even problematic on some dogs. When choosing the right harness, it’s important to know the uses of each harness and your dog. Therefore we’ve written a basic rundown of the styles, uses and benefits of each harness to help you choose the right harness for your dog.
Roman (back pull) Harness
Roman, or most commonly known, back pull harnesses are the most used harness. They entail a girth strap, neck strap, back strap and stomach strap with a round ring or D-link for leads and I.D tags. Roman harnesses should not be used on dogs who pull, as the back pull design makes it easier for a dog to pull. Roman harnesses are best suited for small to large dogs who walk calmly on leash.
Front Pull (no pull) Harnesses
Front pull, or no pull harnesses are designed for dogs who pull or are still learning to walk properly. They are made with a girth strap and a chest strap. Both girth and chest straps have a round ring or D-link for leads and I.D tags. Using the front leash attachment allows you to steer your dog. When your dog begins to pull, the front attachment will turn him towards you, to prevent pulling. Using the back leash attachment allows you to control forward movement and help wean your dog onto back pull harnesses. Front pull harnesses are best for medium to extra large breeds.
Step In (back pull) Harnesses
Step in harnesses apply pressure to the chest, not the neck. This drastically reduces pressure to neck making them safe for dogs who are brachycephalic, such as pugs. The step in design clips at the back and has 2 round rings or D-links to attach the lead safely. Step in harnesses are best suited for small to medium breeds and are mostly ineffective for larger breeds.
Not sure a harness is best for your dog? Why not read our guide to collars?