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The Benefits of Using a Harness

The standard collar is the most common choice for dog owners, largely because it is convenient – you can leave the collar on your dog at all times and it carries your dog’s ID tags. The main disadvantage of the collar is that it can contribute to neck injuries if not used properly. If your dog has a tendency to pull on the leash, prolonged pressure on the neck can lead to injury.

A harness is a great alternative to a collar and lead, as well as being comfortable for your dog. It is also a highly efficient way of controlling where your dog is going. The pressure is more evenly distributed over the larger area of the back of your dog. We particularly like the fleece-lined harnesses as you get more cushioning, making walks a more pleasant experience for your dog.

There are several different types of harness to choose from. The two main types are front-attaching and back-attaching. A back-attaching harness has a strap that goes around the dog’s abdomen and a portion that comes between the front legs – you then connect the leash to the clip on the back of the harness. A front-attaching harness has a strap that goes around the abdomen behind the front legs and wraps around the front – the harness tightens when your dog pulls and it clips in the front of the harness.

Front-attaching harnesses are recommended for large-breed dogs, while back-attaching harnesses are best for smaller dogs. You can find out more about them at Postal Pets Products.

molly-bridgeAbout the Author: Molly Bridge helps out with some of the work in the office at Devon Dogs, particularly with marketing and advertising. She originally trained as a teacher, but some of her interests are brand promotion and customer experience. She doesn’t train dogs herself, but is quickly getting used to how the business works! Molly has two Standard Poodles and a Border Collie to keep herself busy with at home!

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