How To Use a Dog Harness Properly

Did you know that using a leash with a dog collar can lead to injuries? Not only will it put pressure on their neck, but it can also damage their esophagus.

This is especially true for dogs who pull on the leash.

Fortunately, there are alternatives out there. For example, you can use a small dog harness. If anything, it’ll be a lot more comfortable for your pup.

Did you just get one? Looking for a guide on how to use a harness for dogs? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Keep reading for everything that you need to know!

Using a Standard Dog Harness

Put your dog in a standing or sitting position and slip the harness over their head. Make sure it’s positioned so that the D-ring (where the leash latches onto) is on their back.

Carefully slip your dog’s leg through the first leg hole. It should be between the loop that goes around the neck and the loop that goes around the ribs. 

Buckle the harness so that their other leg is in the proper leg hole. Depending on the fit, you may have to loosen or tighten the strap.

Using a No Pull Dog Harness 

No-pull harnesses are different from regular harnesses in that the leash attaches at the front, as opposed to the back; this will prevent them from pulling on the lead. If anything, they’re a great option for larger dogs (find out more).

Start by slipping the harness over their head. Bring the strap up between their front legs and snap the buckles on both sides.

The metal ring for the leash should be high on their chest.

Adjust the harness around the chest area so that it fits snugly; you should only be able to slide a finger or two between the strap and their body.

Using a Step-In Dog Harness 

Step-in harnesses are a great option for those who are looking for something that’s easy to put on.

Start by placing the harness on the ground. Make sure that it’s aligned correctly.

Slip your dog’s front legs through the right and left harness loops and pull it up onto their back so that the loops rest against their belly.

Once their legs are in the proper loops, pick up the ends of the harness and clip them together on their back; it should be tight enough so that you can’t pull the harness over their head.

Using a Dog Harness Instead of a Collar 

As you can see, there are several types of dog harnesses to choose from, each of which fits differently. That’s why it’s so important to do your research when picking the best dog harness. 

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