We will review the main options for choosing a harness or collar for his dog. There are many dog collars that are fashionable! There are also pros and cons, and many it seems that. It is difficult but we will try to keep a cool head.
Should I buy a harness or collar for the dog?
A standard harness lets you tie the leash to the back of your dog.
Unlike the collar, when the dog pulls, a harness does not press on his throat. The pressure, if there is pressure, is exerted on the chest.
With a dog that pulls very hard, or constantly, a harness helps to avoid pressure on its trachea. For a dog who sniffs heavily on the floor, it is probably more comfortable than a collar. For a dog who is going to shoot with all his might, it is probably less dangerous.
Puppies and small dogs are not weak, but they are more fragile, and the harness is often advised.
If one is reluctant to choose a harness or collar for his dog, the main elements of importance are the health risks associated with his behavior on a lead, and the strength and/or frequency with which the dog pull on the leash.
Studies of the dangers of the collar include intramuscular pressure, cervical risk, and hypothyroidism. There is no doubt that there are many delicate things in this part of the dog’s body.
It’s better not to pressure at all! But, if there is pressure, in my humble opinion that engages only me, I think it is better than it is done at the chest level than the trachea.
Are there any breeds of dogs that it’s better to choose a harness rather than a collar?
Chiari malformation. The breeds concerned, cited by the Hereditary Diseases of the Dog site are King Charles Cavalier, Yorkshire, Dwarf Spitz (Loulou of Pomerania), Maltese Bichon, Dwarf Poodle and Poodle toy, Pugs. More rarely: the West Highland White Terrier, the Shih-Tzu, the Curly Bichon, the Pinscher and the French Bulldog.
The harness is recommended for dogs who already have problems with the trachea or who could develop and it is mostly dogs with short noses.
Ask your veterinarian for advice in case of doubt, it is the most competent person to guide you on this subject.
Can the harness hurt the dog?
I have found nothing convincing on this subject (no scientific study, I will willingly if there are any and I have missed them).
There are nevertheless possible problems with harnesses:
Some harnesses are not easy to adjust and move too much on the dog’s body, so there may be friction problems on the skin causing irritation.
Some harnesses are not adapted to all breeds or activities (or are just set too tight, sometimes) and hinder the mobility of the dog.
Some dogs pull on a leash by wearing a harness and walk sideways (pulling on the side which in the long run is surely not good for the bones)
Which harness to choose?
We will look at the main types of traditional harnesses.
Choosing a T-shaped harness?
With the T-harnesses, there is a strap that goes around the chest as it goes up on the back and a strap on the chest.
The strap passing under the body and the strap passing over the back must be properly aligned. It must be like a straight line. And the strap that passes over the chest is perpendicular. And there this type of harness is well regulated.
There is often an internal padding. But it seems to me that this type of harness is already relatively comfortable because it does not hinder the movements. This form of a harness is probably very suitable if your dog has the opportunity to run during walks, it can also prevent your dog from escaping from your yard.
Moreover, they are often presented as harnesses for athletes.
Depending on the brands, there are various and varied elements, for example, a handle on the back can be practical to catch your dog, or reflectors to get your dog out late at night or early in the morning and be more visible.