Harnessing the Walk: Choosing the Right Harness for Your Dog

Having control of your dog on walks is essential for a happy dog and a happy owner, and the right type of walking equipment can help. Body harnesses are a great tool because of the comfort they afford the dog and the ease with which most dogs adjust to them. There are hundreds of such harnesses available, many of which vary in style and function. With the wide variety to choose from, how do you find the right fit for your dog? Here’s a breakdown of the basic types of harnesses and the uses they are best for, such as reducing pulling or providing safety for small dogs. Read on to find the right harness for your dog.    

Back-Clip Harness

On the back-clip harness, the ring that the leash clips onto is located on the top of the dog’s back. Back-clip harnesses are the most agreeable type of walking equipment for many dogs to adjust to. The harnesses are especially useful for small dogs with delicate throats easily damaged by collars. Back-clip harnesses are for calm dogs trained not to pull on the leash, as the design does little to discourage pulling. When back-clip harnesses are used with an untrained dog who likes to pull, they create a sled-pulling action, with the owner dragged along in place of the sled. 


  • They are easy to put on and comfortable for a dog to wear.
  • The leash doesn’t tangle under the front legs as often as with collars or front-clip harnesses.
  • They protect the fragile neck area.
  • The cute factor! Back-clip harnesses are widely available with decorative patterns and embellishments. 


  • They offer little control if a dog has behavior issues, such as pulling on the leash, jumping up or displaying aggression.

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