Harnessing the Walk: Choosing the Right Harness for Your Dog

Tightening Harness

There are variations of the body harnesses that will tighten and add pressure if the dog pulls. The slight tightening can be uncomfortable for the pet, which causes him to lessen or stop the pulling and walk on a looser leash. The tightening harnesses can be beneficial for hindering pulling in the more determined pet. However, it’s essential to check on the type of tightening the harness causes, as some variations can cause a sharp pain when the dog pulls, which is not recommended. If you use a harness that tightens, ensure it is a gentle, non-pain-inducing pressure. Pain-inducing harnesses should be avoided because pain is associated with a host of risks, including increased aggression.

Pros:

  • Most harnesses that add slight pressure to a dog when he pulls don’t cause pain, making them a valuable device for rehearsed pullers.
  • They are generally easy to put on a dog.

Cons:

  • As with most pull-discouraging devices, the dog doesn’t necessarily learn to walk on a loose leash. Instead, they learn not to pull in that specific type of walking equipment. For this reason, a tightening harness is simply a training tool to use while you’re training your dog to walk on a loose leash. It can also be a lifelong management tool if the owner prefers to walk his dog in a harness rather than a collar.
  • Some tightening harnesses can cause pain. Pain can create negative associations with the harness and surrounding elements, such as other dogs and people.

Favorite tightening harnesses:

  • Easy Walk Harness by PetSafe: Clips on the dog’s chest, with gentle tightening if the dog pulls.
  • Freedom No-Pull Harness: Clips on the dog’s back, with gentle pulling if the dog pulls. In addition, the harness can be used as a back- and front-clip combination harness.

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