If you have a dog, you’ve probably asked yourself if it’s better to use a harness or a collar.
Since you know your dog better than anyone else, it’s a question that’s best left up to you. But if you’re struggling to figure out which device would be the most suitable for your pet, you’re not alone.
Don’t worry, The Barking Lot is here to help.
Below, we’ve listed some of the pros and cons to using a both a harness and a collar. Keep in mind, whatever device you pick, make sure it fits the needs and habits of your pet.
BENEFITS OF USING A HARNESS
Helps Maintain Control
Harnesses can put an end to the constant leash pulling and perpetual wandering during walks. It’s especially important to be in control of your pet if you live near busy streets or in a crowded area.
Helps Prevent Injury
If you have a pet that tends to pull the leash or get entangled, then you know how physically dangerous this could be for him. A number of different injuries could result from your dog’s leash pulling like choking and neck strain.
The tightness of a collar can add unnecessary stress to the windpipe, causing severe coughing spells in dogs with collapsing tracheas. Because a harness is designed to be worn around your pet’s body, it removes the pressure from his neck and distributes it evenly across his chest and back.
Some pets that have shallow eye sockets like pugs, French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers, could experience protosis, where their eyes literally pop out of the socket if too much pressure is put on the neck.
Wearing a harness around the body can easily prevent many of the injuries that might occur when wearing a leash.
Keeps Your Dog from Escaping
Some pets are often able to escape and run off after freeing themselves from their leash. This could be unsafe near traffic or even other dogs. Harnesses fit safely and securely around your pet, and help him walk properly during your outing.
Helpful For Dogs with Mobility Issues
A harness can be beneficial for older dogs or pets that struggle with their mobility. These devices are helpful for lifting them up while climbing the stairs or getting in and out of the car.
BENEFITS OF USING A COLLAR
Works for Mildly Active Pets
If you’re not planning frequent or long walks with your pet, a collar might be the best option for you.
You Have a Trained Dog
Got a pet whose already been trained by a dog boarding professional? Then a collar will work great for him.
Ideal for ID’ing Your Pet
The main purpose of a collar is to hold your pet’s identification. Even if they choose to use a harness, most owners opt to leave their dog’s collar on for normal use.
If you are in need of a new harness, come on down to The Barking Lot. We have a large selection with many different sizes and colorful designs! Our friendly staff is always there to help and answer any questions you may have!