Joan Hunter Mayer, certified dog trainer and professional canine behavior consultant, and owner of TransPaw Gear, wrote an article for doggielawn.com explaining reasons why dog lovers might choose a harness over a collar.
As dog lovers, we always want to make the health and safety of our pups a priority. So when it comes to dog walking; Is a collar enough? Or should you be using a harness instead?
When you are deciding between choosing a harness or a collar for your pup, consider these points:
Protect Sensitive Areas & Vital Structures
When dogs pull while wearing a collar it can put increased pressure on their necks, potentially injuring areas such as the eyes, thyroid, lymph nodes, trachea, and spine. The usually overlooked, delicate structure of their necks makes them very vulnerable to damage. A 2006 study noted that the intraocular pressure increases significantly when dogs pull against a collar, as opposed to the same amount of force in a harness.
Even if your dog isn’t a big puller and it isn’t obvious that the collar is causing any harm or injury, eventually, this repetitive trauma will lead to discomfort for your dog — no matter if they are big or small.
For dogs that are more enthusiastic and will start running and hit the end of the leash with great force, it can lead to them forming negative associations with what they are pulling towards. Which in turn, can cause them to bark or lunge towards (or attempt to run away from) this person, animal, or object in the future.
Fewer Houdini Maneuvers
A well-fitting harness can keep the leash where it’s meant to be: attached to your dog. Often times, dogs learn how to slip out of collars (and some harnesses) that aren’t fitted correctly, which is dangerous for them and you. It is imperative to make sure the harness you choose is properly fit and does not go on simply by slipping it over the dog’s head, so you can overcome escape issues and enjoy peace of mind when you’re out and about.
How to choose the right harness:
The best harness will be escape-proof, yet comfortable for your dog, without restricting movement or causing chafing or rubbing, easy for you to use, and easy to keep clean. A well-fitting harness is the best bet to ensure the health and safety of your pup.
For more information and detail on these points, read the full article here.
Joan designed the TransPaw Gear Happy Harness to reduce chafing and offer freedom of movement, without the risk of canine jailbreak. It is simple to take on and off and its two clip versatility feature reduces pulling and is perfect for traditional walks and other activities. But most importantly, the design of the Happy Harness allows dog owners to decrease time worrying about their dog’s safety so they can spend more time unleashing adventures and harnessing fun!