The Benefits of Using a Dog Harness
Any dog owner knows that it’s essential to be able to control his/her dog whenever they’re out for an adventure. Two of the most practical ways to do so is to use a dog collar or a dog harness. But which one is better for your dog?
Here at Dog Wear Store, we are big fans of dog harnesses because of their many benefits compared to dog collars. Here are 4 reasons why you should be an advocate of dog harnesses :
- Avoiding Neck Damage and Strangling:
Dogs have a tendency to pull on the leash whenever they can. By using a dog collar, you harm your dog by creating repeated stress on the neck and strangling him/her.
Unfortunately, this can lead to long-term medical issues. For instance, pulling constantly on the dog’s neck can damage the thyroid glands and tissues around the neck area as well as the salivary glands. Pulling on the neck can also lead to respiratory problems, especially in specific dog breeds such as bulldogs.
That is why harnesses are a safer alternative to neck collars, since the pressure from constant pulling is spread all over the dog’s chest, hence putting less strain on the neck.
- Avoiding Skin Problems:
Prolonged use of neck collars can lead to skin irritations, especially if the collars are too tight around the neck. Collars can also cause hair loss, and the skin in those areas becomes more prone to infections.
With the use of an adjustable dog harness, you will be able to adjust the harness to perfectly fit the dog’s body.
- Controlling your dog’s movements:
Whether you’re using a strap or a chest harness, harnesses are more effective than collars since they wrap over your dog’s body. That’s why you are able to better control and redirect your dog’s movements as compared to dog collars, which focus solely on the neck.
Harnesses are also easier on your arms and back, especially if you have a big, strong, rebellious dog.
- Functional & Stylish:
There are many different kinds and styles of harnesses, such as strap harnesses, chest harnesses, coats with built-in harnesses, step-in harnesses, no-pull harnesses, reflective harnesses and the list goes on and on.
Some harnesses even combine functionality with style. For example, there are harnesses that are made of a pretty combination of colors and patterns, thus bringing together comfort, control and visual beauty all in one item.
To conclude, we believe that dog harnesses are more beneficial to our dogs than dog collars, and they keep our dogs healthy all while being functional, useful and stylish.