If you and your four-legged friend love to go on walks and outdoor adventures together, then we are sure you are already kitted out with a dog walking bag, dog coat and dog collar - but does your walking kit include a dog harness?
Dog harnesses are a great way to ensure your pet is not restricted and confined by their collar when going on walks, as it allows them to run more freely and prevents any throat injuries. If you are looking for a more secure and comfortable walk with your dog, then here is why harnesses are a great fit and the top picks of the best dog harnesses on the market.
How do dog harnesses work?
They work by evenly distributing the weight from the lead across your dog’s chest, allowing you more control over your pet. It also discourages them from pulling as you can redirect your dog easier.
What is better, a dog harness or dog collar?
As some dog collars can restrict breathing and damage the tissues in your dog’s neck, especially if they pull too hard, harnesses are a lot less restrictive and allow more comfort and freedom for your pup.
What to consider when looking for a dog harness?
There are various types of dog harnesses to choose from, but you need to make sure you pick the right one for your dog. Here are the different types of harnesses.
Front-clip dog harnesses: These offer more control over your dog and help stop your pet from pulling on the leash as much.
Back-clip harnesses: These are easier to fix on your dog and helpful for smaller breeds who have delicate necks. However, they are not the best option if you have a super active dog that pulls a lot.
Multi-clip dog harnesses: This kind of harness is becoming increasingly popular, as they offer the perks from both of these options. These harnesses will also have a handle in the middle for direct control. This is the best kind of harness to pick, in our opinion.
The best dog harnesses
Rabbitgoo No-Pull Dog Harness
Best overall dog harness
This everyday hassle-free overhead harness is easy to put on and off your pet and comes with two fast-release buckles. The chest attachment clip stops your dog from pulling on walks. The breathable padded air mesh is also weather-proof and has reflective threads so your pooch can stay visible in the dark.
Colours: It comes in 12 colours. Black, light blue, dark blue, coffee, dark green, grey, yellow, orange, pink, purple, red, dark grey.
Review: "After buying several "no pull" harnesses for my 18 months Staffy, all of which seemed to make him pull more, some made his chest sore from rubbing I ordered this hoping it was as good as the reviews say it is? I wasn’t disappointed. I can now walk my dog without him dragging me down the street! It’s like walking a different dog."
ThinkPet Dog Harness
Best harness for strong dogs
This heavy-duty dog harness is perfect for keeping dogs comfortable and well behaved in outdoor adventures. The no-pull design means you will better control your dog by attaching the leash to the front clip which is made with a front ring, back lip, handle and adjustable straps. Your pup will also stay visible in the dark with reflective features and cool with a soft mesh harness.
Colours: Black, green, light blue, camouflage blue, light green, grey, orange, red, purple, camouflage red, dark blue
Review: "Finally decided to purchase this harness and not another major brand. I'm really pleased Buddy had a habit of slipping out of his old harness. When he pulled backwards with this, he cannot. I bought medium, and it just fits on the smallest setting even though it measures 48cm in width. Previous reviews stated small on size, but I have not found this. Can't fault it for the price, and Buddy seems to find it comfy."
Funkeen Pet House
Best harness for small dogs
If you are looking for a year-round harness for small pups, then this design includes a stainless steel D-ring leash attachment point on the back for a leash and fully adjustable straps at the chest and neck (with 2 adjustable points) for a personalised fit for your four-legged friend.
Colours: Red and black
Review: "Really pleased with this harness bought for a Jack Russell cross. I liked that it’s not long down her back like many other harnesses, which aren’t suitable for small dogs. Also, like that, you don’t have to fiddle about with leg holes etc. This is so easy to get on a hyper dog-it just slips over her head & clicks under her belly. It feels secure & I’m confident she couldn’t escape from it. I also love that the lead can already be hooked up before connecting on to her, as she gets so excitable when she sees it “Walkies time”! Great harness!"
RUFFWEAR Front Range Dog Harness
Best dog harness for outdoor adventures
Do you and your companion love to go on outdoor adventures together? If so, then this lightweight and robust Ruffwear dog harness is equipped for your needs. The lead attachment features a reinforced webbing at the chest to withstand pulling which will give you added control. Additionally, it is designed with foam-padded strips across the chest and stomach to provide even weight distribution and support.
Colours: 8 choices, teal, orange, red, purplish blue, red, green, grey.
Review: "This is the most incredible harness you will ever use. If you have a dog like me who mostly gets off lead walks and as such pulls when on a lead, this harness is the perfect solution. The clip at the front of the harness means my dog can no longer pull because it would otherwise twist around so he knows he must walk slower. I cannot put into words how life-changing this is for the times he needs to walk “sensibly”. I even feel I can train him to heel with the help of this harness. It is of excellent quality. It also has the traditional clip on the back of the harness and obviously the ability to use both clips with a training lead. I was recommended this lead by another dog owner and I can honestly say it might literally be the best thing I’ve ever bought for my dog."
Wainwright's County Luxe Herringbone Weave Comfort Dog Harness
Best luxurious dog harness
Treat your pooch like royalty with this stylish harness made from luxurious woven herringbone and a soft plush lining for additional comfort in the chest. You and your pet will definitely be the most dapper on the block in this harness.
Colours: Green woven
Review: "Love the soft feel of the inside of this harness, and it doesn't knot his hair up like some other types of harness we have tried. Good fit and well made. I've had the harness for a few months now, used daily; it still looks like new."
Wag-a-Tude Quilted Dog Harness
Best stylish dog harness
If your dog looks pretty in pink, then this adorable quilted dog harness will suit them perfectly. This may look like an adorable dog coat and functions as a harness with two rings for a secure lead attachment and velcro and buckle closure. The perfect harness for winter walks.
Colours: Pink quilted
Hounds of Eden 'Pastel Pawcasso'
This House of Eden fashionable harness will take your pet's cuteness to a whole new level. Not only is it stylish but secure too with adjustable neck and chest straps and quick-drying neoprene material - great if your pooch enjoys a paddle. It also comes with a breathable mesh lining so your dog can stay cool no matter the weather.
Colours: Splatter effect in grey, pastel pink and teal.
How do I make sure my dog harness fits correctly?
The harness needs to fit your dog’s body snugly. To fit the harness to your dog, you need to allow for two fingers of space underneath the harness on all sides.
Are harnesses safe for dogs?
Yes, dog harnesses are safe to use as long as it fits your pet properly as you don't want it to be restrictive around their neck or other parts of their body. Make sure your dog's legs are entirely free to move so they can play around freely.