Collars or harnesses: what’s best for the dog? This is one of the golden questions of all dog owners. As a pet owner, you probably like the idea of taking your dog along, especially for long vacations. However, not all dogs are travel-friendly, and you have to take the necessary steps to ensure their safety. One of the better ideas is to replace the collar with a harness.
Using a harness
Unlike a collar, which is fastened on the neck of the animal, harnesses have dual straps, and the second one is used around the torso. This helps in distributing the force of the leash on the entire body, and therefore, if your dog is prone to pulling, the harness will ensure that there is no unexpected neck injury. Some harnesses have more than two straps. The third strap is usually fastened around the lower abdomen.
My dog doesn’t like the harness
Now that’s a problem with some dogs, although not very uncommon. If you haven’t used a harness in the puppy days, adult dogs may not love it right away. It’s all about persistence and patience. Keep in mind that dogs have unique personalities, just like humans, and therefore, they may not like a particular product. If you are traveling and must use a harness, you might want to get a trainer for some extra help.
Buying the harness
Before you buy dog harness, there are a few things to consider. Firstly, consider the breed and size of your dog. If you have a small dog, you don’t exactly need a big or sturdy harness. A regular standard one should be more than enough. However, for big and massive dogs, you need to be extra careful. For traveling needs, a no-pull harness might be a better choice. Such harnesses exert a pressure on the frontal armpits of the dog and force the animal to stop. Since the material will be close to skin, you have to keep an eye for skin irritation and infection. Of course, you need to also check the overall size of the harness that would fit your pet. Measure the neck and torso of the animal and compare the same with a regular size chart to know the best size.
A size bigger might be better for adjustments, especially if the pet has to stay in the crate during the travel period or in flights.