Dog Harness or Collar?

It’s a question that every dog owner will eventually face: to collar or to harness? Of course, some dogs wear both, but when it comes down to choosing the best tool for your canine companion, you have to consider the pros and cons of both. Harnesses are great for walking dogs who pull on their leash. They’re also ideal for a number of other situations and breeds.

Harnesses and collars both have their place, depending on your dog’s needs and behaviors.

An ID tag is a useful tool for identifying your dog if he or she ever gets lost. The tag should be engraved with the dog’s name, your name and phone number.

Harnesses are more comfortable for dogs than collars, but they’re not always ideal for training purposes. Harnesses can be used to help train pets to walk on-leash, however. They may also be used by owners who find it difficult to manage their pets when walking them on a leash or those who just want their pet’s comfort first and foremost in mind when out in public places like parks or sidewalks where there is traffic around them at all times of day!

In addition to being designed specifically for this purpose, harnesses come equipped with clasps that allow you attach various accessories such as leashes (just like regular collars), hats/costumes etcetera so that your canine friend looks just as adorable dressed up as much! So why not have both?

Collars – what are they good for?

Collars are a good choice for dogs that don’t tend to pull and are well-behaved when walked. They also work well for dogs with breathing issues or trachea problems, since collars don’t constrict the neck area like harnesses do. You can get a leash that attaches to your dog’s collar, which makes walking them much easier than using just a regular leash.

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Collars aren’t our first choice because they can be hard on some dogs’ necks if they try pulling against them while being walked. Collars should only be used on non-pulling pets who enjoy walks so that they’re not put under unnecessary stress by the strap around their neck!

What is a dog harness?

A harness is a piece of equipment that goes around the dog’s chest or torso, with straps that attach to the leash. Harnesses are designed to distribute force across the chest and shoulders, rather than on the neck. This is important because there’s a lot of connective tissue between your dog’s head and body, and there’s not much blood supply to that area—which can lead to pain and injury if pulled too hard or for too long.

 When you should use a harness

If your dog is a puller, it’s time to consider a harness. This will help you maintain control over your pet while walking him or her. If your dog has breathing issues or trachea problems (due to age), it can be helpful to use a harness if he or she needs to be carried in and out of the car, groomer, vet office or other places where they may have difficulty breathing.

If you need to get somewhere quickly with your pup but don’t have time for them to sit still on leash while waiting for traffic lights and stop signs at intersections, then using a harness might be more convenient for both of you. Similarly if there are multiple people around trying their best to keep hold of the loose end of their leashes (or just one person holding two leashes), having your pup wear his own leash-like device will help everyone stay safe while they’re getting from A-to-B safely and efficiently!

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If you plan on bringing Fido with you when visiting friends who have pets (or even if they don’t have any pets at all!), using a vest like this one can make introductions easier by keeping dogs’ height differences under control so neither feels threatened by the other’s size advantage over them!

When you should use a collar

  • Daily use: A collar is a great option for everyday wear. It’s not as bulky as a harness, so it won’t get in your dog’s way or restrict him from doing the things he loves (like running around and playing fetch). A collar also allows your dog to easily slip out of it if he gets stuck on something like a tree branch or fence post.
  • Leash attachment: If you’re going to take your dog out on walks regularly, we suggest using a leash that connects to his collar. Leashes are useful for keeping control over your pup while walking outside and also keep unwanted people from reaching him if they try anything funny!
  • ID tag attachment: If you live in an area with strict requirements when it comes down to identifying pets with tags such as registration numbers or rabies vaccinations dates then attaching information directly onto their collars will quickly become annoying because most owners forget about this aspect until they need it most (i.e., after moving into new homes).


You should consider a harness for dogs that have breathing issues, such as pugs or bulldogs. Harnesses are also helpful for dogs that tend to pull on their leash, as they distribute the force of pulling over their entire bodies instead of concentrating it on their necks. If you have a small dog and haven’t tried one yet, we recommend trying out both types before deciding which is best for your pet!

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Collars are a good choice for dogs that don’t tend to pull and are well-behaved when walked. Collars are easy to find the right fit, come in many sizes and styles, and can be used as an ID tag if you’re concerned about your pet’s safety.

If your dog pulls heavily on leash or behaves aggressively towards other humans or animals, a harness is preferred over a collar because it distributes pressure across more of your dog’s body. However, if your canine friend tends to pull lightly or doesn’t have any aggressive tendencies at all, then a collar is probably the best option for you both!

In the end, it comes down to your individual dog. Some pups need a harness and others would be happier with a collar. Do some research into both options before you go shopping, so that you have an idea of what works best for your dog and their training level or health considerations. We always recommend being safe than sorry, so please don’t risk injuring your dog or putting them in danger by not choosing the right equipment for them!