Whether it’s time to buy a collar or harness for your puppy or dog for the very first time or replace one that’s wearing out, it’s important to understand that there are a variety of collars and harnesses that work for different dogs in different circumstances.
Here are some of the pros and cons of dog collars vs. dog harnesses for you to consider.
The Pros and Cons of Dog CollarsPros of dog collars:
Warning: Avoid so-called corrective collars, like choke collars and prong collars, which can cause neck injury, pain, and even strangulation.
The Pros and Cons of Dog Harnesses
Pros of dog harnesses: Considering buying a dog harness instead of a dog collar? Some of the advantages to harnesses include that they may:
Check out our step-by-step guide covering how to put on a dog harness, which walks through the process of putting on three of the main types of dog harnesses (standard, step-in, front clip).
As with buying collars, you’ll need to make sure you select the right size harness for your dog. A harness fits if you can slip one finger between your dog’s skin and the harness (for small dogs) or if you can fit two fingers between your dog’s skin and the harness (for large-breed dogs).
Article by AKC
My passion is dogs. I volunteer for dog rescue organizations for the past 25 years. I have been owned by 4 beagles over the past 30 years.