Why A Harness?
You pretty much have two options when it comes to leashing your dog. You can use a collar or
a harness. Collars are not bad to use but a harness does reward you with a few more things that provide a better experience. Harnesses typically give you more control over a dog. With large dogs that are pretty strong this provides you with a little more ability to handle them. Smaller breeds of dog may be more susceptible to straining injuries when wearing a collar. A harness will more evenly distribute the pressure along a dogs back and body instead of right on the neck like a collar would. This helps prevents injury with all dogs but especially smaller ones. Harnesses are a bit more difficult for dogs to wrestle out of than a collar is. This gives you some added security if you have a dog that has a very averse attitude to being leashed. Another thing people don’t often think about is car seatbelts. Your dog should be strapped in using a seatbelt when on a car ride for the same safety reason you are strapped in. A harness can easily be attached to a seat belt and provide a more stable experience as compared to a collar attachment.
Down below we cherry picked a few different harnesses that we felt were each unique in their own way. Our goal is to give the low down on these harnesses and let you decide from there!
The Babyltrl Harness is suitable for large dogs with a chest size of 22 to 35 inches. There are custom straps on this harness that allow you to create a customized fit for your dog within that range. The Babyltrl harness features a no pull design that evenly distributes pressure across the dogs whole body. The clip attachment point placement on the back of the harness helps this distribution of pressure and prevents choking and pulling. It is easy to put this vest on your dog. You don’t need to move your pups legs around all funny in order to get this harness on properly. Simply slip it right on to your pup and buckle the straps. Each snap has a locking feature as well making them much more secure. On the back of the vest there is a sturdy ring attachment point for leashes and nice handle for your own grip. The handle is meant to help you control or assist your dog. This harness also has reflective strips on it for improved visibility in low light. The harness is made from premium oxford nylon giving your dog a nice comfortable fit and experience. It is easy to clean and carry as well!
The PetLove dog harness comes in eight different sizes. There are three different sizes of extra small, a small size, a medium size, a large size, an extra large size, and a double extra large size. The triple extra small size fits dogs with a chest perimeter from 16.1 inches to 18.9 inches. Double extra small size fits dogs with a chest perimeter from 18.9 inches to 21.1 inches. Regular extra small size fits dog with a chest perimeter from 21.1 inches to 25 inches. The small size fits dogs with a chest perimeter from 25 inches to 29.1 inches. Medium size fits dogs with a chest perimeter from 27.5 inches to 32.7 inches. The large size fits dogs with a chest perimeter from 29.9 inches to 36.2 inches. Extra large size fits dogs with a chest perimeter from 33.1 inches to 44.5 inches. Finally, the double extra large size fits dogs with a chest perimeter from 35.4 inches to 48.1 inches. As you can see, there is a size of this harness for every type of dog. No matter how big or small. You can purchase the PetLove vest in a color of black, camo, green, orange, or red.
The PetLove harness is made from durable, scratch-resistant material. However, it is also lined with a comfortable lightweight mesh and padded with a soft sponge surface in the chest and belly areas. The harness is easy to take off and on your dog. It also includes adjustable straps to customize the nicest fit for your dog. Reflective material is also present on the harness to improve a dog’s visibility in the dark. PetLove offers a three month warranty for all of their products as well. PetLove packs and ships all of their orders out of their USA based warehouse within 24 hours.
Ruffwear Web Master
We are going to take a jump up in price with our next harness pick. The Ruffwear Web Master is a high quality harness that can be purchased in five different sizes. There is a double extra small size, an extra small size, a small size, a medium size, and a combined large and extra large size. The double extra small size is suitable for dogs with a chest size between 13 and 17 inches. The extra small size is suitable for dogs with a chest size between 17 and 22 inches. Small size is suitable for dogs with a chest size between 22 and 27 inches. Medium size is suitable for dogs with a chest size between 27 and 32 inches. Lastly, the combined large and extra large size is suitable for dogs with a chest size between 32 and 42 inches. You can purchase the Ruffwear Web Master is a color of twilight grey or red currant.
The Ruffwear Web Master is a really good harness for dogs that pull. It has two leash attachment points. One on the front chest area and one on the back. The front clip is good for training your dog not to pull. With the front clip attached you can essentially direct your dog on where to go because you can steer their chest with your leash. The back clip is good for when they know not pull and you can relax more without have to direct them a certain way. The attachment rings are reinforced with webbing to provide a good strong connection. There is also a handle like many other quality harnesses so you can assist your dog when need be. The harness has padded straps for added comfort. There are also five different areas where the harness can be adjusted so you are able to find just the right fit. The Ruffwear Web Master harness includes reflective trim for added visibility in the dark. There is also a built in light loop on this harness where you can attach the Ruffwear Beacon Light that is sold separately.
The One Tigris harness is definitely different than all the other harnesses we have reviewed in this article so far. It has a more militaristic look to it than the other harnesses. You can purchase it in a size of medium, large, or extra large. The medium size harness has a chest strap that fits between 19 to 30 inches. It has a belly strap that fits between 22 to 33 inches. Then the backside of the harness is 10 inches in length. Dogs between 33 and 66 pounds are likely to be best suited for the medium harness. The large harness has a chest strap that fits between 23 to 35 inches. It has a belly strap that fits between 27 to 41 inches. Then the backside of the harness is 11 inches in length. Dogs between 66 and 99 pounds are likely to be best suited for the large harness. The extra large harness has a chest strap that fits between 28 to 38 inches. It has a belly strap that fits between 32 to 44 inches. Then the backside of the harness is 13 inches in length. Dogs between 99 and 132 pounds are likely to be best suited for the extra large harness. You can purchase the One Tigris harness in a color of ranger green, coyote brown, grey, and black.
The One Tigris harness is durable yet soft and is made from high quality 1000D nylon. There is a good amount of padding in areas of pressure to ensure a comfortable fit for your dog. The harness features four quick release buckles that make taking the harness on and off pretty easy. There is a top handle for added control over your dog plus a v-ring right underneath the handle for leash attachment. The One Tigris also features a MOLLE system. MOLLE means modular lightweight load-carrying equipment. This type of system is typically found on equipment used by our men and women in uniform. Each side of the harness has two MOLLE straps along with hook and loop strips that allow you to attach MOLLE pouches or ID tags. There is also one full length strip of heavy duty loop panel for the ID badges on top of the harness. The strip is 9 inches long and 2 inches wide.
There is a general con that all of these harnesses share. The con is that because of each harness’ unique shape and nature they each may fit your dog funny or differently depending on their breed and size. It seems that even if the sizing is the right, each harness will be more suited for certain types of dogs based on the shape of your pup. SImply put, these harnesses are not one size fits all. They are still quality however and we feel that there is a good chance that the proper size harness will fit your dog nicely. We are just pointing out the possibility of a faulty fit.
There are some individual cons as well. If your dog is a hard puller then the PetLove harness may not be for you. This harness seems to be more susceptible to pulling. It also has a really big patch with the PetLove brand on it. This may be a turn off to some people because of the eye sore. On the Babyltrl harness it seems that the attachment ring may not be as strong as some of the other attachment rings on the other harnesses. This could be due to the design and support around the attachment ring on the Babyltrl harness. Now the PetLove harness and the Babyltrl harness are both a lower price than the Ruffwear Web Master harness and the One Tigris harness. So it is understandable that there may be some slight differences in quality depending on the money you are paying.
Right For Me?
We feel that all four of these harnesses are unique and worth in their own way. They fall at different price ranges so it presents you with a decision of what you are willing to spend. We think that no matter how much money you decide to spend you will get good quality for what you pay for!
Overall, we think that harnesses are very important to both training and and keeping your dog comfortable. There are so many to choose from, so don’t wait! Go find the perfect harness for you today!