Dog Harness Benefits For Large Breeds
Are you debating a collar or a harness? What’s your preference and what have you chosen for your dog? If you’re still reluctant about the purchase of a harness you may want to explore the following list of advantages.
Reduced Pressure on the Neck
The harness usually lays snug on the chest of your dog. There’s no pulling on the neck which reduces the risk of possible trauma, since large dog breeds are more sturdy than smaller breeds the possibility of trauma is reduced with larger breeds.
Pressure on the neck is a typical scenario in the case of a dog that pulls vigorously against the collar. This pressure could contribute to breathing difficulties and even anxiety. More anxiety contributes to more pulling, which leads to a vicious cycle.
Physical damage to the neck and the spine can occur rarely as a result of collar use but it’s still a risk to keep in mind. Whether you choose a collar or a harness it’s important to teach your dog how to walk sensibly.
The second benefit is a one that humans will enjoy much more than dogs. The harness allows for a higher level of control during the walk and it’s a suitable pick for inexperienced dog walkers.
A dog can easily pull on a collar and offer some degree of resistance. On instances, dogs have even managed to wiggle out of their collar and run free.
The risk of such accidents occurring is non-existent when a suitable harness is being used.
The harness is designed so that the dog faces the same direction as the owner. There are multiple contact points, rather than just one. A dog is more secure and a human will certainly feel more confident. Even highly energetic dogs of larger breeds will be relatively easy to control through the selection of a harness over a collar leash.
Support for Injured Dogs
A harness is a much better pick for an injured or a handicapped dog. Research suggests that it offers better support during walking and stair climbing.
The owner can use the harness and the multiple points of contact to assist a recovering dog in such activities. A lot of support will be needed when climbing stairs, for example. Some harnesses are created to make it easy for owners to lift pets who can’t go over a certain obstacle. These allow simultaneous lifting from the front and the back, which is much more comfortable for the dog.
A harness isn’t a replacement for a collar that carries the dog’s ID. Take your time to choose the right harness – there are standard products that wrap around the chest, harnesses for dog that have back issues, training harnesses, personalized harnesses and many other products. Explore the possibilities, compare them side by side and pick the one that will ensure optimal comfort and ease of control.
Owners can use harnesses to improve their communication with dogs during a walk. Many harnesses have two points of connection. This enables the owner to influence the behaviour of the dog and communicate a command more clearly. A gentle lift upward on the back connection, for example, will tell the dog know that it needs to slow down. The front connection is great for the purpose of communicating a direction. This communication takes place without impeding the dog’s breathing or pulling painfully on its neck. As a result, the harnesses can be incorporated in a training session that both parties involved will enjoy.
To decide whether a harness is right for your dog, you should simply give it a try. Some dogs dislike the feeling and they will require time to make the adjustment. Keep in mind that the harness isn’t a replacement for a collar that carries the dog’s ID. Take your time to choose the right harness – there are standard products that wrap around the chest, harnesses for dog that have back issues, training harnesses, personalized harnesses and many other products. Explore the possibilities, compare them side by side and pick the one that will ensure optimal comfort and ease of control.